Thursday, 23 January 2020

French Canadian Paperbacks Part VII

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.


Collection Petit Format 140 - September 1949

Collection Petit Format 140 back

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

French Canadian Paperbacks Part VI


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
and 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.

Harlequin 52 - June 1950

Harlequin 52 back

Collection Petit Format nn - October 1955

Collection Petit Format nn back

Monday, 6 January 2020

Collection Fill

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.

White Circle N - 1942

White Circle N back

Thursday, 26 December 2019

French Canadian Paperbacks Part V


        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-Century France by Diana Holmes, Oxford University 
Press, 2006). 


CPF 385 - March 1953

CPF 387 - March 1953

CPF 530 - October 1955

CPF 448 - Februry 1954

CPF 327 - October 1952

Saturday, 21 December 2019

French Canadian Paperbacks Part IV

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, with two 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 Yellow Women.

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). 

Collection Petit Format 364 - June 1955

Un mystère 24 - 1950

Collection Petit Format 222 - June 1951

Un mystère 46 - 1950