Publisher SeriesBallantine Adult Fantasy Series

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 75,576 copies, 1,006 reviews0.1
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien 42,902 copies, 368 reviews0.2
The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien 38,014 copies, 229 reviews0.3
The Return of The King by J. R. R. Tolkien 36,844 copies, 208 reviews0.4
The Tolkien Reader by J. R. R. Tolkien 3,101 copies, 18 reviews0.5
The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison 1,933 copies, 41 reviews0.6
Mistress of Mistresses by E. R. Eddison 554 copies, 8 reviews0.7
A Fish Dinner in Memison by E. R. Eddison 437 copies, 2 reviews0.8
The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle by J. R. R. Tolkien 415 copies, 2 reviews0.9
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake 3,394 copies, 83 reviews0.10
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake 2,308 copies, 38 reviews0.11
Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake 1,764 copies, 27 reviews0.12
A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay 1,022 copies, 29 reviews0.13
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle 6,090 copies, 155 reviews0.14
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle 1,246 copies, 40 reviews0.15
Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien 2,064 copies, 10 reviews0.16
Tolkien: A Look Behind the Lord of the Rings by Lin Carter 788 copies, 3 reviews0.17
The Mezentian Gate by E. R. Eddison 346 copies, 2 reviews0.18
Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos by Lin Carter 160 copies, 2 reviews0.19
The Blue Star by Fletcher Pratt 204 copies, 6 reviews1
The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany 1,923 copies, 45 reviews2
The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris 618 copies, 19 reviews3
The Silver Stallion : A Comedy of Redemption by James Branch Cabell 373 copies, 4 reviews4
Lilith by George MacDonald 1,508 copies, 13 reviews5
Dragons, Elves, and Heroes by Lin Carter 113 copies6
The Young Magicians by Lin Carter 124 copies, 3 reviews7
Figures of Earth : A Comedy of Appearances by James Branch Cabell 432 copies, 6 reviews8
The Sorcerer's Ship by Hannes Bok 121 copies9
Land of unreason by L. Sprague de Camp 298 copies, 5 reviews10
The High Place : A Comedy of Disenchantment by James Branch Cabell 294 copies, 4 reviews11
Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees 1,575 copies, 39 reviews12
At the Edge of the World by Lord Dunsany 198 copies13
Phantastes by George MacDonald 1,805 copies, 20 reviews14
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft 1,153 copies, 11 reviews15
Zothique by Clark Ashton Smith 205 copies, 4 reviews16
The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith 158 copies, 2 reviews17
The Island of the Mighty : The Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion by Evangeline Walton 414 copies, 2 reviews18
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz 1,730 copies, 20 reviews19
The Well at the World's End: Volume I by William Morris 347 copies, 5 reviews20
The Well at the World's End: Volume II by William Morris 223 copies, 1 review21
Golden Cities, Far by Lin Carter 73 copies22
Beyond the Golden Stair by Hannes Bok 118 copies, 4 reviews23
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson 1,159 copies, 28 reviews24
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" by William Hope Hodgson 262 copies, 12 reviews25
The Doom That Came to Sarnath by H. P. Lovecraft 910 copies, 6 reviews26
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves by James Branch Cabell 280 copies, 3 reviews27
Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant 562 copies, 11 reviews28
Hyperborea by Clark Ashton Smith 181 copies, 1 review29
Don Rodriguez by Lord Dunsany 222 copies, 3 reviews30
Vathek by William Beckford 1,062 copies, 40 reviews31
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton 5,780 copies, 138 reviews32
The Children of Llyr by Evangeline Walton 444 copies, 3 reviews33
The Cream of the Jest; The Lineage of Lichfield : Two Comedies of Evasion by James Branch Cabell 138 copies, 2 reviews34
New Worlds for Old by Lin Carter 87 copies, 1 review35
The Spawn Of Cthulhu by Lin Carter 115 copies, 1 review36
Double Phoenix by Edmund Cooper 77 copies, 1 review37
The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris 228 copies, 5 reviews38
Khaled by F. Marion Crawford 97 copies, 3 reviews39
The World's Desire by H. Rider Haggard 179 copies, 2 reviews40
Xiccarph by Clark Ashton Smith 101 copies41
The Lost Continent: The Story of Atlantis by C. J. Cutliffe Hyne 226 copies, 8 reviews42
Discoveries in Fantasy by Lin Carter 111 copies, 1 review43
Domnei; The Music From Behind the Moon: Two Comedies of Woman Worship by James Branch Cabell 146 copies, 5 reviews44
Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah 312 copies, 3 reviews45
Deryni Checkmate by Katherine Kurtz 1,404 copies, 6 reviews46
Beyond the fields we know by Lord Dunsany 162 copies, 2 reviews47
The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen 318 copies, 3 reviews48
The Night Land Volume 1 by William Hope Hodgson 91 copies, 1 review49
The Night Land Volume 2 by William Hope Hodgson 77 copies, 1 review50
The Song of Rhiannon by Evangeline Walton 386 copies, 2 reviews51
Great Short Novels of Adult Fantasy by Lin Carter 83 copies, 1 review52
Evenor by George MacDonald 100 copies53
The Charwoman's Shadow by Lord Dunsany 570 copies, 3 reviews55
Great Short Novels of Adult Fantasy Volume II by Lin Carter 59 copies56
The Sundering Flood by William Morris 155 copies, 3 reviews57
Imaginary Worlds by Lin Carter 137 copies, 4 reviews58
Poseidonis by Clark Ashton Smith 126 copies59
Excalibur by Sanders Anne Laubenthal 167 copies, 2 reviews60
High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz 1,381 copies, 5 reviews61
Hrolf Kraki's Saga by Poul Anderson 342 copies, 8 reviews62
The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard 475 copies, 7 reviews63
Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat by Ernest Bramah 224 copies, 3 reviews64
Over the Hills and Far Away by Lord Dunsany 145 copies65
Merlin's Ring by H. Warner Munn 286 copies, 5 reviews66.1
Prince of Annwn by Evangeline Walton 486 copies, 3 reviews66.2


The first 19 volumes are precursors to the series: Ballantine published these fantasies and fantasy criticism before hiring Carter as consultant. Some were labeled "A Ballantine Adult Fantasy" on the first Ballantine cover. Later reprints of some bore the Unicorn's Head colophon. The last two volumes were not published in the series: Two volumes published after retirement of the Unicorn's Head colophon were evidently intended for the series. The first has a Carter introduction and the second completes a set of four begun under his editorship (English, Wikipedia)

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