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I’m in a Folding Frenzy, Ballantine and Jas McConnell

Following on from last weeks mentions of Rubik in PAN books here’s another one with a similar slant ‘Folding Frenzy’ by Jeremy Cox from 1981. It reminds me a bit of Rubik’s Snake which I still have somewhere.I have to admit that occasionally I stray and look at other publishers covers and I especially like the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. My excuse is that some of these were jointly published by PAN/Ballantine and usually list both publishers on the cover. This week I picked up a copy of ‘The Water of the Wondrous Isles’ by William Morris that appeared to be just a Ballantine but when I opened it I found it said it was PAN/Ballantine. It is printed in the UK but has the Ballantine ISBN on the cover, is this a case of using US covers on UKĀ  printed text blocks?


I was also really pleased to hear from James Edwin McConnell’s daughter, Ann, this week This was in response to a blog quite a while ago when I mentioned the cover for ‘Ben-Hur’ was by McConnell and Ann confirmed that her Father always signed ‘Jas’ and not James. She also mentioned there is a book coming out shortly on the work of her Father. If I find out more details I’ll mention it in a future blog plus I’ll make a page to show more of his covers.


Category: PAN Books
  • fred says:

    Hi Tim,
    In response to your question regarding the Ballantine/Pan Adult Fantasy Library. I have copies of Evangeline Walton’s ‘The Island of the Mighty,’ both Pan & Ballantine, the text block is the same. The differences are: title page of the Pan edition shows Pan/Ballantine with Pan’s London address. The copyright page is all British including printed by Richard Clay. The dedication has been reset. The cover for Pan has Pan logo on spine, & where the US copy sports Ballantine Books followed by ISBN it is blocked over by Pan/Ballantine. The Canadian edition shows printed in Canada on the copyright page but is otherwise the same as the US printing.

    March 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Fred, Well done, you now hold the record for the fastest, and possibly, the longest, comment about one of my blogs. I know I have this book somewhere so I’ll look it out and see how it compares with your editions. There just seems to be so many variations from these two publishers I think you could have a website just for them in their own right. I did put on a few PAN/Ballantine variations in a blog on Barbara Remington but I think a few more pages are needed. Now to ransack the stacks to see what I can find ……. Thanks again Fred, Cheers, Tim

      March 7, 2017 at 8:37 am

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