There are 411 fiction titles in the Collection Petit Format imprint from publisher Les Editions Moderne of Montreal. Only two are paperback originals and only one is by a Canadian author. It happens that one book is in both categories - Le mouchoir d'Alencon (The Alencon Handkerchief) by Georges Monarque (1893-1946). Monarque was a lawyer and history buff. As far as I can see this his only novel - published three years after his death. The other PBO is discussed here.
More on the Collections Petit Format imprint from Montreal publisher Les Editions Moderne.
There is a fascinating overlap between Harlequin and Les Editions Moderne as both published a French language cookbook. The CPF version is Cuisinons (Cook), 1955 by Jehane Benoit. Benoit (1904-1987) was a
well-known culinary author
who appeared on French and English television
wrote a column for La
Revue Moderne. The Harlequin
cookbook is The
Pocket Purity Cookbook (1950).
Uniquely it was also published the same month by Harlequin in French as Livre de cuisine Purity petit format.
A book I've been wanting for 12 years has arrived. It is one of two of the 459 White Circle Pocket Library first printings that I was missing. Mr. Babbacombe Dies by Miles Burton is one of 50 published in 1942 by Toronto's Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada. Here is complete list - 1942 White Circle.
The most popular genre published by Les Éditions Moderne
Ltée of Montreal from 1944 to 1958 in their imprint Collection
Petit Format (CPF) was romance; French term “roman d’amour”.
Two hundred and fifty-eight (58%) of the 443 titles were romance. This large percentage is not surprising given how popular the roman d’amour was in France with thousands published in the last century.
The CPF titles were all originally published in France. One
popular author was
Magali, pen name of Jeanne Philbert
(1898-1986), who has at least 28 CPF
titles. Her novels
have “heroines [who] win respect through their virtue whilst
being passionately loved and desired by men whom, in their
turn, they find
supremely lovable.” (Romance
and Readership in
Twentieth-CenturyFrance by Diana
Holmes, Oxford University
Continuing discussions of early Canadian publisher Les Editions Moderne's Collection Petit Format. The art for the imprint was undistinguished, often a generic monochrome drawing, typically of a woman and man. One example is Dashiell Hammett's Pièges à filles(two of six stories from Dead Yellow Women, withtwo added). This
is in contrast to the Presses de la Cité’s Un mystère books. The CFP
cover is one of the generic covers while the Un mystère version is from the
Dell edition of Dead YellowWomen. A few times the CPF edition used the cover from the Un mystère edition, but printed in monochrome. An example is Cornell Woolrich’s (as William Irish) L’inspecteur ne sait pas danser (six of eight stories from The Dancing Detective).