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

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Harlequin Artists Part XLIII Sid Dyke (3)

The third installment in artist Sid Dyke's covers for Harlequin. The first three are signed.

Harlequin 278 March 1954

Harlequin 337 May 1955

Harlequin 366 August 1956

Harlequin 232 June 1953

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Harlequin Artists Part XLII Sid Dyke (2)

Time to continue with my artists series. Sid Dyke did 15 (10 signed, 5 unsigned) covers for Toronto paperback publisher Harlequin. Here are four more signed covers.

Harlequin 242 - August 1953

Harlequin 266 - January 1954

Harlequin 273 - February 1954

Harlequin 313 - August 1954

Monday, 19 April 2021

Bell Features Part V

Have just added another book from 1940s Canadian paperback publisher Bell Features and Publishing to the collection. The series is not numbered but there are only 17 titles known. This is my sixteenth.

Like the other books in the series Heart in Chains is digest sized (18mmx14mm) and 96 pages of very small type. It is a paperback original. The author is Dorothy Leona Edgar, about whom nothing is known. She did write one other novel, The Strange Loves of Vickie Saunders. She may have been the wife of another writer Keith Edgar who had two books published by Bell.

The story "is a dramatically drawn picture of a sinister woman who spun a web of deceit, little caring of the hearts that were trapped therein."

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Crown Novel Publishing Part III

It has been a number of years since I posted about small Toronto publisher Crown Novel Publishing who sold paperbacks in the post war UK. They are unnumbered so it's an open question how many were issued.

Here's one just purchased. 

Artists, Models and Murder (1946) by Tedd Steele is special for a few reasons. One, it is the only paperback original from Crown. It has a biography of Steele at the back. Second, it was rebound as a hardcover. The front cover has been cut and pasted, poorly, to the front board. I have seen another hardbound copy so it was likely done either by the publisher or the UK distributor, perhaps for the library market. So far this is the only Crown that I've seen like this. Third, it was published in a new edition by Export Publishing in 1948 as one of the first two in their News Stand Library imprint. The Export is a mass market while the Crown is a digest.

The text is the same. The only difference is each of the 37 chapters in the Export edition has been given a title. A few examples - 

"Pink Lace, Poodle and Puddle of Blood"

"The Nude in the Cottage"

"Blonde at the Bedside"