Saturday, 2 December 2017

Harlequin and New Canadian Library

The 100th issue of CNQ has two articles by Brian Busby (see The Dusty Bookcase) on Canadian paperbacks. One is about the New Canadian Library series, the other about long forgotten Canadian author Kenneth Orvis (pen name for Kenneth LeMieux).

Below is Orvis's first book (and only Harlequin) plus some late number NCLs.

Harlequin 367 - August 1956

Harlequin 367 back

NCL N152 - 1978

NCL N152 back

NCL N154 - nd

NCL N154 back

Friday, 1 December 2017

Ricochet Books

November's Quill & Quire has an article on Montreal publisher's Ricochet Books. Fine article except, once again, the error that Brian Moore's first novel, Wreath for a Redhead was pseudonymous. Also below are the original editions of the three books illustrated in the article.

More on Ricochet Books at The Dusty Bookcase.

Harlequin 102 - March 1951

Harlequin 102 back

Harlequin 262 - December 1953

News Stand Library 116 - July 1950

Popular Library 612 - 1954

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Harlequin Artists - Part XXXVII - William Book

Like G. Collins, the subject of my last post, William Book only did two signed covers for early Harlequin, both in 1953. And like Collins there is little to be found about Mr Book other than he was a mid century commercial artist who did illustrations for Canadian magazines and newspapers and lived in Hamilton, Ontario.

Harlequin 218

Harlequin 218 - March 1953

Harlequin - July 1953

Monday, 6 November 2017

Harlequin Artists Part XXXVI - G. Collins

One of the 22 identifiable artists on early (first 500 issues - 1949 to 1960) Harequin books is G. Collins. Who is he/she? Possibly Gordon Collins, Ontario College of Art 1944 graduate in Commercial Art. Otherwise no information found.

Harlequin 433

Harlequin 422 - April 1958

Harlequin 433 - July 1958

Monday, 2 October 2017

Harlequin Artists Part XXXV - Derrett (2)

In the first of the posts about early Harequin artist Derrett I said that I didn't know anything about him. Thanks to a correspondent I now can identify the artist with the third highest number of Harlequin covers in the first 10 years.

His full name is James Derrett McCarthy (1927-1982). A graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), he was a commercial artist whose work could also be seen on other paperback covers and in Canadian magazines

Here are four of his covers from 1952 - all historical fiction.

Harlequin 169 - May 1952

Harlequin 178 - July 1952

Harlequin 187 - September 1952

Harlequin 190 - October 1952