Friday, July 29, 2016

Harlequin and Armed Services Part III

Here is a third title published by Harlequin Books as well as an Armed Services Edition.

Sheriff of Yavisa was published in 1941 by Macrae Smith, one of over 450 novels by Charles Snow (1877 - 1967). It is one of 73 westerns published by Harlequin between 1949 and 1959.

Harlequin 38 - March 1950

Harlequin 38 back

ASE 784 - August 1945

ASE 784 back

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Harlequin and Armed Services Editions Part II

In the first post in this series I introduced the Armed Services Editions and talked about one of the 10 books in that series that were also published by Canadian paperback publisher Harlequin. Here is another.

The Dark Page by Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) was published by Duell, Sloane and Pearce in 1944. There is an appealing reference to it in his 1980 film The Big Red One.

ASE R-10 February 1945

ASE R-10 back

Harlequin 9 - August 1949

Harlequin 9 back

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Retitled White Circles

In my last post I asked for help to identify the original titles of nine paperbacks published by Wm Collins Sons & Co. Canada in the late 1940s. Here are the seven retitled books in the White Circle series that I have identified.

One Summer Night first published as First Star in 1949 (New York: Arcadia House)
If I Live to Dine as Madam Will Not Dine Tonight in 1947 (New York: Coward-McCann)
The Tarnished Lady as Deadlier than the Male in 1942 (New York: Duell, Sloane and Pearce)
Murder in Hollywood as Say Yes to Murder in 1942 (New York: G. P. Putnam's)
Uninvited Corpse as Women Are Skin Deep in 1948 (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott)
The Affair at the Marco Polo Club as Death Before Dinner in 1948 (London: Wm Collins)
The Sheriff of Union County as Boomerang Jail in 1947 (New York: E. P. Dutton) 

The total of 16 (out of 420 reprints) is quite small compared to Harlequin. In this post I discussed the Harlequin retitled books - 87 out of 455. This is a rate almost 5.4 times greater than the White Circles. This is no doubt due to the 318 White Circle reprints of titles first published by the parent company Wm Collins, only one of which was retitled.
White Circle CD413 - 1949

White Circle CD438 - 1950

White Circle CD444 - 1950

White Circle CD483 - 1950

White Circle CD522 - 1951 

White Circle CD525 - 1951

White Circle 339 - 1948

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

White Circle Missing Information

Wm Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd published 429 titles in their White Circle paperback reprint line from 1942 until 1952. All but nine were reprints but Collins never stated the original publication information. I've been able to identify this information for all but nine of the 420 titles.

The reason I can't find the original publication is Collins changed the title. And the authors wrote dozens of books. I'm showcasing these nine books here with the hope that someone can recognize the original title.
White Circle 321 - 1947
White Circle 321 back
White Circle CD366 - 1948
White Circle CD366 back
White Circle CD387 - 1949
White Circle CD387 back

White Circle CD389 - 1949
White Circle CD389 back
White Circle CD393 - 1949
White Circle CD393 back
White Circle CD395 - 1949
White Circle CD395 back
White Circle CD416 - 1949
White Circle CD 416 back
White Circle CD420 - 1949
White Circle CD420 back
White Circle CD428 - 1949
White Circle CD428 back

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Harlequin and Quinn (not the Eskimo) Part VI

In the first of the series on early American paperback publisher Quinn Publishing Company I described the close relationship between Harlequin and Quinn. Nearly 30 percent (39) of the 139 titles published by Quinn were also published by Harlequin. Here are two.

Sam Merwin's Knife in My Back was first published in 1945 by Mystery House. The Window With the Sleeping Nude is a PBO.

The Harlequin edition of Knife in My Back is not abridged - at least to the extent the Quinn edition is. It may be abridged from the original.
Handi-Book Mystery 44 - 1945
Handi-Book Mystery 44 back
Harlequin 70 - August 1950
Harlequin 70 back
Handi-Book Mystery 118 - 1950
Handi-Book Mystery 118 back
Harlequin 106 - April 1951
Harlequin 106 back