Book Collecting

Vintage Books

Vintage Books was founded in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf as a trade paperback home to its authors. This imprint’s diverse publishing list includes canonical works of world literature, contemporary fiction, and distinguished non-fiction.

Vintage Books has published numerous significant writers such as William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, Albert Camus, Ralph Ellison, Dashiell Hammett, William Styron, A.S. Byatt, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Ha Jin, Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, Raymond Chandler, Orhan Pamuk, Dave Eggers, Robert Caro, Joseph Ellis, Haruki Murakami, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The company was purchased by Random House publishing in April 1960, and is currently a subdivision of Random House and today’s foremost trade paperback publisher.

First Edition Identification

Vintage Books first editions have “First Edition” printed on the copyright page along with a sequence of numbers with “1” present.