Vintage PB - Ace Doubles

Ace published science fiction, mysteries, and westerns, as well as books not in any of these genres. Collectors of these genres have found the Ace doubles an attractive set of books to collect, because of the unusual appearance of the tête-bêche format.   Ace Books published 221 science fiction Ace doubles between 1952 and 1973 in tête-bêche format, and a further 40 between 1974 and 1978 in a more traditional format in which the two books are both the same way up. The Ace Double isn’t without its detractors - many consider the primary ACE editor Donald A. Wollheim to be responsible for the ‘dumbing down’ of SF in the 50’s. ACE however did publish Philip K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin and Samuel Delany first.

Because the tête-bêche format is part of the attraction for collectors, titles published between 1974 and 1978, which contained two titles by one or two authors but which are not tête-bêche are not regarded by some collectors as true Ace Doubles. The distinction is up to each collector. 












We have only the tête-bêche format books (most pocket editions) in the collection as follows: