Sunday, 15 January 2012

Harlequin Reprints Part IX

In 1971 Harlequin Books reprinted a number of books in an odd way. The original numbers were kept but every reprint has the same generic cover. Fifteen of the reprinted books were originally published by Harlequin in 1958 and 1959, before the complete shift to romance.  All the reprinted books are Mills & Boon romances.

1971 was a significant year for Harlequin. A new president would change Harlequin into the company we see today. It was also the year that Harlequin began negotiations to buy Mills & Boon. In the five years starting 1971 sales doubled, then doubled again - from 19,000,000 books in 1970 to 72,000,000 in 1975.

Here are two from that year.

Harlequin 449 - February 1959

Harlequin 449 back

Harlequin 449 - 1971

Harlequin 462 - May 1959

Harlequin 462 back

Harlequin 462 - 1971

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