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A. E. van Vogt – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

A. E. Van Vogt
A. E. Van Vogt

Alfred Elton van Vogt (1912 – 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author. His fragmented, bizarre narrative style influenced later science fiction writers, notably Philip K. Dick. He was one of the most popular and influential practitioners of science fiction in the mid-twentieth century, the genre’s so-called Golden Age, and one of the most complex. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him their 14th Grand Master in 1995 (presented 1996).

By 1938, van Vogt decided to switch to writing science fiction, a genre he enjoyed reading. He was inspired by the August 1938 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, which he picked up at a newsstand. John W. Campbell‘s novelette “Who Goes There?” (later adapted into The Thing from Another World and The Thing) inspired van Vogt to write “Vault of the Beast”, which he submitted to that same magazine. Campbell, who edited Astounding (and had written the story under a pseudonym), sent van Vogt a rejection letter, but one which encouraged van Vogt to try again. Van Vogt sent another story, entitled “Black Destroyer”, which was accepted. It featured a fierce, carnivorous alien stalking the crew of a spaceship, and served as the inspiration for multiple science fiction movies, including Alien (1979). A revised version of “Vault of the Beast” would be published in 1940.

Van Vogt’s first completed novel, and one of his most famous, is Slan (Arkham House, 1946), which Campbell serialized in Astounding September to December 1940. Using what became one of van Vogt’s recurring themes, it told the story of a nine-year-old superman living in a world in which his kind are slain by Homo sapiens.

Prolific throughout this period, van Vogt wrote many of his more famous short stories and novels in the years from 1941 through 1944. The novels The Book of Ptath and The Weapon Makers both appeared in magazines in serial form during this era; they were later published in book form after World War II. As well, several (though not all) of the stories that were compiled to make up the novels The Weapon Shops of Isher, The Mixed Men and The War Against the Rull were also published during this time.

The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 14th Grand Master in 1995. Also in 1996, A. E. van Vogt received a Special Award from the World Science Fiction Convention “for six decades of golden age science fiction”. That same year, he was inducted as an inaugural member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

A. E. van Vogt – First Edition Identification Guide

Note: This list only includes works published prior to 1977.

How to Identify First Edition books by A. E. van Vogt Guide.
YearTitlePublisherFirst edition/printing identification points
1977THE ANARCHISTIC COLOSSUSNew York: Ace Books, [1977]Wrappers. First Ace printing: April, 1977 on © page. Ace 02255-3 ($1.75).
1952AWAY AND BEYONDNew York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, [1952]No statement of printing on © page.
ALSO: [New York]: Published by Berkley Publishing Corp., [1959], Wrappers. February, 1959 on © page. Berkley Books G-215 (35¢). Abridged reprint. Drops "Vault of the Beast and "Heir Unapparent."
1971THE BATTLE OF FOREVERNew York: Ace Books, [1971]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 04860 (95¢).
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1972]. Boards. First published in Great Britain 1972 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1963THE BEASTGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963First edition so stated on © page. Reissued as MOONBEAST. Later collected in A VAN VOGT OMNIBUS.
1974THE BEST OF A. E. VAN VOGTLondon: Sphere Books Limited, [1974]Wrappers. First published in Great Britain ... 1974 on © page. Sphere 0 7221 8774 2 (60p).
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1974]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1974 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1976THE BEST OF A. E. VAN VOGTNew York: Published by Pocket Books, [1976]Wrappers. Published July, 1976 on © page. Pocket 80546 ($1.95).
Note: Contents differ from Sphere and Sidgwick & Jackson editions.
1976THE BLAL[New York]: Kensington Publishing Corp., [1976]Wrappers. First Printing: August, 1976 on © page. Zebra Books 200 ($1.25). Reissue of MONSTERS.
1947THE BOOK OF PTATHReading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press ,1947Two issues, no priority:
  • (A) 500 copies with numbered leaf signed by author inserted;
  • (B) Trade issue. First edition so stated on © page. Reissued as TWO HUNDRED MILLION A.D. Later collected in A VAN VOGT OMNIBUS.
1972THE BOOK OF VAN VOGTNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1972]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 4 U QI 004 (95¢).
1967THE CHANGELING[New York]: A Macfadden-Bartell Book, [1967]Wrappers. A Macfadden Book .... 1967 on © page. Macfadden Books 50-335 (50¢). First separate edition. Originally collected in MASTERS OF TIME.
1970CHILDREN OF TOMORROWNew York: Ace Books, [1970]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 10410 (95¢).
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1972]. Boards. First published in Great Britain 1972 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1972THE DARKNESS ON DIAMONDIANew York: AceBooks. [1972]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 13798 (95¢). ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1974]. Boards. Published in Great Britain in 1974 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1952DESTINATION: UNIVERSENew York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, [1952]No statement of printing on © page.
1976EARTH FACTOR XNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1976]Wrappers. First DAW printing, August 1976/1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 206 UY1249 ($1.25). Reissue of THE SECRET GALACTICS.
1960EARTH'S LAST FORTRESSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-431 (35¢). Bound with LOST IN SPACE by George O. Smith. Reprint of MASTERS OF TIME. Also collected in TWO SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS.
1957EMPIRE OF THE ATOMChicago: Shasta Publishers, [1957]Boards. First edition so stated on © page.
1968THE FAR-OUT WORLDS OF A. E. VAN VOGTNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1968]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book H-92 (60¢). Later enlarged as THE WORLDS OF A. E. VAN VOGT.
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1973]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1973 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1973FUTURE GLITTERNew York: Ace Books, [1973]Wrappers. First Ace Printing: October 1973 on © page. An Ace Book 25980 (95¢). Reissued as TYRANOPOLIS. ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1976]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1976 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1976THE GRYB[New York]: Kensington Publishing Corp., [1976]Wrappers. First Printing: May , 1976 on © page. Zebra 182 ($1.25). Reprint collection. All stories collected from earlier books.
1950THE HOUSE THAT STOOD STILL[New York]: Greenberg: Publisher, [1950]No statement of printing on © page. Revised as THE MATING CRY. Reissued as UNDERCOVER ALIENS.
1971M 33 IN ANDROMEDANew York: Paperback Library, [1971]Wrappers. First Printing: April, 1971 on © page. A Paperback Library Science Fiction Original 65-584 (95¢).
1974THE MAN WITH A THOUSAND NAMESNew York: DA IV Books, Inc., [1974]Wrappers. First Printing, August 1974/1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 114 UQI 125 (95¢).
1950MASTERS OE TIMEReading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, 1950Two bindings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Dark red cloth, spine stamped in gold;
  • (B) Tan cloth, spine stamped in black. Two issues, no priority:
    • (A) 500 copies with numbered leaf signed by the author inserted;
    • (B) Trade issue. First edition so stated on © page. Includes "The Changeling."
ALSO: [New York]: A Macfadden-Bartell Book, [1967]. Wrappers. A Macfadden Book... 1967 on © page. Macfadden Books 50-334 (50c). Drops "The Changeling."
1960THE MATING CRY[New York]: Beacon Books. [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Beacon Book 289 (Galaxy Novel No. 44) (35¢). Revision of THE HOUSE THAT STOOD STILL.
1957THE MIND CAGENew York: Simon and Schuster . 1957Boards with cloth shelf back. First printing so stated on © page. Later collected! in VAN VOGT OMNIBUS (2).
1952MISSION: INTERPLANETARY[New York]: Published by the New American Library. [1952]Wrappers. First printing, January, 1952 on © page. N.A.L. Signet Books 914 (250). Reissue of THE VOYAGE OF THE SPACE BEAGLE.
1955MISSION TO THE STARSNew York: Berkley Publishing Corp.. [1955]Wrappers. December, 1955 on © page. Berkley Books 344 (250). Reissue of THE MIXED MEN.
1952THE MIXED MENNew York: Gnome Press, [1952]Two bindings, probable priority as listed: (A) Blue boards, spine lettered in red; (B) Blue cloth, spine lettered in red. First edition so stated on © page. Reissued as MISSION TO THE STARS.
1965MONSTERSNew York: Paperback Library, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. First Printing: February, 1965 on © page. Paperback Library 52-5115 (50¢).
Note: Second printing issued in 1967 bears the cover title SCIENCE FICTION MONSTERS. Reissued as THE BLAL.
1969MOONBEAST[London]: Panther Science Fiction., [1969]Wrappers. Panther edition published 1969 on © page. Panther 586 02937 0 (5/-). Reissue of THE BEAST.
1972MORE THAN SUPERHUMAN![New York]: A Dell Book, [1972]Wrappers. First printing-May 1971 on © page. Dell 5818 Note: Two stories are collaborations, one with Forrest J. Ackerman, the other with James H. Schmitz.
1955ONE AGAINST ETERNITYNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1955]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-94 (35¢). Bound with THE OTHER SIDE OF HERE by Murray Leinster. Reissue of THE WEAPON MAKERS.
1948OUT OF THE UNKNOWNLos Angeles: Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc., [1948]Two bindings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Light blue mesh weave cloth;
  • (B) Dark blue pebbled grain cloth. First edition so stated on © page. With E. MAYNE HULL.
Note: Collects three stories, "The Sea Thing, "The Witch, "and  "The Ghost" by van Vogt, with the remaining three by his wife, E. Mayne Hull.
ALSO: [Reseda, California: Powell Publications, Inc., 2969.] Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Powell Sci-Fi PP 128 (95c). Adds introduction by van Vogt arid story "The Wellwisher" by E. Mayne Hull. Issued later as THE SEA THING.
ALSO: [London]: New English Library, [1970]. Wrappers. First NEL abridged edition, October 1970 on © page. New English Library Science Fiction 2793 (25p). Abridged reprint. Collects five of the six stories in the 1948 FPCI edition, deleting "The Witch" by van Vogt.
1956THE PAWNS OF NULL-ANew York: Ace Books, [1956]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double-Size Books D-I87 (35¢). Reissued as THEPLAYERS OF NULL-A.
1954PLANETS FOR SALENew York: Frederick Fell, Inc., Publishers, [1954]Boards. No statement of printing on © page. With E. MAYNE HULL.
Note: A novelization of a series of five stories by E. Mayne Hull first published in Astounding Science Fiction in partial collaboration with van Vogt. It is probable that van Vogt is responsible for the novelization. Title page of the Fell edition credits E. Mayne Hull only. Novel was reissued in 1965 by the Book Company of America of Beverly Hills attributing the work to both authors. See van Vogt, Reflections, pp. 75-76. Later collected in A VAN VOGT OMNIBUS.
1966THE PLAYERS OF NULL-A[New York]: Published by Berkley Publishing Corp., [1966]Wrappers. March, 1966 on © page. Berkley Medallion Fl 195 (50¢). Minor textual revisions. Issued earlier as THE PAWNS OF NULL-A.
ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1970]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1970 on © page. Text follows 1966 Berkley edition. New introduction by van Vogt. First hardcover edition.
ALSO: Boston: Gregg Press, 1977. First Printing, June 1977 on © page. Text follows 1966 Berkley edition. Replaces van Vogt introduction with one by Charles Platt. Note: Not issued in dust jacket.
1971THE PROXY INTELLIGENCE AND OTHER MIND BENDERSNew York: Paperback Library, [1971]Wrappers. First Printing: January, 1971 on © page Paperback Library Science Fiction Original 64-512 (75¢). "The Proxy Intelligence" was later collected in THE UNIVERSE MAKER AND THE PROXY INTELLIGENCE.
1970QUEST FOR THE FUTURENew York: An Ace Book, [1970]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 69700 (95¢).
ALSO: New York: Ace Books, Inc., [1970]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Two printings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Code 43L on page 179;
  • (B) Code 10 M on page 179. First hardcover edition.
Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1965ROGUE SHIPGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965First edition so stated on © page.
1970THE SEA THING AND OTHER STORIESLondon: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1970]Boards. First published in Great Britain 1970 on © page. With E. MAYNE HULL. Reissue of the 1969 Powell edition of OUT OF THE UNKNOWN.
1974THE SECRET GALACTICSEnglewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., [1974]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. A Reward Book Science Fiction Original No. 1 ($2.45). Reissued as EARTH FACTOR X.
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1975]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1975 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1959SIEGE OF THE UNSEENNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1959]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-391 (35¢). Bound with THE WORLD SWAPPERS by John Brunner. Issued later in Great Britain as THREE EYES OF EVIL (see TWO SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS).
1969THE SILKIENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1969]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 76500 (60¢).
ALSO: Sauk City: Arkham House, 1946. No statement of printing on © page.
ALSO: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1951. Boards with cloth shelf back. First printing so slated on © page. Revised text. Later collected in TRIAD and VAN VOGT OMNIBUS (2).
1977SUPER MINDNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1977]Wrappers. First DAW printing, January 1977 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 224 UY1275 ($1.25).
1959TRIADNew York: Simon and Schuster, [1959]Boards. Four printings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Code A 13 on page [528];
  • (B) Code A 18 on page [528];
  • (C) Code B-4 on page [528];
  • (D) Code D45 on page [528].
No statement of printing on © page. Reprint. Collects THE WORLD OF A, THE VOYAGE OF THE SPACE BEAGLE, and SLAN. Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1964THE TWISTED MENNew York: Ace Books., Inc., [1964]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-253 (40¢). Bound with ONE OF OUR ASTEROIDS IS MISSING by Calvin M. Knox.
1964TWO HUNDRED MILLION A.DNew York: Paperback Library, Inc., [1964]Wrappers. First Printing: July, 1964 on © page. Paperback Library Silver Edition 52-304 (50¢). Reissue of THE BOOK OF PTATH.
1973TWO SCIENCE FICTION NOVELSLondon: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1973]Boards. This edition first published in 1973 ... on © page. Reprint. Collects THE THREE EYES OF EVlL(issued earlier in the U.S. as SIEGE OFTHE UNSEEN) and EARTH'S LAST FORTRESS. First hardcover printing for both titles.
1977TYRANOPOLISLondon: Sphere Books Limited, [1977]Wrappers. First Sphere Books edition 1977 on © page. Sphere SF 0 7221 8734 3 (85p). Reissue of FUTURE GLITTER.
1976UNDERCOVER ALIENS[London]: Panther, [1976]Wrappers. Published in Great Britain in 1976 ... on © page. Panther Science Fiction 586 043241 (50p). Reissue of THE HOUSE THAT STOOD STILL.
1953THE UNIVERSE MAKERNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1953]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page, Ace Double Novel Books D-31 (35¢). Bound with THE WORLD OF NULL-A by van Vogt. Collected later in THE UNIVERSE MAKER AND THE PROXY INTELLIGENCE.
1976THE UNIVERSE MAKER AND THE PROXY INTELLIGENCELondon: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1976]Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1976 ... on © page. Reprint. Collects THE UNIVERSE MAKER and THE PROXY INTELLIGENCE. First hardcover printing for both titles.
1967A VAN VOGT OMNIBUSLondon: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1967]Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Reprint. Collects PLANETS FOR SALE (with E. Mayne Hull), THE BEAST, and THE BOOK OF PT ATH.
1971VAN VOGT OMNIBUS (2)London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1971]Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Reprint, Collects THE MIND CAGE, THE WINGED MAN (with E. Mayne Ml), and SLAN.
1962THE VIOLENT MANNew York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, [1962]First printing so stated on © page.
1950THE VOYAGE OF THE SPACE BEAGLENew York: Simon and Schuster, 1950Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Reissued as MISSION: INTERPLANETARY. Later collected in TRIAD.
1959THE WAR AGAINST THE RULLNew York: Simon and Schuster. 1959Boards with cloth shelf back. First printing so stated on © page.
1947THE WEAPON MAKERSProvidence,R.I.: Hadley Publishing Co., [1947]No statement of printing on © page. ALSO: New York: Greenberg: Publisher, [1952]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Revised text. Reissued as ONE AGAINST ETERNITY.
1951THE WEAPON SHOPS OF ISHERNew York: Greenberg: Publisher, [1951]No statement of printing on © page.
1966THE WINGED MANGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1966First edition so stated on © page. With E. MAYNE HULL. Note: Short novel by Hull rewritten and expanded by Van Vogt. Later collected in VAN VOGT OMNIBUS (2).
1962THE WIZARD OF LINNNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-154 (40¢).
ALSO: [London]: New English Library, [1976]. Boards. First published in hardcover in Great Britain, in 1976 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1948THE WORLD OF ANew York: Simon and Schuster, 1948No statement of printing on © page. Later collected in TRIAD.
ALSO: THE WORLD OF NULL-A. [New York]: Published by Berkley Publishing Corporation, [1970]. Wrappers. A Berkley Medallion Book S1802 (75¢). Revised text and new introduction.
1974THE WORLDS OF A. E. VAN VOGTNew York: Ace Books, [1974]Wrappers. First Ace printing: January 1974 on © page. Ace 22812 ($1.25). Collects contents of THE FAR-OUT WORLDS OF A. E. VAN VOGT and adds "The Storm", "The Expendables," and "The Reflected Men."

A. E. van Vogt – First Printing Dust Jacket Identification Points

Gallery of First state Dust Jackets of van Vogt’s works. Only includes the first appearance in book form. Either the UK or US edition and does not include later printings.

Reference:

  • Wikipedia
  • L. W. Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction.

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