Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Where Did the White Circles Come From? Part VI

Three-quarters of the 429 White Circle titles published by Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd. from 1942 to 1952 were originally published by the Scottish-English parent company Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. Duell Sloan and Pearce of New York is second with 17. There are 29 publishers at the other end of the list with only one book reprinted as a White Circle. Here are three, all large, well known and American.

The publisher of Moby Dick, Harper & Brothers was founded in 1817. Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation bought Harper in 1987 and in 1990 merged it with Wm. Collins to form HarperCollins. Man With a Calico Face by Shelley Smith was published by Harper in 1950.

Founded in 1924, Simon & Schuster is a division of CBS Corporation. John Moore's Fair Field was published by S&S in 1946.

Farrar, Straus, the youngest of three (1946), is owned by a private German publisher. The King and the Corpse was published in 1948.

White Circle  C.D. 519 - 1951

White Circle C.D. 519 back

White Circle 343 - 1948

White Circle 343 back

White Circle CD 459 - 1950

White Circle CD 459 back


  1. I have a White Circle book published by "North Star Books Publishers, Toronto". In the back they list "other white circle books" including some you have written about. Is this the same series? (copyright 1945)

  2. Good question. The only book that I know that meets your description is Dear Sir;. This is from Wm. Collins Canada but not part of their White Circle series. I did a post here: