Sax Rohmer's  Pyramid Editions
Updated 26 January 2006


From the 35 Insidious Doctor Fu Manchu in January 1961 to the $1.25 Re-Enter Fu Manchu in November 1976, Pyramid Books in New York published paperback editions of nineteen of Sax Rohmer's books: the thirteen Fu Manchu novels (in three distinct issues and multiple printings) and six other titles. Because of their large printings, the books in this nearly sixteen year run are probably the most widely distributed and widely read editions of Rohmer's works.

The first Pyramid Fu Manchu issue (the G- and F- stock numbers and some of the R- numbers in the following list) had covers by a variety of artists, not following any uniform design or style. The second issue (the R- and X- stock numbers) all had covers by Len Goldberg in a uniform design: a Fu Manchu head dominating an action vignette against a single-color background. In the third issue, the volumes were sequentially numbered and had cover designs by Richard Krepel in a uniform format: a Fu Manchu head and action scene framed against a white background. On the page facing the title page, a list of the books in the series was somewhat peculiarly labeled "The Adventures of Nayland Smith."

Backcover of the first Pyramid 
edition with a portion of the 
Mort Engle cover art.


Stock numbers  marked with an asterisk (*) in the following list also had Canadian printings.  It is likely that many other numbers did also.



     

Stock
number
Printing Date Cover artist
The Insidious Doctor Fu-Manchu

     Later printings used the correct
     "Dr." instead of "Doctor."
   

G-579
F-908
R-1301
X-2166*
V-3945*
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
January 1961
September 1963
November 1965
February 1970
December 1975
Mort Engle
Len Goldberg
  "
  "
Richard Krepel



G-579                                F-908


The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu G-641
R-1302
X-2225
V-3943
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
August 1961
November 1965
May 1970
December 1975
Dick Konfield
Len Goldberg
  "
Richard Krepel



        G-641                               X-2225


The Hand of Fu-Manchu F-688
R-1306
X-2342*
V-3941
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
January 1962
March 1966
July 1971
January 1976
Rudy Nappi
Len Goldberg
  "
Richard Krepel



F-688                               X-2342                              V-3941


Daughter of Fu Manchu
                 
 as  "The Daughter of Fu Manchu
R-1032
X-2149*
V-4024 *
1st
2nd
3rd
June 1964
January 1970
February 1976
Bob Maguire
Len Goldberg
Richard Krepel



The Mask of Fu Manchu
 

 

V-3942 is labeled 5th in error.

F-740
R-1303
R-1303
R-1303
X-2248
V-3942*
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
June 1962
January 1966
April 1966
April 1967
June 1970
March 1976
Ronny Lesser
Len Goldberg
  "
  "
  "
Richard Krepel
The Bride of Fu Manchu F-761
X-2113
V-3940*
1st
2nd
3rd
August 1962
November 1969
April 1976
Ronnie Lesser
Len Goldberg
Richard Krepel

The Trail of Fu Manchu

R-1003
R-1308
X-2192*
V-4070
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
April 1964
May 1966
March 1970
May 1976
Bob Maguire
Len Goldberg
  "
Richard Krepel
President Fu-Manchu F-946
X-2135
V-4056
1st
2nd
3rd
December 1963
December 1969
June 1976
Jack Gaughan
Len Goldberg
Richard Krepel
The Drums of Fu Manchu F-804
R-1307
X-2531
V-4030
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
December 1962
April 1966
August 1971
July 1976
Herb Tauss
Len Goldberg
  "
Richard Krepel
The Island of Fu Manchu F-858
R-1305
X-2481*
V-4055
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
May 1963
February 1966
May 1971
August 1976
Charles Copeland
Len Goldberg
  "
Richard Krepel
Shadow of Fu Manchu

       The 3rd and 4th printings used
       "The Shadow of …"

F-837
R-1304
X-2294*
V-4053
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
March 1963
January 1966
September 1970
September 1976
Jerry Podwil
Len Goldberg
  "
Richard Krepel
Re-Enter Fu Manchu X-1774
V-3944
1st
2nd
March 1968
November 1976
Len Goldberg
Richard Krepel


  

Emperor Fu Manchu R-1310
V-3946
1st
2nd
July 1966
October 1976
Len Goldberg
Richard Krepel

In addition to all the Fu Manchu titles, six additional novels were published.


 

Quest of the Sacred Slipper R-1313 1st April 1966 J. Lombardero

Brood of the Witch Queen R-1314 1st May 1966 J. Lombardero

The Golden Scorpion R-1315 1st June 1966 J. Lombardero


 

The Dream Detective
               Omits "The Chord in G"
R-1316 1st July 1966 J. Lombardero

The Yellow Claw R-1317 1st September 1966 J. Lombardero

The Green Eyes of Bast T-2414* 1st February 1971 J. Lombardero

At least one additional title was planned but never published. Robert Weinberg owns the original J. Lombardero painting for what would have been the Pyramid edition of The Bat Flies Low. It's quite easy to imagine the missing text.

From the collection of Bob Weinberg


 

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp


From the back cover of The Mask of Fu Manchu R1303

Many of the later editions included the photograph by Sasha on the back cover.

 


Notes: As the publication dates indicate, in all three of the Fu Manchu issues some titles were published out of their correct chronological sequence.

The variant spelling of artist Ronnie (Ronny) Lesser's first name is as given on the back covers of the books.

The above list incorporates material compiled by R. E. Briney published in Collecting Paperbacks? 4:2 (#20), September 1982, pp. 24-27. 


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