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ROLAND E. BOUNDS

SCIENCE FICTION

PAPERBACK BOOK COLLECTION

 

 

 

Collection Number: MSS 553

Location: Library Annex | Special Collections Use Only | Library requires 24 hour notice for retrieval.

Accessioned: Purchase, 2003

Extent: 117 linear ft. (ca. 7,000 vols.)

Content:  Paperbacks.

Access: The collection is open for research.

Processed:  2004-2005 by Rob Sherwood and Beth Thomas; completed 2006 by James K. Fisher.

 


Biographical Note

Roland E. Bounds (1953 - 2002) attended Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware, and obtained a B.S. in geology from the University of Delaware in 1975. He pursued graduate studies in mineralogy and applied geology at the University of Delaware and Oklahoma State University. By vocation and avocation, he was a collector. He began collecting rocks at age six, and as an adult became a noted mineral collector and dealer with business partner Eric Meier in Broken Back Minerals. Bounds was a senior research technician with the Delaware Geological Survey, located in Newark, Delaware. He regularly submitted articles to First State Geology and was a longtime editor of Geogram, the newsletter of the Delaware Mineralogical Association. Bounds was also active in the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Friends of Mineralogy. Bounds was equally known as a collector of science fiction, an interest he developed at age thirteen when he "discovered the large amount of material being published but not available in either the local county or school libraries." Bounds concentrated on collecting vintage (pre-1965) paperbacks and pulp magazines (pre-1953). Thematically, he developed an interest in "the way technological advances have been predicted and the ways that authors of various times have viewed society and its problems." He also collected with an interest in book and magazine cover art and illustration of science fiction and fantasy. When he was a graduate student at the University of Delaware, he twice won (in 1983 and 1984) first prize in the student book collecting contest sponsored by the University of Delaware Library Associates. His science fiction collection was included in a 1991 exhibition at the University of Delaware Library, Delaware Collects, and the 2006 Special Collections exhibition From Verne to Vonnegut.


Sources:

Delaware Collects: checklist of an exhibition in the Hugh M. Morris Library, compiled by Max Yela.  Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Library, 1991.

Ace Doubles (and Singles Library). Retrieved December 21, 2006 from http://people.uncw.edu/smithms/ACE.html.

The Tor Books FAQ. Retrieved December 21, 2006 from http://www.tor.com/torfaq.html.


Scope and Content Note

 

The Roland E. Bounds Paperback Science Fiction Book Collection consists of nearly seven thousand science fiction paperbacks published between 1890 and 2002 assembled by the Delaware collector Roland Bounds. Also included within this collection are numerous fantasy and a few horror and classic novels that do not fit the science fiction genre. Edition highlights of the collection include Ace Doubles, Armed Services Inc., early editions of Pocket Books, and Avon Books. Also of interest are large runs of early character series such as The Avenger, Conan, Doc Savage, Perry Rhodan, and later series such as Death Lands and Outlanders.

Nearly all of the paperbacks in the collection feature striking cover art or text illustrations created by some of the most famous illustrators in science fiction. Vincent Di Fate, Frank Frazetta, Frank Freas, Michael Whelan, and many other celebrated or less well known illustrators are represented in the collection. Like the authors themselves, these illustrators are important to the genre; they give a visual outline to the strange, wonder-provoking worlds of science fiction and are significant contributors to the "popular culture" of the genre.  Many collectors seek these pulp paperbacks for the cover art and illustration only.

Arrangement Note

 

The Roland E. Bounds Paperback Science Fiction Book collection is arranged alphabetically by publisher or publishing imprint, as this represents the way Bounds built his collection.  An "imprint" is the public name for a particular group of books created by a publisher; a publisher may have dozens of imprints. One such imprint is "Tor." Tor's parent company, Tom Doherty Associates, is actually the publisher of Tor books.

This finding aid includes a box summary list, reflecting the arrangement of the collection by publisher or publishing imprint.  The major publishing runs that Bounds collected are housed first, i.e. Ace Doubles spans Boxes 1 through 5.  Publishers represented by fewer titles are housed in the later boxes, i.e. Box 106 includes one or just a few titles each from publishers Harper, Hyperion, Island, Ivy, and Jove.

The finding aid further includes a bibliographic listing generated from an Endnote database report.  The bibliography is presented in alphabetical order by author (and then title), or, in the case of anthologies, by title.  Other data included in the bibliographic report includes the following fields:  place of publication, publisher or imprint, date, and series number.  The report also includes locational box number and "item number"; these two pieces of information should be used to request items from the collection.  The Endnote database also includes series titles (if they exist) and may be consulted for other research queries.  Please contact the manuscripts librarian for assistance.

Serial numbers for paperbacks were more important for publishers preceding the use of the ISBN (International Standard Book Number), which started to gain wide use internationally in 1970. Prior to the ISBN, the SBN (Standard Book Number) was used mainly in the United Kingdom, from 1966 - 1974. Publishers sometimes used the last few digits of the ISBN or the SBN as the serial number for a run of books.  Some collectors make an effort to accumulate a complete run of serial numbers by a publisher and use these numbers as a system for arranging their collection. The books in this finding aid contain a serial number, a portion of a BSN or ISBN, or if the book lacked a numbering system all together the "Serial number" data field was left blank.

Several of the publication dates in the bibliographic report are actually the printing dates or an estimation of a printing date for a particular edition. This was done to add value to the collection from a research stand point. Finding a publication date for a particular work is quite easy while finding out when an edition of a work was printed is not always as easy. Collectors of science fiction sometimes use the printing date as well as the publisher and serial number to arrange their collections. If a printing date was not clearly marked on volumes in this collection, an effort was made to estimate the decade of the printing.

Related Collections:

  MSS 494      Roland E. Bounds Collection: Papers and Ephemera

  MSS 504      Roland E. Bounds Science Fiction Periodicals Collection

  MSS 559      W. Merritt Burke III Pulp Paperback Book Collection

 


 

Box Summary List
Bibliography by Author or Collected Works

The box summary list reflects the arrangement of the collection by publisher or publishing imprint.  The major publishing runs are housed first, followed by less complete publisher groups at the end of the collection. The box summary list includes box number and item number range of titles for each publisher. It is also possible to access the collection by browsing by author or title of collected works.

 

Boxes             Publisher/Imprint
               (Followed by Item Numbers)

1-5                   Ace Doubles

            1          1 - 54

            2          55 - 101

            3          102 - 156

            4          157 - 208

            5          209 - 216

 

5-22                 Ace

            5          1 - 48

            6          49 - 112

            7          113 - 172

            8          173 - 230

            9          231 - 282

            10        283 - 327

            11        328 - 372

            12        373 - 422

            13        423 - 468

            14        469 - 516

            15        517 - 555

            16        556 - 632

            17        633 - 691

            18        692 - 756

            19        757 - 820

            20        821 - 895

            21        896 - 963

            22        964 - 1030

 

23-29               Avon

            23        1-57

            24        58 - 125

            25        126 - 187

            26        188 - 241

            27        242 - 288

            28        289 - 324

            29        325 - 338

 

29-33               Baen   

            29        1 - 31

            30        32 - 70

            31        71 - 108

            32        109 - 147

            33        148 - 156

 

33-41               Ballantine

            33        1 - 48

            34        49 - 121

            35        122 - 192

            36        193 - 248

            37        249 - 303

            38        304 - 356

            39        351 - 417

            40        418 - 485

            41        486 - 492

 

41-48               Bantam

            41        1 - 56

            42        57 - 119

            43        120 - 171

            44        172 - 221

            45        222 - 257

            46        258 - 319

            47        320 - 399

            48        400 - 416

 

48-55               Berkley

            48        1 - 35

            49        36 - 107

            50        108 - 171

            51        172 - 232

            52        233 - 286

            53        287 - 337

            54        338 - 383

            55        384 - 401

 

55-64               DAW

            55        1 - 045

            56        46 - 122

            57        123 - 186

            58        187 - 252

            59        253 - 314

            60        315 - 376

            61        377 - 431

            62        432 - 482

            63        483 - 524

            64        525 - 560

 

64-71               Del Rey

            64        1 - 3

            65        4 - 55

            66        56 - 106

            67        107 - 151

            68        152 - 195

            69        196 - 234

            70        235 - 274

            71        275 - 305

 

71-75               Dell

            71        1 - 19

            72        20 - 84

            73        85 - 154

            74        155 - 214

            75        215 - 222

 

75-76               Fawcett Gold Medal

            75        1 - 56

            76        57 - 96

           

76-79               Gold Eagle      

            76        1 - 5

            77        6 - 41

            78        42 - 77

            79        78 - 89

 

79-81               Lancer

            79        1 - 50

            80        51- 113

            81        114 - 174

 

81-83               Paperback Library

            81        1 - 4

            82        5 - 75

            83        76 - 124

 

83-86               Pocket Books

           

            83        1 - 29

            84        30 - 90

            85        91 - 130

            86        131 - 138

 

86-87               Popular Library

            86        1 - 57

            87        58 - 66

 

87-89               Pyramid           

            87        1 - 67

            88        68 - 138

            89        139 - 177

 

89-92               Signet

            89        1 - 33

            90        34 - 100

            91        101 - 157

            92        158 - 196

 

92-94               Tor

            92        1 - 13

            93        14 - 50

            94        51 - 66

 

94-96               Zebra

            94        1 - 34

            95        35 - 86

            96        87 - 119

           

96-97               Laser

            96        1 - 19

            97        20 - 58

 

97-98               Leisure

            97        1 - 27

            98        28 - 74

                                               

98-99               McFadden-Bartell

            98        1 - 16

            99        17 - 36

 

99-100             Pinnacle

            99        1 - 45

            100      46 - 51

100                  Panther, Penguin, Perma,

 

101                  Abbeville,Airmont, Archway, Arrow, Athenaeum, Award, Banner, Bard, Baronet, Bart House, Beagle, Bee-Line

            Belmont

            1 - 30

 

102                  Belmont

                        31 - 81

                        Belmont-Tower, Carlyle, Carousel

 

103                  Apollo,Book Company of America, Blue jay, Bridge, Century, Chariot, Charter,Collier,Condor, Corgi, Corinth, Coronet

                        Crest

                        1 - 12

 

104                  Crest

                        13 - 22

                        Centaur, Curtis, Dale, Diamond

 

105                  Davis, Dolphin, Donning, Dover, Dutton, Ellis, Epic, Equinox, Eton, FASA, Flagship, Fontana, Forge, Freeway, GDW, Goldstar, Golden Apple, Golden Press, Grafton, Granada, Grove, Guild, Hamlyn, Handi-Book

                        Harper

                        1 - 4

 

106                  Harper

                        5 - 13

                        Hyperion, Island, Ivy

                        Jove

                        1 - 26

 

107                  Jove

                        7 - 40

                        Lantern, Lion, Lodestone, Maclay, Magnum, Major,

                        Manner

                        1 - 11

 

 

108                  Manor

                        12 - 22

Mayflower, Mentor, Merit, Moody, New English Library, Olympia, Orbit, Pageant, Pan, Papillion, Pennant, Perennial, Piccolo, Powell, Priam, Priory, Puffin, Premier

                       Pulphouse

                        1 - 5

 

109                  Pulphouse

                        6 - 8

                        Regency

                        Scholastic        

                        1 - 13

Simon and Schuster, Sphere, St. Martins, Standard, Star, Tandem, Target, Tempo, TSR

                        Tower

1 - 11

 

110                  Tower

                        17 - 19

                        Scholastic

                        10 - 14

Unibook, Vega, Vintage, Ward, Lock and Company, Valcour/Krueger, Washington, Westend, Wisdom, Worldwide, Xerox, Zenith

                        Tor

                        67 - 83

 

111                  Tor

            84 - 123

           

112                  Tor

                        124 - 131

Beacon, Armed Services, Badger, Brown, Comet, Comyns, Crestwood, Double-Action, Edwin Self, Fantasy

                        Galaxy

                        1 - 25

 

113                  Galaxy

                        26 - 49

Handi-Book, Haughton, Mifflin, and Company, John Spencer, Milestone, Newsstand, Nova, Novel Selections, Quinn, RJ Reynolds, Royal, Scion, Tempest, The American Mercury, Toby, Uni, Universal, World Distributors, Ziff Davis, Brown Watson

                        Century

                        4

 

114                  Playboy

                        1 - 17

                        Master

                        1 - 20

                        Monarch

                        1 - 19

                        Roc

                        1 - 13

 

115                  Roc

                        14 - 51

 

116                  Roc

                        52 - 56

                        Popular

                        67 - 89

                        Ballantine

                        493 - 498

                        Bantam

                        418 - 419

                        Berkley

                        402 - 404       

                        Signet

                        192 - 206

 

117                  Warner

                        1 - 29

                        Crest

                        23

                        Paperback

                        125 - 126

                        Tor

                        132 - 134

                        Signet

                        207 - 211

                        Pocket

                        139 - 145

 

118                  Popular

                        87

                        Pinnacle

                        52

                        Pyramid

                        178 - 179

                        Dell

                        223

                        Del Rey

                        306 - 307

                        Bantam

                        420

                        Berkley

                        405 - 406

                        Ballantine

                        499 - 501

                        Avon

                        339

                        Warner

                        30

 


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