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

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Harlequin and New Canadian Library

The 100th issue of CNQ has two articles by Brian Busby (see The Dusty Bookcase) on Canadian paperbacks. One is about the New Canadian Library series, the other about long forgotten Canadian author Kenneth Orvis (pen name for Kenneth LeMieux).

Below is Orvis's first book (and only Harlequin) plus some late number NCLs.

Harlequin 367 - August 1956

Harlequin 367 back

NCL N152 - 1978

NCL N152 back

NCL N154 - nd

NCL N154 back

Friday, 1 December 2017

Ricochet Books

November's Quill & Quire has an article on Montreal publisher's Ricochet Books. Fine article except, once again, the error that Brian Moore's first novel, Wreath for a Redhead was pseudonymous. Also below are the original editions of the three books illustrated in the article.

More on Ricochet Books at The Dusty Bookcase.

Harlequin 102 - March 1951

Harlequin 102 back

Harlequin 262 - December 1953

News Stand Library 116 - July 1950

Popular Library 612 - 1954

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Harlequin Artists - Part XXXVII - William Book

Like G. Collins, the subject of my last post, William Book only did two signed covers for early Harlequin, both in 1953. And like Collins there is little to be found about Mr Book other than he was a mid century commercial artist who did illustrations for Canadian magazines and newspapers and lived in Hamilton, Ontario.

Harlequin 218

Harlequin 218 - March 1953

Harlequin - July 1953

Monday, 6 November 2017

Harlequin Artists Part XXXVI - G. Collins

One of the 22 identifiable artists on early (first 500 issues - 1949 to 1960) Harequin books is G. Collins. Who is he/she? Possibly Gordon Collins, Ontario College of Art 1944 graduate in Commercial Art. Otherwise no information found.

Harlequin 433

Harlequin 422 - April 1958

Harlequin 433 - July 1958