Saturday, April 18, 2015

White Circle Twins Part II

Surprising or not publishers of early paperbacks often chose the same scene from the book for the cover. Here is one example crossing the "longest undefended border in the world' (is it still?). The Canadian is from Wm. Collins Sons and Co. Canada Ltd and the American from Avon Publishing Co., Ltd.
White Circle 215 - 1945
White Circle 215 back
Avon 165 - 1948
Avon 165 back

Harlequin and Armed Services Editions Part I

I've recently been picking up some of the 1322 books published in the U.S. from September 1943 to June 1947 by Editions for the Armed Services, Inc. A couple of new books, American Pulp by Paula Rabinowitz and Molly Guptill Manning's When Books Went to War have reignited my interest in this fascinating series.

With two exceptions the 99 ASE reprints were given new numbers in the series so there were 1225 titles. Ten of those titles were also published by Harlequin Books, including the very first Harlequin, The Manatee by Nancy Bruff. Many of the ASEs are the first paperback edition, as is the case here.
Harlequin 1 - May 1949
Harlequin 1 back
ASE 1104 - January 1946
ASE 1104 back

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