Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Pyx

Just back from Montreal where I bought the newly published twelfth book in Vehicule Press's Canadian noir series - John Buell's The Pyx (New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1959). The cover is taken from the original paperback edition - 1960's Crest 408. Although Barye Phillip's signature as artist has been removed.

Vehicule Press - 2017


Farrar, Straus & Cudahy - 1959


Saturday, 1 July 2017

150 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.

Expo 67 and Marshall McLuhan. Two lasting memories of Canada's 60s. 

Here are pages from an early Expo souvenir book and 1960s paperback editions of McLuhan's four most famous books. The Medium is the Massage is a PBO.






Beacon Press  BP 265 - 1967

Beacon Press BP 265 back

Signet Y3913 (Can printing) - 1969

Signet Y3913 back

Bantam R3348 - 1967

Bantam R3348 back

Signet Q3039 - 1966

Signet Q3039 back

Friday, 14 April 2017

Canadian Erotica

Your correspondent was recently part of a National Post article about erotica (aka porn) held at Library and Archives Canada. And here is a link to a LAC web site about Canadian pulp.

The article showcases two Canadian paperbacks - Harlequin 1 from Winnipeg's Harlequin Books and Crow 21 from Toronto's Alval Publishers.

Crow 21 - May 1949

Crow 21 back

Harlequin 1 - May 1949

Harlequin 1 back

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Collins White Circle Reprints Part XIII

I've been collecting the White Circle series from Toronto Publisher Wm. Collins & Sons Co. Canada for about nine years. I have all but two first printings but remain unsure how many other printings I'm missing. For instance I just came across one of my favourite reprints from 1943/44 that I didn't know existed. 

These are reprints where Collins changed the colour of the covers but kept the design. In this case, like a few others, the printings can't be distinguished. The only diffference, aside from the colours, is an odd loop at the bottom of the "R" in "Whispering" on the red/blue version.

At this point there is only one of these reprints that I know I'm missing. Could be others.

White Circle 70 - 1943

White Circle 70 back

White Circle 70 - 1943

White Circle 70 back

Friday, 12 August 2016

Canadian Punishment

Capital  and corporal punishment in Canada were abolished in 1976 and 1972 respectively. Capital I knew but this newly unearthed paperback from 1956 (thanks Grant) opened my eyes to corporal punishment in Canada.

The title is accurate. The Courts could, until 1972, sentence people to a lashing as well as a strapping under the provisions of the Criminal Code. For instance there were 33 lashings and 14 strappings associated with over 15,000 convictions in 1952. Wardens of prisons could also use them to maintain order. Amazing it took until 1972 to end.

This uncommon Canadian paperback was published by Winnipeg's Stovel-Advocate.

March 1956

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