Sunday, 1 July 2018

Canadian Paperback Guides

Long time readers of the blog may recall my White Circle Paperback Guide which was available to anyone who asked. It provides partial bibliographic information for Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada's 1940s and early '50s paperback imprints. 

I have recently updated and it is now on online at BookScans. Joining it is a recently completed Harlequin Guide which covers the first 500 Harlequins. A new version of the White Circle Guide with much better images will soon be available. Coming in the fall will be a full bibliography of Export Publishing Enterprises.

Below are some of the books seen in the guides.

Harlequin 37 - March 1950

Harlequin 52 - June 1950

Harlequin 80 - September 1950

Harlequin 93 - January 1951

White Circle 208 - 1944

Whit Circle 222 - 1945

White Circle 270 - 1946

White Circle 287 - 1946

151 and Counting

The British North American Act, enacted March 29, 1867 by the British Parliament, provided for Confederation of the three British North American colonies, Canada (Upper and Lower), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Now much amended as the Constitution Act, 1867, it was proclaimed into law on July 1, 1867 and Canada was born. The first official birthday celebration was in 1868, July 1 being named Dominion Day in 1879 and Canada Day in 1982.

It's clearly Alces alces on the young lady's sweater. But is it a moose or an European elk? Since this is a Wm. Collins & Sons Co. Canada paperback from 1948 my guess is moose. Moose in the Italian alps? Why not?

White Circle 358 - 1948

White Circle 358 detail

White Circle 358 back

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Two Solitudes Part I

One of the best known Canadian mid-century novels, Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes, is now back in print thanks to McGill-Queen's University Press. An aspect I like is the reproduction of the covers of a number of editions, including the first paperback from Wm. Collins & Sons Co. Canada. This edition is discussed in the introduction.

Collins published the hardcover edition in early 1945 but waited seven years to get out the paperback version. This delay would not happen today. With a Chateau Frontenac-like building in the background, both suggest the story takes place in Quebec City, rather than Montreal.

White Circle C.D.540 - 1952

White Circle C.D.540 back

Monday, 25 June 2018

A Pocketful of Canada Part I

John Robins (1884-1952), a Canadian academic and author, edited A Pocketful of Canada which came out in three editions in the late 40s and early 50s, all by Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada. The cloth covered original in 1946 was followed by two paperbacks, one in 1948 and another in 1952. The 1952 edition is part of the White Circle imprint. The editions kept getting smaller - from 434 to 347 to 316 pages of text. Most of the cuts were in historical and informative sections with the literary sections remaining largely unchanged.

One of the contents is a seven page excerpt from a poem called "Between Two Furious Oceans" by Dick Diespecker (1907-1973) who a few years later was published by Harlequin.
Collins Pocketful - 1948

Collins Pocketful back 

White Circle CD531 - 1952

Harlequin 234 - June 1953

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Export Author - Daomi Winston

A recent correspondent (thanks, Ken) has pointed out that a book published by Canadian publisher Export Publishing Enterprises in 1949 is the first from prolific American author Daoma Winston. In Adam's Country is one of 156 New Stand Library titles Export published between mid 1948 and early 1951. In typical Export fashion the author name is wrong. 

Four years later the story, with a revised text, was published by New York's Universal Publishing and Distributing under a new title - The Other Stranger. The cover copy is not correct but Universal may not have known about the obscure Canadian version.

News Stand Library 87 - November, 1949

News Stand Library 87 back

Royal Giant 17 - 1953

Royal Giant 17 back