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Poul Anderson – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Poul Anderson
Poul Anderson

Poul William Anderson (1926 – 2001) was an American science fiction author from the 1940s until the 21st century. Anderson wrote fantasy novels, historical novels, and short stories. His awards include seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.

Poul Anderson’s first stories were published by John W. Campbell in Astounding Science Fiction: “Tomorrow’s Children” by Anderson and F. N. Waldrop in March 1947 and a sequel, “Chain of Logic” by Anderson alone, in July. He earned his B.A. in physics with honors but became a freelance writer after he graduated in 1948. He placed his third story in the December Astounding.

In 1965, Algis Budrys said that Anderson “has for some time been science fiction’s best storyteller”. He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) in 1966 and of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers’ Guild of America (SAGA), also in the mid-1960s. The latter was a loosely-knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors led by Lin Carter, originally eight in number, with entry by credentials as a fantasy writer alone. Anderson was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972.

Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens’ Advisory Council on National Space Policy. The Science Fiction Writers of America made Anderson its 16th SFWA Grand Master in 1998 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted him in 2000, its fifth class of two deceased and two living writers.

Poul Anderson – First Editions Identification Guide

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

How to Identify First Edition books by Poul Anderson Guide
YearTitlePublisherFirst edition/printing identification points
1962AFTER DOOMSDAYNew York: Ballantine Books, [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ballantine Books 579 (35¢).
ALSO: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. First hardcover edition.
1965AGENT OF THE TERRAN EMPIREPhiladelphia and New York: Chilton Books, [1965]First edition so stated on © page.
1976THE BEST OF POUL ANDERSONNew York: Published by Pocket Books, [1976]Wrappers. August, 1976 on © page.Pocket Books 80671 ($1.95).
1971BEYOND THE BEYOND[New York]: Published by The New American Library, [1969]Wrappers. First printing, August, 1969 on © page. Signet Science Fiction T3947 (75¢).
ALSO: New York: New American Library., [1969]. Boards. Two printings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Code 19 L on page 275;
  • (B) Code 42 L on page 275. First hardcover edition.
Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club. ALSO: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1970. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Deletes "Day of Burning."
1975THE BOOK OF POUL ANDERSONNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1975]Wrappers. First printing, June 197511 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 153 UW1176 ($1.50). Reissue of THE MANY WORLDS OF POUL ANDERSON.
1954BRAIN WAVENew York: Ballantine Books, [1954]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ballantine Books 80 (35¢).
ALSO: Melbourne :: London :: Toronto: William Heinemann Ltd, [1955]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. First hardcover edition.
1971THE BROKEN SWORDNew York: Abelard-Schuman, [1954]Boards. No statement of printing on © page.
ALSO: New York: Ballantine Books, [1971]. Wrappers. First Printing: January, 1971 on © page. Ballantine Books 02107-X-095 (95¢). Revised text.
ALSO: [Tisbury, Wiltshire]: Compton Russell, [1974]. Boards. This Library Edition published in Great Britain 1974 ... on © page. First hardcover edition of re vised text.
Note: Issued in an imprinted plastic dust jacket.
1971THE BYWORLDER[New York]: New American Library, [1971]Wrappers. First Printing, September, 1971 on © page. Signet Science Fiction T4780 (75¢). ALSO: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1972. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. First hardcover edition.
1970A CIRCUS OF HELLS[New York]; New American Library, [1970]Wrappers. First Printing, May, 1970 on © page. A Signet Science Fiction T4250 (75¢).
1965THE CORRIDORS OF TIMEGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965First edition so stated on © page.
1971THE DANCER FROM ATLANTISGarden City: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., [1971]Boards. Seven printings, priority as listed with the exception of the first two, both printed in the same week. Copies exhibiting both codes were distributed in August 1971, the month of publication :
  • (A) Code 29 M on page 179;
  • (B) Code B29 on page 182;
  • (C) Code 48M on page 179;
  • (D) Code 21N on page 179;
  • (E) Code D41 on page 181;
  • (F) Code E36 on page 181;
  • (G) Code G3 on page 181.
No statement of printing on © page.
Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1974THE DAY OF THEIR RETURNGarden City: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., [1974]Boards. Three printings, priority as listed1:
  • (A) No printing code;
  • (B) Code E24 on page 181;
  • (C) Code F45 on page 181.
No statement of printing on © page.
Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1961EARTHMAN, GO HOMENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1961]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page.Ace Double Novel Books D-479 (35¢). Bound with TO THE TOMBAUGH STATION by Wilson Tucker. Collected later in FLANDRY OF TERRA.
1957EARTHMAN'S BURDENNew York: Gnome Press Inc., [1957]Two bindings, probable priority as listed:
  • (A) Pale blue boards printed in dark blue:
  • (B) Gray cloth printed in red.
First edition so stated on © page. With GORDON R. DICKSON.
1959THE ENEMY STARSPhiladelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959Boards. First edition so stated on © page.
1966ENSIGN FLANDRYPhiladelphia andNew York: ChiltonBooks, [1966]First edition so stated on © page.
1974FIRE TIMEGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1974Boards. First edition so stated on © page.
1965FLANDRY OF TERRAPhiladelphia andNew York: ChiltonBooks, [1965]First edition so stated on © page. "The Game of Glory" appears for the first time in book form while the others, "A Message in Secret" and "A Plague of Masters," appeared in book form as MAYDAY ORBIT and EARTHMAN, GO HOMES respectively.
1966THE FOX, THE DOG, AND THE GRIFFIN A FOLK TALE ADAPTED FROM THE DANISH OF C. MOLBECHGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., [1966]First edition so stated on © page.
1960THEGOLDEN SLAVENew York: Avon Book Division, [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Avon T-388 (35¢).
1960GUARDIANS OF TIMENew York: Ballantine Books, [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ballantine Books 422K (35¢).
ALSO: London; Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1961. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. First hardcover edition.
1960THE HIGH CRUSADEGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1960First edition so stated on © page.
1976HOMEBREWCambridge, Massachusetts: The NESFA Press, 1976Two issues, no priority:
  • (A) Three-quarter leather and marbled boards. 17 copies lettered A-Q signed by the author. "Finebound" issue.
  • (B) 500 numbered copies signed by the author. No statement of printing on © page. Contains three short stories, "House Rule," "A Philosophical Dialogue," and "Lost Secrets Revealed," plus other material.
1975HOMEWARD AND BEYONDGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975Boards. First edition so stated on © page.
1968THEHORN OF TIME[New York]: Published by The New American Library, [1968]Wrappers. First printing, January, 1968 on © page. Signet Science Fiction P3349 (60¢).
1973HROLFKRAKI'S SAGANew York: Ballantine Books, [1973]Wrappers. First Printing: October, 1973 on © page. Ballantine Books 23562 ($1.25).
1974INHERITORS OF EARTHRadnor, Pennsylvania: Chilton Book Company, [1974]Boards. First edition so stated on Copyright page. With GORDON EKLUND.
1975A KNIGHT OF GHOSTS AND SHADOWSGarden City: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., [1975]Boards, Code 12R on page 179. No statement of printing on © page. Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1963LET THE SPACEMEN BEWARENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-209 (40¢). Bound with THE WIZARD OF STARSHIP POSEIDON by Kenneth Bulmer. ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1969]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1969 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1975THE LONG WAY HOME[Frogmore]: Panther, [1975]Wrappers. First Published in Great Britain in 1975 ... on © page. Panther Science Fiction 586 04284 9 (50p). Reissue with textual changes of NO WORLD OF THEIR OWN.
1962THE MAKESHIFT ROCKETNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-139 (40¢). Bound with UN-MAN AND OTHER NOVELLAS by Anderson.
ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1969]. Boards. First published in Great Britain 1969 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1974THE MANY WORLDS OF POUL ANDERSONRadnor, Pennsylvania: Chilton Book Company, [1974]First edition so stated on © page. Reissued as THE BOOK OF POUL ANDERSON.
1961MAYDAY ORBITNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1961]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books F-104 (40¢). Bound with NO MAN'S WORLD by Kenneth Bulmer. Collected later in FLANDRY OF TERRA.
1974A MIDSUMMER TEMPESTGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1974First edition so stated on © page.
1977MIRKHEIMNew York: Published by Berkley Publishing Corporation, [1977]No statement of printing on © page.
1962MURDER BOUNDNew York: The Macmillan Company, 1962Boards. First printing so stated on © page.
1960MURDER IN BLACK LETTERNew York: The Macmillan Company, I960Boards. First printing so stated on © page.
1955NO WORLD OF THEIR OWNNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1955]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-l 10 (35¢). Bound with THE 1,000 YEAR PLAN by Isaac Asimov. Reissued as THE LONG WAY HOME.
1971OPERATION CHAOSGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1971First edition so stated on © page.
1961ORBIT UNLIMITEDNew York: Pyramid Books, [1961]Wrappers. First printing: May 1961 on © page. Pyramid G615 (35¢).
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1974]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1974 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1973THE PEOPLE OF THE WIND[New York]: New American Library., [1973]Wrappers. First printing, May 1973 on © page. Signet 451-Q5479-095 (95¢). ALSO: Boston: Gregg Press., 1977. First Printing, June 1977 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1959PERISH BY THE SWORDNew York: The Macmillan Company, 1959Boards. First printing so stated on © page.
1957PLANET OF NO RETURNNew York: Ace Books, [1957]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-l 99 (35¢). Bound with STAR GUARD by Andre Norton. London: Dennis Dobson, [1966]
1973THE QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS AND OTHER STORIES[New York]: New American Library, [1973]Wrappers. First printing, December, 1973/1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. Signet Q5713 (95¢).
1969THE REBEL WORLDS[New York]: Published by The New American Library, [1969]Wrappers. First printing, October, 1969 on © page. A Signet Science Fiction T4041 (75¢).
1960ROGUE SWORDNew York: Avon Book Division, [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Avon T-472 (35¢).
1969SATAN'S WORLDGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1969First edition so stated on © page.
1969SEVEN CONQUESTS[New York]: The Macmillan Company Collier-Macmillan Ltd., London, [1969]First printing so stated on © page.
1965SHIELD[New York]: Published by Berkley Publishing Corporation, [1965]Wrappers. April, 1963 on © page.Berkley Medallion F743 (50¢).
ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1965]. Boards. First published in Great Britainin 1965 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1958THE SNOWS OF GANYMEDENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1958]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-303 (35¢).
Bound with WAR OF THE WING-MEN by Anderson.
1965THE STAR FOXGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965First edition so stated on © page.
1975STAR PRINCE CHARLIENew York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1975]No statement of printing on © page. Two dust jacket states, priority as listed:
  • (A) Anderson/Dickson on dust jacket spine panel with slash between authors' names barely discernible;
  • (B) Slash is apparent. With GORDON R. DICKSON.
ALSO: [New York]: Published by Berkley Publishing Corporation, [1977]: Wrappers. January, 1977 on © page. A Berkley Medallion Book0-425-03078-4 ($1.25). Text copy edited.
1956STAR WAYSNew York: Avalon Books, [1956]No statement of printing on © page.
1961STRANGERS FROM EARTHNew York: Ballantine Books, [1961]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ballantine Books 483 K (35¢).
1970TALES OF THE FLYING MOUNTAINS[New York]: The Macmillan Company, [1970]First printing so stated on © page.
1970TAU ZEROGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1970]First edition so stated on © page.
1972THERE WILL BE TIMEGarden City: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., [1972]Boards. Three printings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Code 377V on page 177;
  • (B) Code 23P on page 177;
  • (C) Code 29Q on page 177.
No statement of printing on © page.
Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1961THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONSGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1961First edition so stated on © page.
1964THREE WORLDS TO CONQUERNew York: Pyramid Books, [1964]Wrappers. First printing April 1964 on © page. Pyramid Books R-994 (50¢).
1964TIME AND STARSGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1964First edition so stated on © page.
ALSO: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1964. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Drops "Eve Times Four."
1964TRADER TO THE STARSGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1964First edition so stated on © page.
1966THE TROUBLE TWISTERSGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1966First edition so stated on © page.
1961TWILIGHT WORLDNew York: A TorquilBook Distributed by Dodd, Mead & Company, [1961]Boards. Two issues, priority not established but probably simultaneous:
  • (A) Price $2.95 appears in upper right corner of front dust jacket flap. Trade issue.
  • (B) No price, BOOK CLUB/EDITION in lower right corner of front dust jacket flap. Book club issue. Code B-49 on page 181 of both issues.
Note: Both issues were produced from the same print run and released in February 1961.
1962UN-MAN AND OTHER NOVELLASNew York: Ace Books. Inc., [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-139 (40¢). Bound with THE MAKESHIFT ROCKET by Anderson.
ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1972]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1972 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1952VAULT OF THE AGESPhiladelphia Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, [1952]First edition so stated on © page.
1959VIRGIN PLANETNew York: Avalon Books, [1959]No statement of printing on © page.
1955WAR OF THE WING-MENNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1955]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page.rice Double Novel Books D-303 (35¢). Bound with THE SNOWS OF GANYMEDE by Anderson. ALSO: Boston: Gregg Press, 1976. First Printing, June 1976 on © page. First hardcover edition. Note: Not issued in dust jacket.
1959THE WAR OF TWO WORLDSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1959]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page, Ace Double Novel Books D-335 (35¢). Bound with THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY by John Brunner.
ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1970]. Boards.. First published in Great Britain in 1970 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1959WE CLAIM THESE STARSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1959]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-407 (35¢). Bound with THE PLANET KILLERS by Robert Silverberg.
ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1976]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1976 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1976THE WINTER OFTHE WORLDGarden City: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., [1976]Boards. Four printings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Code F57 on page 181;
  • (B) Code G76 on page 181;
  • (C) Code H 01 on page 181;
  • (D) No printing code (sequence not determined but probably later).
No statement of printing on © page.
Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1966WORLD WITHOUT STARSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1966]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Books F-425 (40¢). ALSO: London: Dennis Dobson, [1975]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1975 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1974THE WORLDS OFPOUL ANDERSONNew York: Ace Books, [1974]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace 91055 ($1.25). Reprint. Collects PLANET OF NO RETURN, THE WAR OF TWO WORLDS, and WORLD WITHOUT STARS.

Poul Anderson – First Printing Dust Jackets Identification Guide

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

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