Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Check the attic: Paperbacks turn golden Part II

"But the magic name in Canadian paperback collecting is Harlequin." So says Alan Abrams in his 30 year old article in The Windsor Star. He then notes Brian Moore's two books for Harlequin - Wreath for a Redhead and The Executioners. Oddly he gives incorrect numbers for the books that aren't even close - 40 (instead of 102) for the first book and 45 (instead of 117) for the second. He says that they would cost, depending on condition, between $50 and $100. A look at ABE today shows 14 copies of both books ranging from $38 to $735.

Next is a comment that the 1942 White Circle edition of Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is worth more than the first edition (John Lane, 1912). That isn't the case today and I would be very surprised if it had been true in 1981.

Harlequin 102 - March 1951

Harlequin 117 - June 1951

White Circle 39 - 1942

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