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The Ballantine Adult Fantasy series was an imprint of Ballantine Books. Conceived by Betty and Ian Ballantine, and edited by Lin Carter, the series was launched in 1969 primarily to publish (in cheap paperback form) reissues of works of fantasy literature which were out of print or not easily available in the United States. It included works by authors such as James Branch Cabell, Lord Dunsany, William Morris, George MacDonald, Clarke Ashton Smith, Hope Mirrlees and Evangeline Williams. The series also included a number of short fiction collections and anthologies edited with notes by Lin Carter, together with a limited number of new fantasy novels by writers such as Katherine Kurtz and Joy Chant.

Ballantine Adult Fantasy was probably not a significant money-maker, so the series was cancelled when the Betty and Ian left Ballantine Books in 1974 after its acquisition by Random House in 1973. A total of 65 volumes were published, each with an introduction by Lin Carter, with a further two volumes issued subsequently which are closely associated to the series.
 

Vol. Title / Author Publication Details Notes
1 The Blue Star
Fletcher Pratt
Issued: May 1969
Code: #01602
Cover artist: Ron Walotsky
2 The King of Elfland's Daughter
Lord Dunsany
Issued: June 1969
Code: #01628
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
3 The Wood Beyond the World
William Morris
Issued: July 1969
Code: #01652
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
4 The Silver Stallion
James Branch Cabell
Issued: August 1969
Code: #01678
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
A Biography of the Life of Manuel novel
5 Lilith
George MacDonald
Issued: September 1969
Code: #01711
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
6 Dragons, Elves, and Heroes
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: October 1969
Code: #01731
Cover artist: Sheryl Slavitt
Anthology - A companion volume to Golden Cities, Far (1970)
7 The Young Magicians
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: October 1969
Code: #01730
Cover artist: Sheryl Slavitt
Anthology - A companion volume to New Worlds for Old (1971)
8 Figures of Earth
James Branch Cabell
Issued: November 1969
Code: #01763
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
A Biography of the Life of Manuel novel
9 The Sorcerer's Ship
Hannes Bok
Issued: December 1969
Code: #01795
Cover artist: Ray Cruz
10 Land of Unreason
Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp
Issued: January 1970
Code: #01814
Cover artist: Donna Violetti
11 The High Place
James Branch Cabell
Issued: February 1970
Code: #01855
Cover artist: Frank C. Papé
A Biography of the Life of Manuel novel
12 Lud-in-the-Mist
Hope Mirrlees
Issued: March 1970
Code: #01880
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
13 At the Edge of the World
Lord Dunsany
Issued: March 1970
Code: #01879
Cover artist: Ray Cruz
Short fiction collection - edited by Lin Carter
14 Phantastes
George MacDonald
Issued: April 1970
Code: #01902
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
15 The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
H.P. Lovecraft
Issued: May 1970
Code: #01923
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Collection of Dream Cycle short fiction - edited by Lin Carter
16 Zothique
Clark Ashton Smith
Issued: June 1970
Code: #01938
Cover artist: George Barr
Collection of Zothique Cycle short fiction - edited by Lin Carter
17 The Shaving of Shagpat
George Meredith
Issued: July 1970
Code: #01958
Cover artist: Ray Cruz
18 The Island of the Mighty
Evangeline Walton
Issued: July 1970
Code: #01959
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
Book 4 of The Mabinogi Tetralogy
19 Deryni Rising
Katherine Kurtz
Issued: August 1970
Code: #01981
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
Book 1 of The Chronicles of the Deryni
20 The Well at the World's End: Volume I
William Morris
Issued: August 1970
Code: #01982
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
21 The Well at the World's End: Volume II
William Morris
Issued: September 1970
Code: #02015
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
22 Golden Cities, Far
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: October 1970
Code: #02045
Cover artist: Ralph Iwamoto and Kathleen Zimmerman
Anthology - A companion volume to Dragons, Elves, and Heroes (1969)
23 Beyond the Golden Stair
Hannes Bok
Issued: November 1970
Code: #02093
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
24 The Broken Sword
Poul Anderson
Issued: January 1971
Code: #02107
Cover artist: George Barr
25 The Boats of the "Glen Carrig"
William Hope Hodgson
Issued: February 1971
Code: #02145
Cover artist: Robert LoGrippo
26 The Doom that Came to Sarnath and Other Stories
H.P. Lovecraft
Issued: February 1971
Code: #02146
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Collection of Dream Cycle and Cthulhu Mythos short fiction - edited by Lin Carter
27 Something About Eve
James Branch Cabell
Issued: March 1971
Code: #02067
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
A Biography of the Life of Manuel novel
28 Red Moon and Black Mountain
Joy Chant
Issued: March 1971
Code: #02178
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
A Vandarei novel
29 Hyperborea
Clark Ashton Smith
Issued: April 1971
Code: #02206
Cover artist: Bill Martin
Collection of Hyperborean Cycle short fiction - edited by Lin Carter
30 Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley
Lord Dunsany
Issued: May 1971
Code: #02244
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
31 Vathek: The History of the Caliph Vathek
William Beckford
Issued: June 1971
Code: #02279
Cover artist: Ray Cruz
32 The Man Who Was Thursday
G.K. Chesterton
Issued: July 1971
Code: #02305
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
33 The Children of Llyr
Evangeline Walton
Issued: August 1971
Code: #02332
Cover artist: David Johnston
Book 2 of The Mabinogi Tetralogy
34 The Cream of the Jest
James Branch Cabell
Issued: September 1971
Code: #02364
Cover artist: Brian Froud
A Biography of the Life of Manuel novel - Also includes The Lineage of Lichfield and two related essays
35 New Worlds for Old
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: September 1971
Code: #02365
Cover artist: David Johnston
Anthology - A companion volume to The Young Magicians (1969)
36 The Spawn of Cthulhu
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: October 1971
Code: #02394
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Anthology of short fiction and poetry by authors that influenced or were influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos
37 Double Phoenix
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: November 1971
Code: #02420
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Anthology containing The Firebird by Edmund Cooper and From the World's End by Roger Lancelyn Green
38 The Water of the Wondrous Isles
William Morris
Issued: November 1971
Code: #02421
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
39 Khaled
F. Marion Crawford
Issued: December 1971
Code: #02446
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
40 The World's Desire
H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
Issued: January 1972
Code: #02467
Cover artist: Mati Klarwein
41 Xiccarph
Clark Ashton Smith
Issued: February 1972
Code: #02501
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Short fiction collection - edited by Lin Carter
42 The Lost Continent
C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne
Issued: February 1972
Code: #02502
Cover artist: Dean Ellis
43 Discoveries in Fantasy
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: March 1972
Code: #02546
Cover artist: Peter Le Vasseur
Anthology
44 Domnei
James Branch Cabell
Issued: March 1972
Code: #02545
Cover artist: Brian Froud
A Biography of the Life of Manuel novel - Also includes The Music from Behind the Moon
45 Kai Lung's Golden Hours
Ernest Bramah
Issued: April 1972
Code: #02574
Cover artist: Ian Miller
A Kai Lung novel
46 Deryni Checkmate
Katherine Kurtz
Issued: May 1972
Code: #02598
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
Book 2 of The Chronicles of the Deryni
47 Beyond the Fields We Know
Lord Dunsany
Issued: May 1972
Code: #02599
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Collection - Short fiction and poetry from The Gods of Pegāna and other Dunsany collections
48 The Three Impostors
Arthur Machen
Issued: June 1972
Code: #02643
Cover artist: Robert LoGrippo
49 The Night Land: Volume I
William Hope Hodgson
Issued: July 1972
Code: #02669
Cover artist: Robert LoGrippo
50 The Night Land: Volume II
William Hope Hodgson
Issued: July 1972
Code: #02670
Cover artist: Robert LoGrippo
51 The Song of Rhiannon
Evangeline Walton
Issued: August 1972
Code: #02773
Cover artist: David Johnston
Book 3 of The Mabinogi Tetralogy
52 Great Short Novels of Adult Fantasy: Vol. I
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: September 1972
Code: #02789
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Anthology
53 Evenor
George MacDonald
Issued: November 1972
Code: #02874
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Short fiction collection - edited by Lin Carter
54 Orlando Furioso: The Ring of Angelica: Vol. I
Ludovico Ariosto
Issued: January 1973
Code: #03057
Cover artist: David Johnston
Translated by Richard Hodgens
55 The Charwoman's Shadow
Lord Dunsany
Issued: February 1973
Code: #03085
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
56 Great Short Novels of Adult Fantasy: Vol. II
Lin Carter [editor]
Issued: March 1973
Code: #03162
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Anthology
57 The Sundering Flood
William Morris
Issued: May 1973
Code: #03261
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
58 Imaginary Worlds: The Art of Fantasy
Lin Carter
Issued: June 1973
Code: #03309
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
A study of the modern fantasy genre
59 Poseidonis
Clark Ashton Smith
Issued: July 1973
Code: #03353
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Short fiction collection - edited by Lin Carter
60 Excalibur
Sanders Anne Laubenthal
Issued: August 1973
Code: #23416
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
61 High Deryni
Katherine Kurtz
Issued: September 1973
Code: #23485
Cover artist: Alan Mardon
Book 3 of The Chronicles of the Deryni
62 Hrolf Kraki's Saga
Poul Anderson
Issued: October 1973
Code: #23562
Cover artist: Bob Pepper
63 The People of the Mist
H. Rider Haggard
Issued: December 1973
Code: #23660
Cover artist: Dean Ellis
64 Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat
Ernest Bramah
Issued: February 1974
Code: #23787
Cover artist: Ian Miller
A Kai Lung novel
65 Over the Hills and Far Away
Lord Dunsany
Issued: April 1974
Code: #23886
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
Short fiction collection - edited by Lin Carter
66 Merlin's Ring
H. Warner Munn
Issued: June 1974
Code: #24010
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
The book does not bear the series logo, but does include an introduction by Lin Carter and was issued just after the last "official" title in the series
67 Prince of Annwn
Evangeline Walton
Issued: November 1974
Code: #24233
Cover artist: David Johnston
Book 1 of The Mabinogi Tetralogy -
Not a Ballantine Adult Fantasy volume, but completes a set of novels by the author that were issued in the series

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