The ACE Doubles (and Singles): Image Library
The BRITISH (published) ACE DOUBLES
In my search for
information on the ACE Doubles (and Singles), I have found a useful
reference for the British publications (including the ACE imprint that I
was uncertain about). This reference (information sent to me by a helpful
reader) is The Mushroom Jungle: A History of Postwar Paperback
Publishing by Steve Holland (1993) which I ordered from Barnes &
Noble (or from Gary Lovis at www.gryphonbooks.com)
. It appears as if the Black Spade Logo with the ACE imprint is separate
from the ACE American editions.
From a paragraph on p.
176: "The closure of Archer Press and Harborough Publications
in January 1954 were not to be the last heard of romance writer Paul
Renin, for in 1955 Raymond and Lilian Locker reappeared as Verlock
Press with more reprints. They had already experimented with a series
of reprints under the names Trident Books and Trent Books, the former
including the first reprinting of the now famous Jim Thomson, the
latter reprinting a series of Ace Doubles from America. Rather
confusingly they became Ace Books in 1957, although there was no
connection with the American company. Ace Books was sold to Four
Square Books in October 1959, then owned by the Godfrey Phillips
It also appears that ACE
doubles were published in England but are strange - to say the least.
They are set up as the tęte-bęche
format, but often they have a LION LIBRARY story on the flip side. I am
putting together what I have about these volumes and will include it in
a link from the appropriate ACE DOUBLES letter-number series page. Keep
tuned to this channel for more obscure stuff.
29 November 2002:
I have finally documented some of the ACE Doubles format volumes
printed in Great Britain. These volumes are slightly thicker in bulk
than the American ACE Doubles and have a heavier card stock for the
covers. What is interesting about these is that one of the stories is
from an American ACE Double and the flip side is a LION (Book) story.
The British ACE Doubles have a copyright date of 1953 (and 1954). The
cover art is REDRAWN from the American ACE Double, but no artist
information has been found (yet). These volumes are not numbered and
have a price of 2'6. Information concerning these volumes was found in
Books Are Everything, vol. 5 (no. 3), #23, September 1992, 18-19 [Tom
Lesser, British ACE Doubles] and vol. 5 (no. 4), #24, December
1992, 4 (letters section). Not all images are available at this time
and if any of the users of this site have any of these, or others not
listed, please send me images and copyright/printing information.
These are what I have currently found
(hopefully more to come).
J. LEITHHEAD The Lead-Slingers (reprints ACE Double
western D-18) with PAUL DURST Bloody River (reprints LION
MEL COLTON Double Take (reprints
ACE Double mystery D-27) with MICHAEL MORGAN Nine
More Lives (reprints LION 11 - "The Bloody Blonde"
- using the U. S. (United States) hardcover title and new cover art).
Both volumes have the "Trent Book Company Ltd" of
Liverpool, London listed as the publisher . Both are also "Made and
Printed in Great Britain by C. Tinling & Co Ltd., Liverpool,
London, and Prescot". The Colton side of the book also has the
following info: "Double Take, Copyright 1953, by Ace Books, Inc. All
rights reserved". The Morgan volume has the following: "An Ace Book by
arrangement with Random House Inc. Ace Edition published 1954
Copyright 1947 by Random House Inc. All rights reserved under
International and Pan-American Copyright Convention." This
information courtesy of an IMAGE LIBRARY user (Thanks Mike).
KEN MURRAY Feud In Piney Flats (reprints ACE Double
western D-34) with SAM ALLISON Trouble On Crazyman (reprints
A fourth British ACE Double merges two different American ACE stories
instead of a LION volume.
THEODORE S. DRACHMAN Cry Plague! (reprints ACE Double
D-13) with MARVIN CLAIRE The Drowning Wire (reprints ACE
Double mystery D-37).
In addition to ACE DOUBLES, it appears that ACE licensed the sale (of
either the story or the use of the ACE logo) of ACE SINGLES in England.
I have found a few in my travels and am still a bit confused about their
history (which is not documented anywhere I have found - yet - see
previous discussion to examine how confusing this is with respect to
So, keeping with the idea that the ACE IMAGE LIBRARY is a reference
source, here is what I have found (20 July 2006; updated 02 May 2008;
updated 08 January 2010; updated 01 April 2011). These all list
themselves as ACE Books, although the logo is often the ACE black spade.
Note: these volumes are published by
The Harborough Publishing Co Ltd; whose sole Australian Distributors are
Grenville Publishing Co.
JOHN LODWICK The
(1957; 1st ACE printing; WWII)
ARMSTRONG Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans (c.1955; 1957; 1st ACE
Louis Armstrong’s autobiography, Satchmo, printed in 1957 by UK
Ace Books, paints an evocative picture of New Orleans in the early
20th century with its early jazz legends (King Oliver, Kid Ory,
Harry Zero, etc) and the musical nightlife.
H-152 JEAN BRILHAC The Road to
Liberty (1957; 1st ACE printing)
The story of 186 French soldiers who escaped via Russia from
German POW camps Offlag 2D, Stalags 1, 2A and 2B early in WWII. They
reached England in September 1941 to fight with the Free French
H-160 JOHN STEINBECK In Dubious
Battle (1958; 1st thus)
H-169 JAMES McGOVERN Fraulein
(1958; 1st thus)
H-173 BENGI DANIELSSON Love In The
South Seas (1958; 1st thus)
A cover that is a bit more racy than would be acceptable in the
States at this time period. This book features 8 pages of B/W
photographs, and is a sociological study of Polynesian relationships
by the anthropologist on the Kon-Tiki expedition.
H-175 JOHN HORNE BURNS A Cry of
Children (1958; 1st thus)
H-182 ALBERTO MORAVIA The Fancy
Dress Party (c.1957; 1958)
H-184 ELLA LINGENS-REINER (Dr.) Prisoners
of Fear (1958; 1st UK ACE edition; WWII)
H-188 GERALD KERSH Night and the
City (c.1938; April 1959; 1st thus)
Night and the City was originally published in the UK
(hardbound) in 1938 by William Heinemann Ltd. This story was the
source for two films: the 1950 Night and the City starring
Richard Widmark and the 1992 release starring Robert de Niro.
H-190 D. H. LAWRENCE Lady
Chatterley's Lover (1958; 3rd printing)
Note that this edition is listed as "first authorised British
H-193 ANDRE SOUBIRAN The Healing Oath (Harborough Publishing Co. 1958;
First published in French. Translated
by Oliver Coburn. Sequel to the The Doctors. Contains four
(4) pages of advertisements for other Ace/Harborough titles.
CHEVALLIER Sainte Colline (cover by Vernon; 1958; 1st ACE
Listed as "A droll, irreverrent story about a French boys'
H-209 JAMES M. CAIN The Moth
(nd; 1st thus)
H-210 H. E. BATES Flying Officer X
(c.1942; 1958; 1st ACE printing)
Originally publishes under the titles How Sleep the Brave
and The Greatest People in the World (both c.1942) with H.
E. Bates using the pseudonym "FLYING OFFICER X." This edition
contains an addtitional three (3) stories.
A collection of 16 short stories including It's Never In The
Papers; There's No Future In It; The Young Man
From Kalgoorlie; It's Just The Way It Is; The Sun
Rises Twice; A Personal War; K For Kitty; The
Greatest People In The World; How Sleep The Brave; The
Beginning Of Things; Croix de Guerre; Yours Is The
Earth; There's Something In The Air; The Bell;
Free Choice Free World; and Sergeant Carmichael.
MILLER Focus (1958; 1st ACE printing)
Back cover has a photograph of a very
young Arthur Miller.
FREDERIC MORTON Asphalt
and Desire (1958; juvenile delinquent)
H-221 ALBERTO MORAVIA (translated
by Angus Davidson) The Time of Indifference (1958; 1st
H-226 PETER CHEYNEY The Sweetheart of the Razors (1958;
H-230 FRANCOISE MALLET-JORIS The
Red Room (1958)
H-233 JAMES M. CAIN Mildred Pierce
(nd; 1st thus)
H 235 J. D. SALINGER For Esmé -
With Love & Squalor (1959; 1st Ace impression)
By J. D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye."
H-238 CONSTNTINE FITZGIBBONS The
THOMAS Leftover Life To Kill (c.1957; 1959; 1st ACE printing)
Leftover Life To Kill is written by the widow of Dylan
H-241 JEAN-LOUIS CURTIS Dark
Streets of Paris (1959; 1st ACE impression)
H-242 D. H. LAWRENCE Women
In Love (1959)
H-245 CHARLES MERGENDAHL Rage of
Desire (cover by Vernon; 1959; 1st UK printing)
H-246 ALBERTO MORAVIA A
Ghost At Noon (1959)
H-248 CONSTANCE TOMKINSON Les Girls
(Harborough Publishing Co. 1959; graphics from Windmill Theatre)
H-249 YASUO KUWAHARA & GORDON T.
ALLRED Honshu (1959)
Japanese kamakzi pilots.
H-251 RONALD HARDY Kampong
(1959; 1st UK printing)
H-252 COLIN MacINNES City of Spades
(cover by Vernon; 1959; 1961; 1st UK printing)
Author's first book. A "Book Society
H-253 JAMES M. CAIN Jealous Woman
(cover by Vernon;1959; 1st UK printing)
This volume collects two novels (or novellas) originally
published separately by Avon Books: Jealous Woman and Sinful
H-255 MARGARETA BERGER-HAMERSCHLAG Journey
Into A Fog (c.1955; 1959; 1st ACE prinitng; juvenile delinquent)
H-258 NELSON ALGREN A Walk On The
Wild Side (nd; photo graphic cover; film tie-in)
A Walk On The Wild Side was filmed by Columbia Pictures
under the same title.
Here is another edition (earlier) of A
Walk On The Wild Side (thank you Tim for
supplying this image) with the same price and edition code (H-258).
H-261 ARTHUR SCHNITZLER La Ronde
(original title: Reigen; illustrated by Philip
Goug; 1959: film tie-in)
Listed as "Illustrated."
H-263 MARY McCARTHY The Company She
Here is the 2nd printing
(same numbering scheme - H263) of The Company She Keeps
(c.1959; 1960) with new cover art and a new cover blurb (compare
them for amusement).
H-265 ALBERTO MORAVIA A Ghost At
H-266 GOFFREDO PARISE Children of
the City (1959; 1st ACE printing)
Translated from the Italian by Stuart Hood.
H-268 MIRIAM COLWELL Young
(Harborough Publishing Co Ltd, London; 1959; 1st thus; juvenile
H-269 RICHARD WRIGHT Black Boy
(Harborough Publishing Co.; 1959; 1st thus; photo of author on back
"A Scorching Story of a Negro
Adolescent in a Hostile World ."
H-274 ROBERT SHAPLEN The Love Making of Max Robert (Harborough
Publishing Co. 1959; 1st thus)
Contains five (5) pages of advertisements for other ACE (UK
H-275 CHARLES MERGENDAHL The Lonely Ones (1959; 1st thus)
H-285 MAX CAULFIELD The
Black City (1959; gangs and juvenile delinquent)
H-289 ANONYMOUS The Fatal Decisions
(1959; British printing by The Harborough Publishing Co. Ltd;
H-290 CHARLES MERGENDAHL This
Spring of Love (1959; 1st thus)
H-293 PETER CHEYNEY Calling Mr. Callaghan (cover by
Interestingly, the cover art was snagged from Henry S. Maxfield's
Legacy of a Spy (Crest Book s288). Original Robert
McGinnis cover art for comparison. Thank you Tadeusz.
LAWRENCE The Virgin and the Gypsy & St. Mawr (1959; 1st ACE
WALKER Cosh Boy (1959; 1st ACE impression; juvenile delinquent)
Cosh Boy, based on a 1959 play written by Bruce Walker,
is about post-war Teddy Boy gangs terrorizing the neighbourhood.
H-305 BERTON ROUECHE The Last Enemy
(1959; 1st ACE impression)
H-310 PETER WILDEBLOOD West End
People (c.1958; 1959; 1st ACE printing)
Peter Wildeblood’s novel West End People about all the
nefarious characters in London’s Soho district was adapted into the
musical The Crooked Mile. It was originally published
(hardbound) in 1958 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson Ltd.
H-317 DONALD WINDHAM Let
Me Alone (1960; juvenile delinquent)
H-322 FRANCOISE MALLET-JORIS House
of Lies (1960; 1st thus)
H-323 BENGT DANIELSSON Forgotten
Islands of the South Seas (1960; listed as "illustrated')
H 325 TENNESSEE WILLIAMS The Roman
Spring of Mrs. Stone (1960; 1st Ace impression)
H-330 CURZIO MALAPARTE Kaputt
(1960; 1st ACE printing)
Translated from the Italian by
H-335 FRED URQUHART Time Will Knit
(1960; 1st thus)
H-338 WOLF MANKOWITZ Expresso Bongo
and Two Other Stories (1960; 1st ACE printing)
Title story made into a film with Cliff Richards and Laurence
Harvey. The other two stories are A Kid for Two Farthings
and Make Me An Offer.
H-340 JOHN WILES Asphalt Playground
(1960; juvenile delinquents)
H-341 GEORGES SIMENON The Trial of
Bebe Donge (1960)
H-345 JAMES M. CAIN Galatea
(c.1954; 1960; 1st British ACE printing)
Galatea was published by Signet Books (1152; 1954) and
precedes the publication of this edition.
H-346 COLIN MACINNES To The Victors
The Spoils (1960; 1st ACE printing)
H-348 FLANNERY O'CONNOR Wise Blood
(c.1955; 1960; 1st ACE printing)
Wise Blood is Flannery O'Connor's first novel and a dark
and disturbing southern gothic classic.
H-356 D. H. LAWRENCE The Lost Girl (1960)
H-368 CHARLES MERGENDAHL It's Only
Temporary (1960; 1st ACE printing)
H-372 ROBERT LANGDON Island of Love
(1960; photo cover)
H-375 EDGAR BOX (aka
GORE VIDAL) Death
in the Fifth Position (1960; 1st UK printing)
H-378 MATTHEW FINCH Dentist in the
Chair (1960; 1st ACE Harbourough edition)
Dentist in the Chair is a semi-autobiographical account
of how from 1946 to 1949 dental colleges gave preference to
returning WWII servicemen wishing to begin or restart their studies.
This tale gives some idea of the antics this particular group of
medical students got up to. Film cover with Bob Monkhouse.
H-381 TERRY SOUTHERN Flash and
Filigree (c.1958; 1960; 1st ACE printing)
First published by Andre Deutsh Limited in 1958 and is Terry
Soutern's first novel.
Terry Southern made his mark as an nfluential film writer on
film dialogue for Dr Strangelove, The Loved One, The
Cincinnati Kid, Easy Rider and The Magic Christian.
CHEYNEY G-Man at the Yard (1960; 1st ACE printing)
A Lemmy Caution novel.
H-393 HERBERT SIMMONS Corner Boy
(nd; juvenile delinquent)
FRANCOISE D'EAUBONNE The Cheats (1960; film tie-in)
cover with photo from the film)
Book directly on the French film "Les Tricheurs" of Marcel
RYMAN Teddy Boy (1960; 1st ACE printing; juvenile delinquent)
DENNIS MURPHY The Sergeant
(1960; 1st ACE printing)
LITTLE The Dear Boys (1960; 1st ACE printing; juvenile
H-415 NELSON ALGREN Never Come
H-418 COLIN McDOUGALL Execution
(1961; 1st ACE printing)
H-419 VIRGINIA WOOLF Between the
Acts (1961; 1st thus; photo cover insert of Virginia Woolf)
H-420 C. Y. LEE Lover's Point
H-422 RAY BRADBURY The October
Originally published as an ACE Books
edition in 1961, this volume was published by Four Square Books
(which owned the British ACE label) and continued to use the ACE
logo. From Donald H. Tuck's Encyclopedia (Vol. 1) is a
notice that the next printing of this story collection was also by
Four Square Books in 1963 using the same book number (H-422). Thanks
to Rias Nuninga for the image and information.
cover with a picture of a very young Ray Bradbury)
H-423 DYLAN THOMAS Adventures in
the Skin Trade (1961; listed as "first ACE Books edition")
H-425 E. R. BRAITHWAITE To Sir With
The book that brought about the movie of the same name and
starred Sidney Poitney.
H-429 JAMES JOYCE Stephen Hero
(1961; 1st ACE printing)
Listed as "the original draft of A Portrait of the Artist as
a Young Man."
H-436 D. H. LAWRENCE Kangaroo
(c.1923; 1961; 1st ACE printing)
Kangaroo was first published in England by William
Heinemann Ltd in 1923.
H-445 GEORGE GOODMAN A
Time For Paris (1961)
H-479 JULIAN MAYFIELD The Hit (1961; 1st thus)
A novel of Negro life in Harlem by an African-American writer.
NAUGHTON Late Night On Watling St. (1961; 1st thus)
BABER God's Blind Eye (1961; 1st ACE printing)
H-521 RAY BRADBURY The Small
H-535 SIMON RAVEN Brother
Cain (1962; 1st ACE printing)
H-542 ROGER NIMIER Children of
H-543 HUGH THOMAS (ed.) The
Establishment (1962; 1st ACE printing)
The Establishment or Seven Penetrating Essays on the
Power Structure of a Class Conscious Society examines this vague
body defined as the alliance or those institutions and social
attitudes which enable the ruling class to maintain their position.
MORAES Gone Away: An Indian Journal (1962; Travel/Adventure)
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