Monday, April 14, 2014

Wm Collins After White Circle Part I

Toronto publisher Wm Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd published 459 books between 1942 and 1952 in their paperback series White Circle Pocket Library. From 1952 until 1990, when Wm Collins merged with Harper and Row, other series were published. Here is an example from one of them - Collins Crime. I don't know how many books were published in this series.

Further on are examples of White Circle Pocket Library crime.
White Circle 110 - 1943
White Circle 110 back
White Circle 106 - 1944 (reprint)
White Circle 106 back

Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's Fun Raising a Family

Back here I did a post about Kate Aitken and the various books she authored for Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd in the middle of the last century. In this post I'll talk a bit more about one of the books and it's three variants.

It's Fun Raising a Family was a paperback original published in 1955. In addition to a Collins edition there are two branded editions - both for companies that have disappeared.

The edition for Montreal based department store chain Steinberg's (1917-1992) was published half-way through its life. Tamblyn (1904-1978) was a Toronto based drug store chain.
Wm. Collins's edition - 1955
Wm. Collins's back 
Tamblyn edition
Tamblyn back 
Steinberg's Edition
Steinberg's back

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Last Export

I have just found the last book from early Canadian paperback publisher Export Publishing Enterprises that I needed to complete my collection. As far as I know there are no further books, including reprints.

This is one of two books published in the American series (with the "A") that were unnumbered in the Canadian series. The edition I was missing was the DJ version.
News Stand Library 22A - February 1950
with dust jacket

News Stand Library 22A back
with dust jacket

News Stand Library 22A - February 1950

News Stand Library 22A back

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Beaver Publications Part VII

In my last post on early Canadian mass market publisher Beaver Publications I discussed the armed forces editions of Beaver's three books. Each book also had an illustrated cover version which are very uncommon. But I have just recently found one of them: Rendezvous in Vienna was published with two different illustrated covers.

In these earliest mass market paperback days in Canada distribution had to be spotty. Especially for a Hamilton based publisher. There are more armed services editions to be found than the illustrated versions which were presumably sold in bookstores or, perhaps, on newsstands.

The editions are identical except for the covers. I don't know anything about the artist "Globe" but his name can be found on the odd Canadian pulp from the early 1940s.
May 1941 
May 1941 back
May 1941
May 1941 back

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gisele Lepin Returns

Thanks to Vehicule Press Gisele Lepin, like a breath of cool clean air, returns. Originally published by Export Publishing Enterprises in 1949 the Vehicule Press edition of Sugar-puss on Dorchester Street has a lovely adaptation (by J. W. Stewart) of the original artwork by D. Rickard (note initials on the window). Actually its the art on the Canadian edition. There was a further edition for the American market with artwork by Sid Dyke. And yet a third version on the DJ that is found on the American edition. Will Straw, who introduces the Vehicule edition, talks about buying the American edition in the mid 1980s.
Vehicule Press - 2013
Vehicule Press back
News Stand Library 84 - November 1949
News Stand Library 20A - February 1950
News Stand Library 20A DJ