Talk:Vintage Books

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Sources for 1954[edit]

At present the article says "Vintage Books is a publishing imprint established in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf." The external links includes this time line which says "1954 - acquired Vintage Books, paperback imprint"

An Abebooks search for Vintage Books up to 1954 finds:

  • 1928: "Vintage Books"[1]
  • 1931: "Vintage" paperback[2]
  • 1936: "Vintage Books"[3]
  • 1940: "Vintage" paperback[4]
  • 1942: "Vintage Books"[5]
  • 1946: "Vintage Books/ A Division of Random House, New York, 1946" paperback[6]
  • 1948: "Vintage Books/ A Division of Random House, New York, 1948" paperback[7]
  • 1951: "Vintage Books/ A Division of Random House, New York, 1951" paperback[8]
  • 1953: "Vintage Books a division of Random House, 1953"[9]

As some booksellers are using the copyright date as the manufacturing date more research is needed.

A search of the NY Times article archive for "Vintage Books" only finds

  • July 04, 1954 "Knopf is coming up with Vintage Books, a series which will not roam around freely in the Anchorite manner"
  • October 31, 1954 "Nevertheless, because of a feeling that books were too expensive on one side, and ... Vintage AFTER Anchor came Vintage, which is a Knopf. product..."

I suspect the article is accurate. I'm not an NY Times subscriber at present and so could not view the full articles. --Marc Kupper|talk 06:04, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

When Vintage books published their works they only included the year of the copyright and not the year of publication. Any example of this is here (wikisource) and another example here (Internet Archive). Year of publication and year of copyright are different. When publication year isn't displayed, most people assume the copyright year is the year of publication. I hope this clears things up for you.--Rochefoucauld (talk) 22:59, 1 January 2015 (UTC)