Alliance Press and Alliance Book Corporation (Fingerprint Mysteries) were two separate presses that happened to use the same name. Alliance Press was begun in 1882 by the Rev. Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919), founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a Presbyterian evangelical movement, and at least at first, Alliance Press published literature connected with the group’s evangelistic mission. Albert Simpson died in 1919, but Alliance Press stayed in operation until 1941 or so. They did publish one mystery novel in their nearly 60 years in the publishing business; see above.
The Alliance Book Corporation was established by Henry G. Koppell in 1938, totally independently of Alliance Press, and their books are not at all alike. As Victor Berch has established, Alliance Books was eventually purchased by Ziff-Davis, and the “Fingerprint Mystery” logo they created for their line of mystery fiction was carried over to a similar imprint for Z-D. For more on the Alliance Book Corporation, see our article and checklist of the Ziff-Davis Fingerprint mysteries.
– Bill Pronzini
New in the line-up ... THE FINGERPRINT MYSTERIES ... a thrilling series of fast action murder stories ... the kind you won’t forget in a hurry. We guarantee it! ... More, we’ve put an identifying fingerprint that's your clue to a real spine tingling, Alliance mystery ... to as exciting a yarn as ever stood hair on end.
Victor Berch has uncovered the fact that during the time of its short existence, 1941-43, Jonathan Swift’s address was the same as that for Arcadia House, indicating that JS was one of Sam Curl’s imprints, this one even shorter-lived than the others. JS mainly published romances by Jack Woodford and others.
– Bill Pronzini
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