Saturday, March 7, 2015

Export Publishing at Auction Part II

In my last post I listed 17 of the 20 early Canadian paperbacks from Export Publishing Enterprises Ltd  that have recently come up at auction. Here are the three that haven't.

6ASin for Your SupperDouglas, Milton
12AFrustrationClayton, Henry C.
18ALet Out The BeastFischer, Leonard

News Stand Library 6A with DJ - June 1949
News Stand Library 12A with DJ - November 1949
News Stand Library 18A with DJ - January 1950

Export Publishing at Auction Part I

A number of now uncommon paperbacks published by the Canadian publisher Export Publishing Enterprises Ltd in 1949 and 1950 for the American market have recently come up at auction. They are distinguished by having dust jackets glued at the spines. For close to $5,300 (average $310) you could have been the owner of 17 of the 20 books. Here are the results:

$148 4A Each Night a Black Desire Plagemann, Bentz
$339 5A Offer Any Price Willis, George
$175 7A The Pagans Benedict, Jack
$350 8A Dirty City Young, Michael
$449 9A Torch of  Violence Forrest, David
$300 10A This Was Joanna Brooks, Grant R.
$427 13A No Place in Heaven Warren, Laura
$275 14A Death Be My Destiny Perrin, Neil H.
$266 15A Jesse James Kelley, Thomas P.
$502 16A Daughters of Desire Knight, Fletcher
$342 17A The Penthouse Killings Brown, Horace
$202 19A In Passion's Fiery Pit Brown, Joy
$339 20A Sugar-puss on Dorchester Street Palmer, Al
$155 21A The Door Between Perrin, Neil H.
$271 22A The Governor's Mistress Desmond, Warren
$515 23A Pick Up Scott, Leslie
$220 24A Overnight Escapade and other stories Mark, Stephen
News Stand Library 7A with DJ - August 1949
News Stand Library 8A with DJ - August 1949
News Stand Library 9A with DJ - November 1949

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Collins White Circle Authors Part XIII - Ballard

Willis Todhunter Ballard (1903-1980) was an energetic writer for the pulps. Starting in 1942 four novels by Ballard about amateur Hollywood PI Bill Lennox were published, the first two also in editions by Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd in their White Circle reprint paperback line. He also wrote under pseudonyms, including P. D. Ballard used on the 1963 Fawcett PBO below.

Oddly Collins published the two out of sequence. The second novel Murder Can't Stop first and the first Say Yes to Murder (renamed Murder in Hollywood) second.
White Circle C.D. 496 - 1951
White Circle C.D. 496 back
White Circle C.D. 525 - 1951
White Circle C.D. 525 back
Gold Medal d1352 - 1963
Gold Medal d1352 back

Sunday, August 17, 2014

White Circle Twins

Many of the paperbacks published by Wm. Collins Sons & Co Canada in their 1940s White Circle imprint were also published in the US. One example is Edgar Lustgarten's (1907-1978) first novel One More Unfortunate. First published as A Case to Answer in the UK (London, 1947), the American edition was renamed.

The first American paperback edition is distinguished by being one of 27 books published by Bantam from 1945 to 1949 with a dust jacket. Interesting how the DJ version cover has the same scene as the White Circle edition. Both are tamer than the original Bantam cover.
White Circle 374 - 1948
White Circle 374 back

Bantam 360 - February 1949
Bantam 360 back
Bantam 360 Dust jacket

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Canadian Collins White Circle Collecting

Long time readers of this blog know that one of the three significant early paperback publishers in Canada was Wm. Collins Sons & Co Canada Limited. They were the earliest, starting in 1942, and by any measure the best. The  imprint was White Circle Pocket Library and 459 books were published between 1942 and 1952. But, if you are a collector of these lovely early paperbacks, you'll need to find more that 459 books to complete the collection. How many? I don't know.

At least sixty-three of the books come in two or more variants. That can be another printing or different ads or different back cover or edge stain or anything else that distinguishes one version from another. The variant total is 143. The remaining 396 books exist in one version. So there are at least 539 books a collector needs to find. But I'm sure there are some variants of which I'm not aware. So if anyone would like to help make sure there is a complete count of the books let me know and I will send lists.

Meanwhile for your viewing pleasure.
White Circle "P" - 1942
White Circle 88 - 1944
White Circle 208 - 1944
White Circle 281 - 1946
White Circle 329 - 1947
White Circle CD 411 - 1949
White Circle CD 471 - 1950
White Circle C.D. 516 - 1951