Publisher:Ace

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Ace books at Wikipedia

  • Founded 1952, started publishing SF 1953.
  • Acquired by Grosset & Dunlap in 1972
  • In 1982, Grosset & Dunlap was acquired by Putnam
  • Acquired by Penguin Group USA during the purchase of Putnam in 1996.

Usual ISBN Prefix 0-441

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Printing date and number

From 1953 through 1968 Ace used lettered catalog numbers. There is no printing date nor number in these publications though the copyright and price can be used to bracket when the publication may have been published. For the most part these publications are dated via secondary sources.

In 1969 Ace started using five digit catalog numbers. The last digit of these numbers tend to show the printing number.

  • Catalog numbers ending in 0 or 5 are a first printing.
  • Catalog numbers ending in 1 or 6 are a second printing.
  • Catalog numbers ending in 2 or 7 are a third printing.
  • Catalog numbers ending in 3 or 8 are a fourth printing.
  • Catalog numbers ending in 5 or 9 are a fifth printing.

If a publication went into a sixth or later printing Ace usually continued numbering up past 5 or 9. This pattern can be used to detect possible missing editions. For example, the 4th printing is not shown on ISFDB meaning a bibliographer should search to see if it exists.

   * The Sioux Spaceman / And Then the Town Took Off, (1960 , Richard Wilson, Andre Norton, Ace Double, #D-437
   * The Sioux Spaceman, (1966 , Andre Norton, Ace, #F-408, $0.40, 133+10pp, pb) 
   * The Sioux Spaceman, (1969 , Andre Norton, Ace, #76801, 133+11pp, pb)
   * The Sioux Spaceman, (1974 , Andre Norton, Ace, #76802, 160pp, pb)
   * The Sioux Spaceman, (Aug 1984 , Andre Norton, Ace, 0-441-76804-0, $2.50, 160pp, pb)

This pattern continued after Ace switched to using ISBNs. At a later date Ace adopted the convention used by many publishers where they don't change the ISBN and instead use a number line on the copyright page.

Pricing codes

  • S-books are 25¢
  • D-books are 35¢
  • F-books are 40¢
  • M-books are 45¢
  • G-books are 50¢
  • H-books are 60¢
  • A-books are 75¢

(source: primary source)

Street Addresses

Address in ~1971[1] and ~1973[2]

Ace Books
A Division of Charter Communications, Inc.
1120 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N.Y. 10036

Science Fiction from the Great Years

Science Fiction from the Great Years is a publisher's series produced by Ace Books in the early 1970s. Known titles are: Image:Science Fiction from the Great Years.jpg

Logos

Image:Ace SF (logo).gif Ace SF logo from title page of Rajan published April 1984. The title has this logo over "SF", the spine has the logo over "Ace / Science / Fiction", and on the front cover it's over the vertically oriented "ACE SF|70801-3|$2.25".

Verification Sources

1. ^  Star Gate by Andre Norton published Estimate June 1971 .
2. ^  Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton published Estimate 1973 to 1975 .

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