Friday, 3 September 2021

Addition to Collection Redux

Another addition to the collection of vintage Canadian paperbacks - Against the Grain by J[oris]-K[arl] Huysmans (1848-1907). Published by Fireside Publications of Toronto (c. 1950) with an introduction by Havelock Ellis. First published in 1884 as À rebours, translated in 1922.

Unlike other Fireside novels which are magazine sized this book is digest sized. There are 128 pages, so the text is bowderlized - plus 15 illustrations.

The artist is Leo Orenstein.

Oddly there is another version of this title from Fireside. The text block is the same - just new covers. The cover tells the reader that it is the January 1950 issue of T.N.T. - "gusty [sic] - unusual - thrilling". The photograph of Fred Astair (!) is from the 1950 film Ziegfeld Follies. I don't know if there are other issues of T.N.T.



Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Bodies Are Dust

A new edition of the 1931 novel Bodies Are Dust (Vanguard Press) by P. J. Wolfson has just been published as the first in a new imprint from Stark House Press of Eureka, California. The first paperback edition of this book was Canadian - published by Toronto's Export Publishing Enterprises in May 1949. The first American paperback edition dates from 1952.

Export had a habit of bowdlerizing its editions to fit a predetermined page count. A comparison of the two editions shows Export did indeed cut, by about 25%.

Staccato Crime SC-001 - 2021

News Stand Library 44 - May 1949

News Stand Library 44 back

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Addition to Collection

Just picked up one of the uncommon Crown books from 1946. They are digest sized paperbacks published by Toronto's Crown Publishing for the post war UK market. The books are unnumbered so an exact count of the number published is imposssible. This is my sixth of nine that I know about.

Here is a very helpful history of this story.


Thursday, 1 July 2021

154 and Counting

The British North American Act, enacted March 29, 1867 by the British Parliament, provided for Confederation of the three British North American colonies, Canada (Upper and Lower), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Now much amended as the Constitution Act, 1867, it was proclaimed into law on July 1, 1867 and Canada was born. The first official birthday celebration was in 1868, July 1 being named Dominion Day in 1879 and Canada Day in 1982.

A place and time I remember with fondness - Toronto 1976-1996. Long gone bookstores.




Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Harlequin Artists Part XLIV Sid Dyke (4)

 The last post on the Harlequin covers by Sid Dyke, all unsigned.

Harlequin 233 June 1953

Harlequin 256 December 1953

Harlequin 309 October 1954

Harlequin 325 March 1955