Publisher:Ballantine Books

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Ballantine Books is a publisher.[1] It was founded in 1952 by Ian and Betty Ballantine.[2][6] It was acquired by Random House in 1973.[2][3][4]

Ballantine initiated a policy of publishing a low-cost mass-market paperback edition at the same time as a hardcover edition in 1952[4][6] with Cameron Hawley's Executive Suite (Ballantine Book #1).[2]

In 1969 Ballantine initiated the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series edited by Lin Carter.[2] This reprinted several rare titles, some considered "classics". It also included the first books in Katherine Kurtz's Deryni series.[2] Ballantine published the "authorized" paperback edition of the (revised) second edition of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

In 1977 Ballantine created Del Rey Books as a science fiction and fantasy imprint. It was edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey (for science fiction) and Lester del Rey (for fantasy).[2][6]

In 2003 the Random House Trade Group was merged with Ballantine Books to form the Random House Ballantine Publishing Group.[5]

Historical full names and addresses

  • 1970: Ballantine Books, Inc., 101 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003.[1]
  • 1975: Ballantine Books, a Division of Random House, Inc., 201 East 50th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022.[February, 1975]


  • Ballantine Adult Fantasy series (aka Unicorn's Head)[2]
  • Del Rey[2][3]
  • Fawcett (from 1982)[2][3]
  • Ivy (from 1982)[2][3]
  • One World (from 1991)[2][3]
  • Mortalis (from 2007)[6]



Note that from 1970 to 1972 "An Intext Publisher" appeared at the bottom of the title page though it's not been confirmed if this was for all publications in this period. See the Intext article for more information about this.

Verified appearances of Intext:

See also

References and verification sources

  • 2. ^  Wikipedia article (see links below)
  • 3. ^  Random House official site (see links below)
  • 4. ^  NY Times Obit for Ian Ballantine (see links below)
  • 5. ^  Publishers Weekly article "Random House Trade Merging with Ballantine" 20 Jan 2003 (see links below)
  • 6. ^  Random House Publishing Group official history (see links below)
  • 7. ^  Cycle of Fire by Hal Clement published June 1970
  • 8. ^  Natives of Space by Hal Clement published June 1970

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