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>> COLLINS WHITE CIRCLE (1942 - 1952);

Vintage Canadian Mass Market PAPERBACKS FOR SALE;

SCARCITY - 1 through 11; Many 10 to 20 year veteran collectors of the White Circles, still need 100+ books for their sets, I don't know of a single complete set in existence!!! This Series is MUCH more difficult to complete, than it's later counterpart (Harlequin) & competitor; Throughout this index & inventory I have noted the relative rarity of the White Circle Books based on 25 years experience dealing with them. Regional discrepancies may occur, but we try to give a rating of the overall picture. The terms we use if equated to a scale of 1 to 11 would go in this order from the most Common to RAREST; NOTE that MOST of these are located in CANADA & even the “Common” titles can be scarce in other countries. They were MUCH less Collected (and thus save from destruction) than Harlequin & many other publishers.

In general they are very scarce in better than VG condition. MANY titles are the FIRST Paperback Editions, that were

originally released in even Rarer UK Collins Hardcover Books. Many had NO other Paperback Printings. >>>

The Paperbacks published in this series, are among the all-time rarest Paperbacks, among the all-time most Valuable Paperbacks, among the all-time most collectible Paperbacks, & among the all-time most under-rated undervalued Paperbacks. [NO Complete List exists; Mine is probably the World's MOST complete list; VERY few accurate prices

are recorded in the Price Guides, because SO FEW copies ever surface for sale on almost 1/3 their entire output];

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1 = Very COMMON (Seen consistently, in Second-Hand Book Stores across Canada);

2= Common (Easily found in Most Canadian Cities);

3=AVERAGE Scarcity for a 1940's Paperback (Present in most Collector's sets);

4=Scarcer than average (Normally found with just a little legwork);

5= Hard to Find (1000-2000 Copies estimated to still exist);

6=UNCOMMON (500-1000 Copies estimated to still exist);

7=SCARCE (200-500 Copies estimated to still exist);

8=VERY SCARE (100-200 Copies estimated to still exist);;

9=RARE (50-100 Copies estimated to still exist);

10=VERY RARE (20-50 Copies estimated to still exist);

11=EXTREMELY RARE (None might exist; 0-20 Copies estimated to still exist);

AVERAGE PRICE RANGES;

>>> [ Prices Vary Widely, depending on; (1) Genre of Book; (2) Popularity of Author; (3) SCARCITY of Book in THIS series; (4) SCARCITY of Book in ALL other printings; (5) Condition; (6) Appeal of Cover illustration;

*** (Books in the Scarcity-1 thru Scarcity-3;

Fair to Good = Reading Copies = US$3-$10;

High Grade VG to FN copies = US$15-$25);

*** (Books in the Scarcity-4 thru Scarcity-6;

Fair to Good = Reading Copies= US$8-$18;

High Grade VG to FN copies = US$20-$40);

*** (Books in the Scarcity-7 thru Scarcity-9;

Fair to Good = Reading Copies = US$15-30;

High Grade VG to FN copies = US$30-$60);

*** (Books in the Scarcity-10 thru Scarcity-11;

Fair to Good = Reading Copies= US$25-75;

High Grade VG to FN copies = US$60-$200+);



1942 - Their first year, ALL "No Numbers"

NN#1 - BLAKE, Nicholas (Pseudonym of Cecil Day-Lewis) - Thou Shell of Death (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Cover Color Motif; 1st Paperback Edition; Very Scarce; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; 2nd book in Nigel Strangeways Series - Nigel Strangeways, a criminal investigator, analyzes some mysterious threatening letters sent to Fergus O'Brien of Somerset. RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; VG minus = $29.00; Another copy = ASK);

NN#2 - BROCK, Lynn - The Stoat (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations ; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition ; Last book in the popular Colonel Gore Series);

NN#3 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); - Death Leaves no Card (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Re-issued as #102; Inspector Arnold / D. Merrion series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#4 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); - Death Takes a Flat (Mystery; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE!; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; USA edition retitled "Vacancy with a corpse"); = SOLD OUT!

NN#5 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); - Mr. Babbacombe Dies (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Inspector Arnold / D. Merrion Series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#6 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dames Don't Care (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; 3rd book in the Lemmy Caution Series; re-issued as #245, which has a new cover);

NN#7 - CHEYNEY, Peter - This man is Dangerous (Mystery); Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; 1st book in Lemmy Caution Series, and one of the best); = SOLD OUT!

NN#8 - CONNOR, Ralph - Sky Pilot (CDN/ Biographic; Orange & Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Famous Canadian author; 1st paperback of one of his first & most famous books!; About early life in Western Canada);

NN#9 - CURRAN, Tex - Fighting Buckarro (Western; RARE Blue/Green/Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #115, with different cover); = SOLD OUT!

NN#10 - DIGBY, George - Goose Feathers (Non-Fiction; Orange & Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; South Sea's Adventure; Reissued as #118);

NN#11 - DIVINE, A.D. - U-Boat in the Hebrides (War Fiction; Adventure; G/T/B ; 1st Paperback; RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; His only book published by Collins, except #74, under his RAME Pseudonym);

NN#12 - DUNTON, James G. - A Maid & a Million Men (Humor; Orange & Black Motif; 1st Paperback; RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Confessions of Leona Canwick, a virgin in Khaki "censored indiscreetly"; Reissued as #111);

NN#13 - FARJEON, , J. {Joseph} Jefferson. (1883-1955; Pseudonym = Anthony Swift ) - Aunt Sunday Sees It Through (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition);

NN#14 - FARJEON, , J. {Joseph} Jefferson. (1883-1955; Pseudonym = Anthony Swift ) - Seven Dead (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Cover quotes "Farjeon is Quite Unsurpassed for Creepy Skill in Mysterious Adventures" by Dorothy Sayers!); = SOLD OUT!

NN#15 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - Bells of Death (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Arthur Crook Series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#16 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Conquest Takes All (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Norman Conquest series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#17 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Mr Mortimer Gets the Jitters (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #105; first book in the popular Norman Conquest series) = SOLD OUT!

NN#18 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Vultures Unlimited (1st Paperback Ed; 2nd book in Norman Conquest series; 192 Pages. >> Canadian Collins White Circle Book # NO Number; "'A tale with more than the average amount of thrills, of an arch-spy whose machinations lead to a lot of trouble for a lot of people. Norman Conquest, the Gay Desperado, does things in his own inimitable way. By no means miss this. It's great stuff.''" Preceded by the Rare 1939 UK Collins Hardcover; >> Rare Early Black, Yellow & Green Cover MOTIF with Publisher Logo of Criminal in Circle; >>> Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; Cover with Text only Copy, and no illustrations (except the Publisher Logo); VERY RARE Title by this Highly Collectible author; VERY RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; VERY RARE in Paperback. VERY RARE in Higher Grade collectible condition) = SOLD OUT!

NN#19 - GUNN, Victor (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; AKA= Berkeley Gray & Carlton Ross) - Ironsides of the Yard (Mystery; Spy; Thriller; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; 2nd in Inspector "Ironsides" Cromwell series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#20 - HOLT, Henry - The Mystery of the Smiling Doll (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Inspector Pope of Scotland Yard; NOT listed in Any Price Guides?; Preceded by the 1939 UK Collins Hardcover; G/VG $125);

NN#21 - HOLT, Henry - Wanted for Murder (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; reissued as #106; Inspector Channing series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#22 - HULL, Richard - My Own Murderer (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback Edition, preceded by the Scarce Julian Messner Hardcover; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; One of his Best Novels; Barzun & Taylor say, "the most gripping and best written of the Hull novels" and that "the last twenty pages keep one on the edge of one's chair." RARE in Paperback; VERY RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series) = SOLD OUT!

NN#23 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Death Before Honor (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #107); = SOLD OUT!

NN#24 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Five Aces (Mystery; B/Y/B; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; NOT listed in Any Price Guides?; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Preceded by the 1940 UK Collins Hardcover; Private Detective Mick Cardby;

NN#25 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Make Way for the Mourners (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Mick Cardby series; "Knows his underworld inside out" = Dorothy Sayers quote);

NN#26 - INNES, Hammond - Attack Alarm (War Fiction; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition);

NN#27 - INNES, Hammond - Wreckers must Breathe - (War Fiction; Adventure; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; his 5th novel; later U.S. edition retitled "Trapped");

NN#28 - LEACOCK, Stephen - Literary Lapses (Canadiana; Humor; Orange & Black Motif; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations;Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #213); = SOLD OUT!

NN#29 - LEACOCK, Stephen - Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (Canadiana; Humor; Orange & Black Motif; 1st Paperback; RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Classic book by this famous Canadian author! Reissued as #223);

NN#30 - LORAC, E.C.R. - Death at Dyke's Corner (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Inspector MacDonald series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#31 - MacKENNAN, Hugh - Barometer Rising (Canadiana; Adventure; Orange & Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #75 and #529; ImFARJEON, , J. {Joseph} Jefferson. (1883-1955; Pseudonym = Anthony Swift )portant early Canadian sufferagette novel set in the boat-building industry of WWI Halifax by famous Canadian Author); = SOLD OUT!

NN#31 - MADDOCK, Stephen - Doorway to Danger (Spy; Thriller; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #108; Tim Terrel series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#32 - MADDOCK, Stephen - Shades at Midnight (Spy; Thriller; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #109; Tim Terrel series);

NN#33 - MARSH, Ngaio - Death at the Bar (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #114; Reissued in the USA in 1945 as Pocketbook #297; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series);

NN#34 - MARSH, Ngaio - Death of a Peer (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #117; Reissued in the USA in 1947 as Pocketbook #475; Later USA edition retitled "Surfeit of Lampreys"; Inspector Roderick Alleyn);

NN#35 - MARSH, Ngaio - Overture to Death (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #113; Probably precedes Pocketbook #221 edition in the USA; Inspector R. Alleyn series);

NN#36 - MEYNELL, Laurence - The Creaking Chair (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Inspector Fenn);

NN#37 - MILLS, Arthur - Jewel Thief (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition); = SOLD OUT!

NN#38 - NIVEN, Frederick - The Flying Years (Mainstream Fiction; Canadiana; Orange & Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #116; Classic Novel of Western Canada);

NN#39-A - PARRISH (Editor) - Kings English Dictionary (Non-Fiction; 1st Paperback; 1st Impression; RARE; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations cover only; Ad for Atlas on back cover; heavy cover stock; with nice blue end papers which contain population figures & postal info = deleted from 2nd Impression);

NN-39-B - PARRISH (Editor) - Kings English Dictionary (Non-Fiction; 1st Paperback; 2nd Impression; RARE; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; 1942 PHOTO COVER of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, taken by the Canadian National Railways! Photo back cover of 18 different British & Canadian metals & ribbons. List of "books in Canada". Possibly the first EVER photo cover on any North American Paperback); = SOLD OUT!

NN#40 - PENNY, Rupert - Sweet Poison (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition); = SOLD OUT!

NN#41 - POSTGATE, Raymond - Verdict of Twelve (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Great Book; His 1st of only 3 crime-Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations novels);

NN#42 - REID, Wallace Q. - Man from Peace River (Canadiana; Mainstream Fiction; Western; RARE Blue/Green/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Possibly PBO ??? {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Reissued as #112 which had a different cover; Classic book; by a Canadian author); = SOLD OUT!

NN#43 - RHODE, John (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= Miles Burton); , John - Death on Sunday (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Dr Preistly series; later USA edition retitled "Elm Tree Mystery"); = SOLD OUT!

NN#44 - RHODE, John (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= Miles Burton); , John - Death Pays a Dividend (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Dr Priestly series);= SOLD OUT!

NN#45 RHODE, John (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= Miles Burton); , John - Death on a Boat Train (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Dr Priestley Series); = SOLD OUT!

NN#46 - SANDERS, C.W. - He Packed a Gun (Western; RARE; Blue/Green/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition); = SOLD OUT!

NN#47 - SHARP, Margery - the Nutmeg Tree (Esoteric; Humor; Orange & Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very Scarce; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; reissued as #224, with a new cover; was adapted as a film and a play);

NN#48 - STEVENSON, Robert Louis - Treasure Island (Adventure; Orange & Black Motif; 1st Canadian Paperback; RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition);

NN#49 - TUTTLE, W.C. - Turquoise Trail (Western; RARE Blue/Green/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition); = SOLD OUT!

NN#50 - WAKEFIELD, H.R. - Belt of Suspicion (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Fantasy author; reissued as #110) = SOLD OUT;

NN#51 - WALLACE, Edgar - Calendar (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition);

NN#52 - WALSH, J.M. (James Morgan) - Kings Enemies (Spy; Thriller; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; NOT listed in Any Price Guides?; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition; Preceded by the 1939 UK Collins

Hardcover; Oliver Keene series; SPY Story, British Secret Service outwits GESTAPO in Prague; nice FINE = $109);

NN#53 - WALSH, J.M. - Secret Weapons (Spy; Thriller; Green/Yellow/Black Motif; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Scarce in Collectible VG or better Condition); = SOLD OUT!


1943 - Second Year: Numbered books begin


CWC book #51 - BROPHY, John - Immortal Sergeant (War Fiction; 1st Paperback; Uncommon; phfbc; 1st numbered issue in series; From the movie with Henry Fonda & Maureen O'Hara; Possibly the 2nd photo covers ever on a paperback = NN#39B is 1st; 1st Impression = Green cover; 2nd Impression = blue cover, different photo on front cover & no photo on back cover, dated 1944, scarcer);

CWC book #52 BARTIMEUS - Steady as You Go (War Non-Fiction; 1st Paperback; Uncommon; Line Art Cover; Stories of the battle of the Atlantic by Bartimeus - "The Naval Eyewitness");

CWC book #53 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Crime Unlimited (Mystery; 1st Paperback Edition}; Scarce Title = Preceded by the UK Collins Hardcover; Line Art Cover - Front cover decorated with yellow fingerprint motif. Author's first novel. Hard- boiled mystery - involving a "Cafe Danseuse"; 1st app. Policeman Jimmy Warren who later becomes Detective Sergeant of the CID in his 2nd novel = see #233; Thriller of London Gangsters; Mick Carby - Son of Scotland Yard inspector; RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; " piece off spine, Creasing to covers thus Good = $20.00; Another Copy = ASK);

CWC book #55 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); - Death Takes a Flat (Mystery; 1st Paperback; Uncommon; Line Art Cover; 1st Impression = black & beige cover, dated 1943, RARE! Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 2nd Impression = blue on peach colored cover, dated 1944, Scarce; Inspector Arnold/ D. Merrion series);

CWC book #56 - HULL, Richard - The Unfortunate Murderer (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better; SOLD OUT );


CWC book #57 - PENNY, Rupert (Pseudonym of Ernest Basil Charles Thornett); - Policeman's Holiday (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Chief Inspector Beale; "A Classic of detection"); = SOLD OUT

CWC book #58 - RHODE, John (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= Miles Burton); , John - The Bloody Tower (Mystery paperback; RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; NOT listed in Any Price Guides?;

Cover Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Dr Priestly series, with Inspector Jimmy Waghorn & Superintendant Hanslet; Preceded by the 1938 UK Collins Hardcover; USA 1938 Hardcover retitled as"Tower of Evil"; CWC book #59 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dangerous Curves (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Uncommon; Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Reissued as #219; 2nd book in

Slim Callaghan series);

CWC book #60 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Six feet of Dynamite (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover 1st Impression = Scarce!; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better , has a black cover; Norman Conquest series);

CWC book #61 - GUNN, Victor (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; AKA= Berkeley Gray & Carlton Ross) - Footsteps of Death (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce!; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Inspector "Ironsides" Cromwell series);

CWC book #62 - KEVERNE, Richard - The Black Cripple (Spy; Thriller; 1st Paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Secret service & 5th column intrigue);

CWC book #63 - MADDOCK, Stephen - Date with a Spy (Spy; Thriller; 1st Paperback; Uncommon; Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations; 1st Impression = 1943, Tan color cover; 2nd Impression = green color cover, scarcer);

CWC book #64 - WALSH, J.M. - Danger Zone (Spy; Thriller; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; O.K. Keene, British agent);

CWC book #65 - ADAMS, Herbert - The Knife (Mystery; 1st paperback; Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; both dated 1943; 1st Impression = RARE!, peach & gray color cover; 2nd Impression = Very RARE!; Green & brown color cover);

CWC book #66 - BLAKE, Nicholas - The Beast Must Die (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover precedes Black Cat digest #7 and Mercury #147; 4th book in Nigel Strangeways series);

CWC book #67 - CAMPBELL, Alice - No Murder of Mine (1943; Mystery; 1st paperback Edition; SCARCE; Preceded by the Charles Scribner's Sons Hardcover; Line Art Cover small & crude NUDE woman in handcuffs cover, with large text on cover but Possibly North America's FIRST Woman in NUDE with Breasts showing cover paperback - from 1943; An Inspector Headcorn Mystery) = SOLD OUT!

CWC book #68 - FARJEON, J. Jefferson - Dark Lady (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE!; Uncommon; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed);

CWC book #69 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - Vanishing Corpse (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Arthur Crook series; later USA ed retitled "She Vanished in the Dawn");

CWC book #70 - HOLT, Henry - Whispering Man (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

CWC book #71 - LORAC, E.C.R. (pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivet / Carol Carnac.) - Slippery Staircase (Inspector MacDonald series); 1943. Soft Cover. LINE DRAWING COVER Art. (illustrator). First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing!. 192 pages. (Collins White Circle Pocket Edition. Book #71) "For solidity, complexity and cleverness, Slippery Staircase is worth three good mystery stories. Inspector MacDonald, imaginative and capable as ever, follows through with thorough methods of police detective." (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations; RARE title in ANY condition & in ANY edition) = SOLD OUT!

CWC book #72 - RHODE, John (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= Miles Burton); , John - Night Exercise (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover later USA ed retitled "Dead of the Night");

CWC book #73 (Does not exist);

CWC book #74 - RAME, David - Tunnel from Calais (Fantasy; Adventure; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Strange Swastica cover; Fantasy Elements!; Divine's only book for Collins under this pseudonym; Precedes Armed Service #D-22);

CWC book #75 - MaCLENNAN, Hugh - Barometer Rising (Canadiana; Mainstream Fiction; 2nd paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover preceded by NN#28 which had a type-only cover; reissued again, with another new cover as #529; 1st Impression = white back cover & red edges; 2nd Impression = yellow back cover & blue edges; famous book by a famous Canadian author!; a novel of Halifax in the War time);

CWC book #76 - MARSH, Ngaio - Death & the Dancing Footman (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover 1st Impression = white back cover & blue edges; 2nd Impression = scarcer; yellow back cover & red edges; reissued in 1945 as Armed Service #727, & again in 1947 as Pocketbook #437; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series);

CWC book #77 - GROSE, Helena - Rehearsal for a Marriage (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover reissued as #330);

CWC book #78 - GAYE, Carol - Wife in Uniform (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover 1st Impression = blue cover; 2nd Impression = brownish colored cover, scarcer);

CWC book #79 - ARNOLD, Eloit - The Commandos (Non-Fiction; War Fiction; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later reissued as #225; 1st Impression = red edges = Very RARE; 2nd Impression = blue edges = Very Scarce!);

CWC book #80 - CURRAN, Tex - The Ridin Fool (Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover all Impression = Uncommon; 1st Impression = 1943, reddish brown backgrounds, with blue cactus' on cover; 2nd Impression = from 1945, but still dated 1943, has brown backgrounds with green cactus' on cover; 3rd Impression = 1946, yellow backgrounds with red cactus' on cover);

CWC book #81 - GUNN, Victor (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; AKA= Berkeley Gray & Carlton Ross) - Ironsides Lone Hand (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 1st BONDAGE cover in the series, of a man tied to a post);

CWC book #82 - WHITE, Ethel Lina - She Faded into the Air (Mystery; 1st Paperback edition; Uncommon; Line Art Cover Scarce; Preceded by the Harper & Brothers 1941 Hardcover; Variation on the author's "vanishing woman" theme; Re-issued in 1946 as Popular Library #75);



1944: Year of Transition;

CWC book #83 - MADDOCK, Stephen (Pseudonym of Australian author J. M. Walsh) - Gentleman of the Night (Secret Service Spy Thriller set in Naples & Malta; 1st North American Paperback edition; RARE title in ANY printing; Novel set in Italy. First PAINTED Cover in series - Cover Art by M. Paull; RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series);

CWC book #84 - YORE, Clem - O,Malley in the Saddle (Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover both Impression = Uncommon; 1st Impression = 1944, blue edges; 2nd Impression = 1946, red edges);

CWC book #85 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Miss Dynamite (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE!; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 5th book in Norman Conquest series; Girl with Machine Gun cover!);

CWC book #86 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dark Duet (Spy; Thriller; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA edition retitled "Counter Spy Murders"; 1st book in "Dark" series & one of his all time best novels!);

CWC book #87 - FARJEON, , J. {Joseph} Jefferson. (1883-1955; Pseudonym = Anthony Swift ) - The Judge Sums Up (Mystery; 1st paperback, Scarce; Preceded by the Bobbs-Merrill 1942 Hardcover; Mr Justice Unwin, the Judge is the Detective - can the reader find the same flaw in the evidence he did? Line-art cover with a "wash" effect by M. Paull);

CWC book #88 - CURRAN, Tex - Last Bullet (Western; 1st Paperback; Rrae!; Uncommon; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed);

CWC book #89 - WALSH, J.M. - Death at his Elbow (Spy; Thriller; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE!; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice "flags" cover; Nazi & Russia's are prominent);

CWC book #90 - The Forth Bomb (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Dr. Priestly series; Cover of a huge "4" and 3 bombs falling);

CWC book #91 - BROPHY, John - Spearhead (War Fiction; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed);

CWC book #92 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - Something Nasty in the Woods (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA edition retitled "Mystery in the Woodshed"; Arthur Cook series); = SOLD OUT!

CWC book #93 - ADAMS, Herbert - The 19th Hole Mystery (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ); = SOLD OUT!

CWC book #94 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner; 1900-1945)  - Heads You Live (Mystery; First Paperback Ed 1st Printing; This Title, in All Three Impressions = SCARCE in ANY Printing; Line-Drawn Cover Art by M. Paull;  1st Impression = 1944, red edges; 2nd Impression = 1944, blue edges; 3rd Impression = White edges; Mick Cardby series, vs Crime Unlimited in the Underworld of London);

CWC book #95 - SANDERS, Caas Wesley - Wandering Cowboy (Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover 1st Impression = 1944, bly edges; 2nd Impression = 1946, red edges, scarcer than 1st Impression);

CWC book #96 - MARSH, Ngaio - Color Scheme (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; reissued in 1945 as Armed service #882 & again in 1946 as Pocket #351; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series);

CWC book #97 - CHEYNEY, Peter - You'd be Surprized (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 6th book in Lemmy Caution series = one of the best!; 1st Impression = 1944, blue edges, not scarce; 2nd Impression = 1946, red edges, Scarce!);

CWC book #98 - HOLT, Henry - Calling All Cars (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice speeding Car cover);

CWC book #99 - MARSHALL, Rosamond - Kitty (Esoteric; Uncommon; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed on both; 1st paperback; reissued in 1945 as Eagle #2; 2 Simultaneous editions were released with 2 different covers to appeal to 2 different audiences!; I've distinguished them by labeling them "A" and "B"; (A) Full Frontal "Bread" Nudity; 2nd Nude cover in series, much nicer than #67 cover; extremely risque for 1944!!; It is one of the earliest Nudes on all paperbacks, if not the 2nd ever; 1st Impression = red edges; Scarce, the hardest to find of and printing of #99; (B) Historical fiction "look" with a woman in a full dress on cover; common edition; 1st Impression = last page has full page ad for "Congo Song"; 2nd Impression = last page has ad for 6 different Collins books);

CWC book #100 - (No copies know to exist);

CWC book #101 - Brock, Lynn. - The Stoat (Mystery; Green/Yellow/Black Motif ; 2nd White Circle Edition Paperback; NEW edition of NN #2; Extremely RARE; Last book in the popular Colonel Gore Series; CONFIRMED to Exist; Mostly TEXT cover, with small crude illo of a red colored animal, perhaps a Weasel, near the top of the cover) = SOLD OUT;

CWC book #102 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); (Pseudonym for Cecil John Charles Street) - Death Leaves No Card (Mystery; 2nd paperback; Extremely RARE; Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Early Skull cover; preceded by NN#3, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; Inspector Arnold/ D. Merrion series; Preceded by the 1939 UK Collins Hardcover; = SOLD OUT;);

CWC book #103 - Devine, A.D.; -- U-Boat in the Hebrides (War Fiction; Adventure; 2nd White Circle Paperback edition; Preceded by NN #11; Extremely RARE; His only title published by Collins, except #74, under his RAME Pseudonym; CONFIRMED to exist; TEXT with crude Map illo on cover) = SOLD OUT;

CWC book #104 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - Bells of Death (Mystery; 2nd paperback; Extremely RARE; Reissued of NN#15; which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; Arthur Crook series); = SOLD OUT!

CWC book #105 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Mr Mortimer Gets the Jitters (Mystery; 2nd paperback; Extremely RARE; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 1st book in Norman Conquest series; preceded by NN#17 which had a text only cover; 2nd Impression = yellow/Blue cover, dated 1945);

CWC book #106 - HOLT, Henry - Wanted for Murder (Mystery; 2nd paperback; RARE; Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Inspector Channing series; preceded by NN#20, which had a different Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; 1st Impression = 1944, red/gray cover; 2nd Impression = 1945; brown/yellow cover);

CWC book #107 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Death Before Honour (Mystery; 2nd paperback; RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; Reissued of NN#23, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; Private Detective Mick Cardby; Preceded by the 1940 UK Thriller Book Club Hardcover; FA/G $39);

CWC book #108 - MADDOCK, Stephen - Doorway to Danger (Spy; Thriller; 2nd paperback; Very RARE; Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations/ Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by NN#31, which had a different cover; Tim Terrel series);


CWC book #109 - MADDOCK, Stephen (1897-1952; Pseudonym for J. M. / James Morgan Walsh; aka H. Haverstock Hill, George M. White, Jack Carew) - Shades at Midnight (Spy; Thriller; 2nd paperback; Dated as 1942 but actually from 1944; 1st Impression with GREEN Book Edges;  Extremely RARE; Line-Drawn Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by NN#32, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations - only cover; Tim Terrel of the Secret Service series; British Secret Service Spy Espionage Thriller at the shores of the Bristol Channel, near the Terminal of an Atlantic Cable & a projected airport for the Trans-Atlantic Plane Service.  One of the 25 RAREST numbers in this 500+ Book Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; (As are all the LOW PRINT books from #101-110, all of which are virtually NEVER offered for sale in ANY grade; High Grade example with minor creasing at bottom right cover corner, thus Near FINE = $129.00);


CWC book #109 - MADDOCK, Stephen (1897-1952; Pseudonym for J. M. / James Morgan Walsh; aka H. Haverstock Hill, George M. White, Jack Carew) - Shades at Midnight (Spy; Thriller; 2nd paperback; Dated as 1942 but actually from 1944; 2nd Impression with RED Book Edges = Scarcer than the 1st Impression;  Extremely RARE; Line-Drawn Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by NN#32, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations - only cover; Tim Terrel of the Secret Service series; British Secret Service Spy Espionage Thriller at the shores of the Bristol Channel, near the Terminal of an Atlantic Cable & a projected airport for the Trans-Atlantic Plane Service.  One of the 25 RAREST numbers in this 500+ Book Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; (As are all the LOW PRINT books from #101-110, all of which are virtually NEVER offered for sale in ANY grade);


CWC book #110 - WAKEFIELD, Russell H. - Belt of Suspicion (Mystery; 2nd paperback; Extremely RARE; Uncommon; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; reissued on NN#53, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; Early Good Girl Art cover in an era when most covers were crude. One of this fantasy author's few non-fantasy books); = SOLD OUT!

CWC book #111 - DUNTON, James G. - A Maid & a Million Men (Esoteric; 2nd paperback; preceded by NN#11, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Story of a woman in "drag" in the army! Early woman in BRA cover!; 1st Impression = Common, yellow back cover & blue edges; 3rd Impression = dated 1948, blue back cover, Scarce!!);

CWC book #112 - REID, Wallace Q. - The Man from Peace River (Canadiana; Mainstream Fiction; 2nd paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Early paperback by a famous Canadian author!; preceded by NN#42, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; Mounties on cover; 1st Impression = 1944, red edges, scarce!; 2nd Impression = 1944, blue edges, Scarcer; 3rd Impression = 1946, red edges, Uncommon!);

CWC book #113 - MARSH, Ngaio - Overture to Death (Mystery; 2nd paperback; Very Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by NN#35, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series);

CWC book #114 - MARSH, Ngaio - Death at the Bar (Mystery; 2nd paperback; RARE; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; previously issued as NN#33, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations - only cover; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series);


CWC book #115 - CURRAN, Tex - The Fighting Buckaroo [Western; 2nd paperback Edition; M. Paull Painted Cover Art; Preceded by NN#9 which had a Cover with text only; 1st Impression = states "reprinted 1944" has red edges = Scarce; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1944", has blue edges = RARE; 3rd Impression = states "reprinted 1946", red edges = Very RARE;  Preceded by the 1938 Wild West Club Hardcover; Possible inspiration for the 1943 Fighting Buckaroo MOVIE starring Charles Starrett??  One of the 50 SCARCEST numbers in this 500+ Book Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; (As are all the LOW PRINT books from #111-118, The Second SCAREST Group of Number in the Series following the Rare #101-110) ];



CWC book #116 - NIVEN, Frederick John (1878-1944) - The Flying Years (Canadiana Historical Fiction mix with authentic facts; 2nd paperback edition; Line-Drawn Art Cover with Map of early Manitoba as cover; preceded by NN#38, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; 1st Impression = Says “Reprinted in 1944”, has blue edges; 2nd Impression = Says “Reprinted in 1945”, has Red edges = scarcer than 1st Impression; First book in the historically authentic Classic Trilogy dealing with the settlement of Western Canada, development from the beginnings of the Selkirk settlement to WWII );


CWC book #117 - MARSH, Ngaio - Death of a Peer (Mystery; 2nd Paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover preceded by NN# 34, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations - only cover; later USA ed retitled "Surfeit of Lampreys"; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series);

CWC book #118 - DIGBY, George - Goose Feathers (Non-Fiction; 2nd paperback edition by publisher; *** VERY RARE book Number, for completionists attempting to complete a set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; First NEW REVISED Edition THUS with Painted & Line Drawn Cover Art; Dated as 1942, but actually a 1944 reissue of NN#10, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; this issue is MUCH RARER than NN#10; a South Seas adventure story; Girl & Map cover; G/VG=$14; G=$10);

CWC book #119 thru #199 - (Never Printed do not exist!);

CWC book #200 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); Murder M.D. (mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback; M. Paull - Painted Cover Art; *** RARE book Number in the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; RARE in FINE or better ; later USA ed retitled "Who Killed the Doctor"; Inspector Arnold/ D. Merrion series; near FN=$59; VG=$29; GD minus=$19);


CWC book #201 - MEYNELL, Laurence W. (Walter) (1899–1989)  - Dark Square (War Fiction; First Paperback Ed 1st Printing; Uncommon; Line-Drawn Art Cover 1st Impression = blue edges, Uncommon; 2nd Impression = red edges, Scarce; World War II & NAZI Thriller, in the Balkan State of Turbany);


CWC book #202 - BLAKE, Nicholas (1904-1972; Pseudonym of Cecil Day-Lewis)  - The Case of the Abominable Snowman (aka  The Corpse in the Snowman) (Mystery; First Paperback Ed 1st Printing; Line-Drawn & Painted Art Cover; Great early "surreal" B&W NUDE woman cover, risqué for 1944; One of his best novels; The 7th book in Nigel Strageways series; 1st Impression = dated 1944 with Blue edges, ad for "Beast must Die" on bottom half of back cover is Scarce; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1946", has ad for "Cavalier Conquest" on back cover & different interior ads is RARE); 


CWC book #203 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - The Case of the Tea-Cosy's Aunt (Mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback; *** RARE book Number in the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA ed retitled "Death in the Blackout"; Arthur Crook series; (aka Death in the Blackout) M. Paull - Painted Cover Art); [Overall VG/FN, but with Black Crayon scribbles on Front Endpage & Title page, thus VG minus = $36] [Overall VG, but with small pieces chipped off top & lower mid spine, thus G/VG = $29][Creasing to Covers, 1” Black Felt writing on cover, thus Good = $23]

CWC book #204 - LORAC, E.C.R. (pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivet / Carol Carnac.) - Case in the Clinic LINE DRAWING COVER Art. (illustrator). First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing!. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" Tall. 191 pages. (Collins White Circle Pocket Edition. Book #204) "Who was Nurse Plewsey. just a nurse unlucky with her patients . the victim of a sinister conspiracy . or a ruthless and determined killer? "; *** Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; VERY RARE Title by this Author; Preceded by the RARE 1941 UK Collins Hardcover);

CWC book #205 - GUNN, Victor (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; AKA= Berkeley Gray & Carlton Ross) - Ironsides Smashes Through (1944; War, Espionage & Mystery; Preceded by the Rare 1940 UK Collins Hardcover; First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing! *** VERY RARE book Number, for completionists attempting to complete a set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; RARE in ANY Printing; I. McQuire - Line-Art and WASH (gives effect of a Painted Cover); 3rd book in Inspector "Ironsides" Cromwell of Scotland Yard series; SOLD OUT);

CWC book #206 - BALCHIN, Nigel Marlin (1908-1970; AKA = Spade, Mark) - Darkness Falls from the Air (192 pages. WWII Wartime London Fiction; First Canadian /North American Paperback; *** RARE book Number in the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; M.Paull - Line-Art and WASH (gives effect of a Painted Cover); Creasing to covers, thus Good = $14);

CWC book #207 - MacDONALD, Philip - Murder Gone Mad (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover reissued later as Mercury #181; Inspector Pike; John Dickson Carr picks this as one of the 10 best detective novels ever!);

CWC book #208 - MITCHELL, Joseph - McSorley's Wonderful Saloon (Humor; Contains 20 short stories collected from their the original publication in The New Yorker magazine; The characters and places that make up an old New York community, revolving aroung the famed Lower Bowery institution of the past are celebrated by the author. Notable for "Professor Sea Gull" (concerning Joe Gould; Has filled 270 Books with Conversations overheard in Greenwich Village dumps & diners); Also includes; Mazie (Blonde & Slangy prorietor of a Dime Movie), Cockeye Johnny (Gypsy King), Commodore Dutch (gives Annual Ball for Benefit of himself), Lady Olga (the Bearded Lady), Papa Houdini (Harlem Calypso singer) & other similar sketches; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art ; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Art Cover 1st Impression - red edges; 2nd Impression = blue edges; scarcer than 1st Impression; G/VG=$8; G=$6);

CWC book #209 - (No copies know to exist);

CWC book #210 - CLOETE, Stuart - Congo Song (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Gorilla holding sexy woman cover!! One of Collins original bestsellers);

CWC book #211 - CHEYNEY, Peter - The Stars are Dark (Spy; Thriller; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover later USA ed retitled "London Spy Murders" = Avon #49; 2nd book in "Dark" series & one of his all-time best novels!; 1st appearance of Everard Peter Quale in series; 1st Impression = blue edges; 2nd Impression = red edges = Scarcer than 1st Impression);


1945: Control passed completely to Canada:

CWC book #212 - (No copies know to exist);

CWC book #213 - LEACOCK, Stephen - Literary Lapses (Canadian; Humor; 2nd paperback; Very Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Two interior photo's of Leacock by Karsh. New 1945 introduction; preceded by NN#28, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations - only cover);

CWC book #214 - SHANN, Renee - 24 Hours Leave (War Fiction; Romance; Cherry Pyecroft in Women's Auxilary Air Force; First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing; Uncommon; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect); *** SCARCE book Number in the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; VG=$12; VG minus=$10; G/VG=$8)

CWC book #215 - SHARP, Margery - Stone of Chastity (Fantasy; 1st paperback; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Fantasy about a stone with magic powers! Nice cartoonish-style Good Girl Art cover by M. Paull, a'la Thorne Smith covers);

CWC book #216 - CHEYNEY, Peter - You Can't Keep the Change (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; reissued in 1946 as Avon #80; 3rd in Slim Callaghan series);

CWC book #217 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - The Woman in Red (Mystery; 1st Canadian paperback; Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover preceded by Handbook #29; later USA ed retitled "Mystery of the Woman in Red"; Arthur Crook series);

CWC book #218 - REID, Wallace Q. - Bluewater Landing (Canadian/ Western; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Scarce; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Famous Canadian author's story of Northern British Columbia; Totem Pole cover);

CWC book #219 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dangerous Curves (Mystery; 2nd paperback; RARE; Uncommon;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by #59, which had a different & poorer cover; 2nd book in Slim Callaghan series);

CWC book #220 - THANE, Elswyth - From this Day Forward (Romance; 1st Paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed);

CWC book #221 - STRONG, L.A.G. (Leonard Alfred George) - All Fall Down (Mystery; 1st Paperback edition; Preceded by the UK & USA Crime Club 1944 Hardcovers; Uncommon; Line-Art Cover by M. Paull; Inspector Ellis McKay of Scotland Yard; story & cover involving a RARE book collector; Old Matt Baildon might have been a distinguished collector of rare books, but he was a nasty piece of goods just the same. No one was unduly perturbed when he was found buried under an avalanche of his own books);

CWC book #222 - LORAC, E.C.R. - The 16th Stair (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Stylistic, abstract words & Stairs cover a'la Jonas by M. Paull);

CWC book #233 - LEACOCK, Stephen - Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (Canadiana; Humor; 2nd paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; preceded by NN#29, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations cover);

CWC book #224 - SHARP, Margery - The Nutmeg Tree (Esoteric; 2nd paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; preceded by NN#47 which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; "Judy was a Lady and her Past was Shady"; great cartoonish-style Good Girl Art cover by M. Paull a'la Thorne Smith books; 1st Impression = Scarce, dated 1945; 2nd Impression = not scarce; dated 1946);

CWC book #225 - ARNOLD, Elliot - The Commandos (War Non-Fiction; 2nd paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; preceded by #79, which had a different & poorer cover; 1st Impression = dated 1945; 2nd Impression = dated 1946);

CWC book #226 - GROSE, Helena - The New Sin (Mystery; Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #227 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Blonde for Danger (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Norman Conquest series);

CWC book #228 - MACDONALD, Philip - The Noose (Mystery; 1st Paperback edition; Scarce Title - Preceded by the 1930 USA & 1931 UK Hardcovers; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art = nice Abstract Noose & Numbers cover by M. Paull; This novel is highly praised by Arnold Bennett; Col. Anthony Ruthen Gethryn series; RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series);

CWC book #229 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - 30 Days to Live (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Reissued in 1946 as Mercury #108; Original British title = "The Moose who Wouldn't play Ball");

CWC book #230 - SPRING, Howard - Shabby Tiger (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; His 1st novel; Later reissued as #327, with a new cover; 1st appearance Rachel Rosing - see #251);

CWC book #231 - BALCHIN, Nigel Marlin (1908-1970; AKA = Spade, Mark) - The Small Back Room (War Fiction; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #232 - CAMPBELL, Alice - no Light Came On (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Woman in Bed Cover);

CWC book #233 - WARREN, James - Prowl No More Lady (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; His 2nd book!; Policeman Jimmy Warren becomes a Detective Sergeant of the CID; 2nd book in J. Warren series; Cover pictures a lady on street corner by a streetlamp with a Ghostly-Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations image of a Hangmans noose behind her!);

CWC book #234 - GROSE, Helena - The Morning After (Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #235 - PENNY, Rupert - Sealed Room Murder (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great-Bizarre Abstract Nude Bondage Cover with Scissors/Key super-imposed in front!!! Quite risque for 1945! Possibly the first combination Nude/Bondage cover ever on any paperback! HOT! One of the most desirable books in the entire Collins series; Inspector Beale series = SOLD OUT);

CWC book #236 - RHODE, John (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= Miles Burton); - Dead on the Track (Mystery; First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing;  >>> RARE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series;  SCARCE Title in ANY Printing; Dr Priestly series; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect; VG minus=$59; G/VG-=$49; FA/G=$39);

CWC book #237 - HULL, Richard - And Death Came To (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

CWC book #238 - WARREN, James - She Fell Among Actors (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 3rd book in Jimmy Warren series);

CWC book #239 - FARJEON, J. Jefferson - Room No.6 (Mystery with Marginal fantasy elements. First Canadian /North American Paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art; Bizzare, abstract cartoonish cover of six strange figures walking thru huge number "6" (cover makes this book LOOK like straight fantasy; VG minus=$12)

CWC book #240 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Farewell to the Admiral (Mystery; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; precedes Avon MMM#30; original British title "Sorry you've been Troubled"; 5th book in Slim Callaghan series);

CWC book #241 - AMES, Jennifer - Dark Sunlight (Romance; Spy; Thriller; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Romance & tropical Nazi Intrigue!);

CWC book #242 - LORAC, E.C.R. (pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivet / Carol Carnac.) -- Death Came Softly (Mystery; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Inspector MacDonald series; Nice SKULL & SHOVEL cover;

1945. First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing!. 192 pages. >> "Valehead House, standing so serenely in the sunshine among the rich Devonshire meadows, appealed to Mrs. Merrion from the moment she first glimpsed it. To her it was the happy ending to a wearisome home-hunting expedition and she arranged to move in with her father, Professor Crewdon. But her happiness, as often happens, was suddenly snatched from her by the tragic death of her father, whose body was found in a cave on the estate. Chief Inspector Macdonald of Scotland Yard was called in and was soon looking for motive, method and opportunity. "; Preceded by the scarce 1943 UK & USA Hardcovers; >>> SCARCE Title by this Highly Collectible author; RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; >>> GLOSSY Near New appearance, Near FN example; But corner chipped at upper left cover & Light Crease at upper right cover, thus VG+. Inventory # 8459-6 Condition: Very Good +. Price = $39.00);

CWC book #243 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Dishonor Among Thieves (Mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback; I. McQuire - Cartoon Line-Art and WASH Cover Art; Mick Cardby detective series; >>> SCARCE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; SCARCE Title in ANY Printing; FN+, near new=$39; VG=$12; FA/G=$8);

CWC book #244 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - The Gay Desperado (Mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect) Norman Conquest); >>> SCARCE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; SCARCE Title in ANY Printing; VG=$30; G/VG=$25);

CWC book #245 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dames Don't Care (Mystery; 2nd paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; preceded by NN#6, which had a Cover with text only copy, and no illustrations-only cover; 3rd book in Lemmy Caution series);


1946: Their 5th Year, Post-WWII books:

CWC book #246 - ASHTON, Helen - Yeoman's Hospital (Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #247 - KIELLAND, Axel - Live Dangerously (Spy; Thriller; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; translated from the Swedish text & original Norwegian Manuscipt; "Wine, Women & Sabotage"; "If you want a breathless thriller plus a love story that spells Ingrid Bergman on every page, this book is for you".);

CWC book #248 - SPRING, Howard - Hard facts (Humor; Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; author of "Shabby Tiger");

CWC book #249 - TWAIN, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mainstream Fiction; 1st Canadian paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; A perrenial Classic.);

CWC book #250 - FARJEON, J. Jefferson - Green Mask (Borderline Fantasy; mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Marginal fantasy elements of a haunted Castle; Probably preceded Dell #111);

CWC book #251 - SPRING, Howard - Rachel Rosing (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 2nd appearance of R.Rosing = 1st appearance is in Spring's "Shappy Tiger");

CWC book #252 - BURTON, Mies - The 3 (Three) CORPSE TRICK (Mystery; First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing! M. PAULL - Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect); Inspector Arnold/ D. Merrion series; Strange stylistic abstract cover of a Woman's face, a barrel & a big "3"; *** RARE book Number in the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; *** RARE in HIGH GRADE Collectible Condition; FN+=$69; FAIR+=$22);

CWC book #253 - CHEYNEY, PETER - Another Little Drink (Mystery; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nick Bellamy = one of Cheyney's best non-series private-eye books!);

CWC book #254 - HOWARD, Mary - Family Orchestra (Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton )

CWC book #255 - WALLACE, Edgar - The Devil Man (Mystery; Non-Fiction; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; reissued as #545, with a different cover; USA ed retitled "Life & death of Charles Peace"; True story about Charles Peace the 'Arch-Criminal of all time");

CWC book #256 - CARTER, Dyson - Night of Flame (romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #257 - CALDWELL, Erskine - Tobacco Road (Mainstream Fiction; 1st Canadian paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Classic Hard-boiled-fiction about the Georgia Hills; 1st Impression = 1947, turquoise blue back cover; 2nd Impression = 1949, navy blue back cover, scarcer; 3rd Impression = 1952, navy blue back cover, RARE!);

CWC book #258 - LORAC, E.C.R. - Checkmate to Murder (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Inspector MacDonald series); = SOLD OUT;

CWC book #259 - WHITE, Ethel Lina - The Man who was not There (mystery; Very Scarce; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect); First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing; VG minus=$33; G=$23; G/VG, ½ front endpage missing, thus G minus =$19);

CWC book #260 - GREIG, Maysie - Reluctant Millionaire (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #261 - Smith, Shelley (Pseudonym of Nancy Bodington) – This is the House (Mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback; SCARCE Title; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect) Author's 3rd novel; Great Abstract cover of a Panther-Like CAT, a Dead Girl & a BLEEDING DAGGER);

CWC book #262 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - Death at the Door (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Reissued in 1947 as Bantam #85; Original Britsh title "He came by night"; Arthur Crook series);

CWC book #263 - AMES, Jennifer - Restless Beauty (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; 1st Impression, dated 1946; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1946", scarcer!);

CWC book #264 - CLOETE, Stuart - Turning Wheels (Humor; Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Historical Story about the Boers trek across South Africa; author of "Congo Song");

CWC book #265 - HAIG-BROWN, Roderick - Timber (Canadiana; Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Canadian author; A novel of the Pacific Coast loggers; also published as"The Tall Trees Fall");

CWC book #266 - ROSS, John - The Tall Man (Mystery; 1st paperback; M. PAULL - Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect); First Canadian /North American Paperback  >>> RARE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; RARE in ANY printing; His only book for Collins. "A Playboy's War on crime"; G=$15);

CWC book #267 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Cavalier Conquest (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Norman Conquest series);

CWC book #268 BLAKE, Nicholas - The Smiler with the Knife (Mystery; 1st Canadian paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by Popular Library #41; 4th book in Nigel Strangeways series);

CWC book #269 - SHANN, Renee - Girl About Town (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #270 - WINCH, Evelyn - Mankiller (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Negress in Jungle Good Girl Art cover);

CWC book #271 - GUNN, Victor (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; AKA= Berkeley Gray & Carlton Ross) - The Dead Man Laughs (Mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback;  >>> RARE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series;  SCARCE Title in ANY Printing; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Nice Graveyard & SKULL cover; Inspector "Ironsides" Cromwell series; G/VG=$29; FA/G=$19);

CWC book #272 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Too Dangerous to Live (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; "The Career of a Lady Crook"; Mick Cardby series);

CWC book #273 - PRATT, Theodore - Miss Dilly says No (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ' "Secrets of a Holywood Secretary");

CWC book #274 - RHODE, John (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= Miles Burton); , John- Men Die at Cyprus Lodge (Mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Dr Priestly series; Murder in a "Haunted" house; Moody Pop-art style cover;  >>> RARE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series;  RARE Title in ANY Printing; VG=$59; GD+=$44);

CWC book #275 - WHITE, Ethel Lana - They See in Darkness (Mystery; 1st paperback; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect) Bizarre POP-ART mysterious cover, with Strange figures walking in front of a huge Green Eyeball.  >>> RARE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series;  RARE Title in ANY Printing; First Canadian /North American Paperback; GD+=$24; FA+=$17);

CWC book #276 - REID, Walter Q. - The Doctor of the North (Canadian; Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback; Scarce; line- art cover a line art cover, with a "wash" effect ; Canadian author's story of the Canadian North-West);

CWC book #277 - CHEYNEY, Peter - They Never Say When (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Preceded Avon MMM#36; 7th book in Slim Callaghan series; "Slim meets 3 Glamour girls"; Girl with Gun cover!);

CWC book #278 - MAYBURY, Anne - A Lady Fell in Love (Romance; First Canadian /North American Paperback;  >>> RARE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series;  RARE Title in ANY Printing; Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect); VG+=$24; G=$15; FA/G=$12);

CWC book #279 - ADAMS, Herbert (aka Jonathan Gray) - The Case of the Stolen Bridegroom (Mystery; First Canadian /North American Paperback; M. PAULL - Line Drawn Cover with Wash Cover Art (gives Painted Cover effect); Murder on a Honeymoon; NOOSE Cover;  >>> VERY RARE book Number, for Collectors trying to assemble a Set of the Highly Collectible Original Vintage Canadian Collins WHITE CIRCLE Paperback Series; RARE Title in ANY Printing; VG/FN=$39; VG minus=$27; G/VG=$24);

CWC book #280 - GREIG, Maysie - The Girl with a Million (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Colorful part/ Champagne glasses cover);

CWC book #281 - ADAMS, Herbert - The Writing on the Wall (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

CWC book #282 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - The Scarlet Button (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Arthur Crook series; later USA ed retitled "Murder is Cheap");

CWC book #283 - LORAC, E.C.R. (pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivet / Carol Carnac.) -- Murder by Matchlight (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Inspector MacDonald series; 192 pages. "It happened in the darkness of a black November evening in Regent's Park. Bruce Mallaig, a young analytical chemist taking a walk in the park, was suddenly attracted by the suspicious behaviour of a man who, obviously believing himself to be unobserved in the black-out, took cover nearby as if waiting in hiding. Soon after, another passerby stopped to light a cigarette, and beyond that small bright circle of matchlight Bruce glimpsed another face in the darkness - a sullen, dark face. The light went out ... there was a dull thud, the sound of a heavy body falling... and then silence."; >>> UNCOMMON Title by this Highly Collectible author; SCARCE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series;

CWC book #284 - FARJEON, J. Jefferson - The House of Shadows (Gothic or Horror; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Eerie "Haunted House" pop-art-style cover);

CWC book #285 - SHANN, Renee - Crossroads (Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );RHODE, John (Pseudonym of Cecil John Charles Street; aka = Miles Burton)

CWC book #286 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Meet the Dragon (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Mick Cardby series; Story about a female criminal.);

CWC book #287 - ERMINE, Will - Cowboy, Say Your Prayers (Western; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; His only Collins book);

CWC book #288 - WHITE, Ethel Lina - Step in the Dark (Mystery; 1st Canadian Paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by Penquin #565; Cover of a blindfolded woman & eerie blue hairy hands coming at her);

CWC book #289 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); - Early Morning Murder 9mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA edition retitled "Accidents Do Happen"; Inspector Arnold/ D. Merrion series);

CWC book #290 - EDGINTON, May - Favorite Wife (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Uncommon; Woman in bed cover);

CWC book #291 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Convict 1066 (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; note: as the Norman Conquest of Britain occurred in the year 1966 A.D., this title represents a further extension of the author's wit!; Strange pop-art style cover!);


1947: Intro of the "Photo Good Girl Art cover!":

CWC book #292 - THANE, Elswyth - Queens Folly (Historical Fiction; romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #293 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Poison Ivy (Mystery; 1st paperback; Introduction of a New Cover Genre to paperbacks - the "Photo-Good-Girl-Art-Cover"!!!; Superb photo-Good Girl Art-cover of a sultry woman, with a cigarette! Hot! Key Book!; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 2nd book in Lemmy Caution series);

CWC book #294 - FERRARS, E. (Elizabeth) X. (1907-1995) - Murder Among friends (Mystery; 1st paperback; Preceded by the Collins Crime Club 1946 Hardcover; RARE; Nice, interesting experimental Re-Touched-PHOTO cover of a woman walking down an Eerie staircase; early 7th novel by this prolific author who wrote some of the best contemporary mysteries; RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series);

CWC book #295 - HANCOCK, Lucy Agnes - Nurses Aide (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #296 - VON TEMPSKI, Armine - Born in Paridise (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Nice cover of a Topless Hawaiin girl with a lei covering only the top of her breasts);

CWC book #297 - SMITH, Harry - Nine to Five (Humor; 1st paperback Canadian paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; His only book for collins);

CWC book #298 - HULL, Richard - Left-Handed Death (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great Skull in outline of a left hand cover);

CWC book #299 - LEE, Ranger - Short Grass Range (Western; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #300 - MARSH; Ngaio - Died in the Wool (Mystery; 1st Canadian paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by Armed Service #760; reissued in 1949 as Pocketbook #626; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series; Strange, but great NUDE cover of a Blonde fallen out of a large cube of wool, with one full BREAST & NIPPLE Exposed! Risque for 1947);

CWC book #301 - CAMPBELL, Alice - With bated Breath (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

CWC book #302 - EDGINTON, May - Experiment in Love (Esoteric; Romance; 1st paperback; Scarce; "Marriage of Convenience" featuring a Photo cover of a Husband & Wife sitting at opposite ends of a bed in robes, avoiding each other yet looking at each other out of the corners of their eyes!);

CWC book #303 - KIELLAND, Axel - Dangerous Honeymoon (Spy/ Thiller; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice Photo cover; "Hardboiled, sophisticated & amusing");

CWC book #304 - SHARP, Margery - The Flowering Thorn (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; "Weekend Scandals" Nice cartoonist style Good Girl Art cover of girl in bikini);

CWC book #305 - WALSH, J.M. - Lady Ingognito (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; "Mistress of the Underworld"; Nice girl in black mask cover);

CWC book #306 - SMITH, Wade - Rattlesnake (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

CWC book #307 - MARSHALL, Gary - Cottonwood Creek (Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #308 - WHITE; Ethel Lina - Her Heart in her Throat (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; "A Masterpiece of Terror"; Great cover of an eerie street with a transparent man's image over it);

CWC book #309 - LEE, Ranger - The Valley Before Me (Western; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #310 - CAMPBELL, Grace - Thorn-Apple Tree (Canadian/Historical Fiction/Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Inside illustrations by Franklin Carmichael, who was a member of the "Group of Seven" & a very famous Canadian painter. Classic novel of Canada, about the Glengarry settlers);

CWC book #311 - FARJEON, J. Jefferson - The Third Victim (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art / Photo front cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantastic photo - Good Girl Art "Legs" cover; Cover is part art/part photo; "Legs" are in stockings & period sandals and are depicted in black & white; rest of cover depicts large pop-art style numbers "1,2 &3" plus several Collins books scattered on floor!! Hot!! Unique, strange & very desirable cover!);

CWC book #312 - GREIG, Maysie - table for two (Romance/Mystery; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art / photo front cover; "Reckless Passionate Romance" with mystery elements);

CWC book #313 - MARSHALL, Rosamond - Dutchess Hotspur (Esoteric; 1st paperback; probably preceded Eagle book #E3; HOT "Cleavage" photo-Good Girl Art-cover, of a reclining, sultry & alluring female, holding her hand to he breast & fanning herself with her other hand! By the author of "Kitty"! One of Collins' all-time bestsellers);

CWC book #314 - WYNNE, Pamela - A Dream Come True (Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #315 - KEYES, Francis Parkinson - The Safe Bridge (Historical fiction/Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; line- art cover a line art cover, with a "wash" effect ; Cover of a fallen woman with a threatening looking man standing before her, stick in hand!);

CWC book #316 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dark Hero (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantastic photo-Good Girl Art-cover; 4th book in "Dark" series; "Guns, Gangsters & a Girl"; 1st Impression = dated 1947; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1948" = RARE);

CWC book #317 - MARSHALL, Gary - Guns of Arizona (Western; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #318 - SMITH, Wade - The Battle at Black Mesa (Western; 1st paperback;Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #319 - LARRIMORE, Lida - True by the Sun (Romance; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #320 - Maddock, Stephen - Overture to Trouble (Spy/Thriller; 1st paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Tim Terrel series);

CWC book #321 - GREIG, Maysie - The Dangerous Age (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; 'A Wolf at a Lady's door"; Great cover of a topless woman in lingerie covering herself with a towel as a "Wolf" peeks in the door);

CWC book #322 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Heading for a Wreath (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Great, bizarre Photo cover of a screaming woman's head surrounded by a wreath of white lily flowers; Mick Cardby series);

CWC book #323 - PRATT, Thoedore - Thunder Mountain (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Nice Good Girl Art cover; "Seven Intimate Love Affairs" in the Rockies of Colorado);

CWC book #324 - SEIFERT, Elizabeth - A Great day (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Good Girl Art - Nurse cover);

CWC book #325 - MEYNELL, Laurence - Strange Landing (Adventure/Esoteric/Borderline Fantasy; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Fantasy overtones; Fantastic BONDAGE cover of a frightened woman being threatened with a sickle by a nude man with a wolf's head-dress, a member of a strange Aegean Island Cult!!! Bizarre);

CWC book #326 - AMES, Jennifer - Lovers in the Dark (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Nice Good Girl Art cover; Romantic adventure with black marketeers & smugglers);

CWC book #327 - STRING, Howard - Shabby Tiger (Esoteric; 2nd paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Classic Frontal NUDITY & "Nipples" cover; Very controversial for 1947!!!; Preceded by #230 which had a different & much poorer cover; 1st Impression = dated 1947, Scarce!; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1948"; HOT);

CWC book #328 - RANDALL, Rona - She Married a Doctor (Romance; 1st paperback; Unusual Photo cover, taken in black & white);

CWC book #329 - SANDERS, C.W. - He Packed a Gun (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art );

CWC book #330 - GROSE, Helena - Rehearsal for Marriage (Romance; 2nd paperback; Line Drawn with Wash Cover Art ; preceded by #77, which had a different & much poorer cover);

#331 - ANTHONY, Norman - How to Grow Old Disgracefully (Humor/ Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Great cartoonist-style Good Girl Art cover of 3 beautiful girls fawning over an older gent, drinking champagne, with scantily dressed dancing girls in background! Anthony's only book for Collins; Many interior illustrations, photo & line-drawn; including advertising spoofs, cartoons etc. in a "Mad magazine" style/format; Preceded Mad by many years!);

#332 - SHERIDAN, Clare - El Caid (Esoteric; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Uncommon; Great Harem Girl, Good Girl Art cover; 1st Impression = dated 1947; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1948", Scarce);

#333 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Stand Up and Fight (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE);


1948: More photo-Good Girl Art-covers; Spillane

#334 - WALSH, J.M. - Express Delivery (Mystery; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; RARE; Moody "Sinister Soho" cover);

#335 - CALDWELL, Erskine - Trouble in July (Mainstream Fiction; 1st Canadian paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Classic, gritty novel of prejudice toward Negroes in early Georgia; 1st Impression = turquoise blue back cover, dated 1948; 2nd Impression = 1951, but still dated 1948, has Navy blue back cover, Scarce; 3rd Impression = dated 1952, Navy blue back cover, Very Scarce; ALL Impression's have different ads on last page);

#336 - CHEYNEY, Peter - The Urgent Hangman (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 1st book in Slim Callaghan series; Fantastic top-Photo--good Girl Art-Cover = Very subtle & sensuous "Cleavage" cover of girl in gorgeous French gown, cigarette in hand!!! Beautiful cover composition of gown draping around book title - PLUS the Very Unusual Positioning of the book title in the lower right part of the cover - even the Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations face chosen for the title is unusual - it's a Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations face never used on US paperbacks. Overall a brilliant piece of cover design, a classic example of how collins covers differed from other paperback publishers! Counterbalancing the incredibly tasteful front cover is the back cover quote "--who knew how to wear - or not to wear - her clothes!");

#337 - LEE, Ranger - Rustler's Luck - Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect);

#338 - SMITH, Wade - "B" Diamond Ranch (Western; 1st paperback; Very RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Possibly the RAREest numbered Collins western! Cover of Cowboys fist fighting, dropping branding iron.);

#339 - GUNN, James - The Tarnished lady (Esoteric/Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Superb photo-Good Girl Art cover; "A novel of Violence" & "A beautiful and immoral woman", "female of the Species"; His only book for Collins; 1st Impression = 1948, Extremely RARE; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1948", Very RARE; Hot Book!);

#340 - SHANN, Renee - Christopher's Wife (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; "A Beautiful schemer for luxury & love".);

#341 - VERNON, Elizabeth - Come by Chance (Esoteric; 1st paperback; RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; "An English Girl was a Turk's delight".);

#342 - GREIG, Maysie - Take this Man (Romance/ Esoteric; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; "Passion" & "Romance the Argentine Way");

#343 - MOORE, John - Fair Field (Mainstream Fiction; 1st Canadian Paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; semi-biographical novel of a man & his small market town in the mid-west.; His only book for Collins);

#344 - GRAY, Berkley - Meet the Don (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great fistfight & Good Girl Art Bondage cover; Norman Conquest series);

#345 - GROSE, Helena - No Man's Bride (Esoteric/Romance; 1st paperback; Very RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; "Tarnished!"; Excellent Good Girl Art cover = Man forcefully grabbing beautiful girl with his hand cupped over her mouth!);

#346 - CALDWELL, Erskine - House in the Uplands (Esoteric/ Mainstream Fiction; 1st Canadian Paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Profile of a pretty Negress on cover; "The degeneration of a man"; Classic story of the decay of the Southern gentry & Negroes.);

#347 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Uneasy Terms (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantastic "Bikini" photo-Good Girl Art-cover, girl has cigarette in hand!! "She was a lady but her past was shady"; 8th book in Slim Callaghan series; Made into a film with Michael Rennie as Slim, using Cheyney's supervision.);

#348 - GROSE, Helena - You Were Mine (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect);

#349 - SHANN, Renee - Love & learn (Esoteric/ Romance; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; "The Lady was Indiscreet"; Reclining girl with cigarette cover!);

#350 - KEVERNE, Richard - The Lady in Number 4 (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Mysterious cover & errie story);

#351 - MacKINNON. Allan - The House of Darkness (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantastic photo-good girl art-cover of a Blonde ina robe ina darkly lit room! Colin Oglivie & 3 beautiful women);

#352 - MARSHALL, Gary - The Prospector of Signal Mountain (Western; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; "Guns & Gold");

#353 - LEE, Ranger - Red Skirt (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#354 - SMITH, Wade - Three Bar Cross (Western; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#355 - GRANT, Ambrose ( pseudonym of Rene Brabazon Raymond; AKA = James Hadley Chase) - More Deadly Than the Male (Mystery; 1st paperback; SCARCE Title in ANY edition; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Classic book title; Fantastic PHOTO GGA Good Girl Art-cover of beautiful Blonde standing in doorway of a bar with cigarette in hand! Hot! "Greed & Savage passions", "Violent & brutal characters"; only time author used this pseudonym; His only Ambrose Grant book for Collins; Preceded by the 1946 UK Eyre & Spottiswoode Hardcover);

#356 - MARSHALL, Gary - Buckshot (Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect);

#357 - TAYLOR, Angeline - B line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect Jade (Esoteric; 1st paperback; als; reissued in 1952 as Harlequin #184; Nice Good Girl Art "Cleavage" cover of a Topless Negress covering the bottom half of her breasts with crossed arms! Jade is a "Beautiful, exotic slave mistress", "brought at a shameful auction sale", has "Voodoo drums", "Savage Rites" and more; 1st Impression = 1948, turquoise blue back cover; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1948", otherwise same; 3rd Impression = states "reprinted 1949", has Navy blue back cover; scarcest version!);

#358 - INNES, Hammond - Snowbound (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Nice photo-Good Girl art-cover of a pretty girl at a ski lodge; "The year's most exciting mystery"; Made into a J. Arthur Rank film with Dennis Price as Neil Blair!);

#359 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dark Interlude (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great experimental photo-Good Girl Art cover with an art nouveau background including a nude woman in sketch, with the photo in the foreground; reissued in1949 as Bantam #730; 5th book in "Dark" series; 3rd appearance of E.P. Quale);

#360 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Mr Ball of Fire Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Norman Conquest series; Nice "period" cover, with a man in back & with a girl loading a gun in foreground.);

#361 - LEE, Ranger - The Silver Train (Western; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect);

#362 - SMITH, Wade - The Red Steer (Western; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fistfight cover!);

#363 - GAYE, Carol - Let's Get Married (Romance; 1st paperback; RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#364 - GREIG, Maysie - Castle in the Air (Romance; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect);

#365 - CHRISTIE, Agatha - The Hollow (Mystery; 1st Paperback Edition, 1st Printing; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; RARE; Line-Art cover, with a "Wash" Painted Cover effect; Precedes Pocketbook #485; Great Good Girl Art cover of a Blonde in a bikini who has just gunned down a man!; Hercule Poirot series; Later USA edition was retitled "Murder After Hours"; *** RARE Number in the Canadian Collins White Circle series; Inscription in Black Pen on front endpage; Moderate Creasing to Covers, thus G/VG = $29.00);


#366 - MAYBURY, Anne - Only to Ask (Romance; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Girl in Bikini cover);

#367 - GROSE, Helena - Brides Must Obey (Esoteric/ Romance; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Girl-in-Bed cover);

#368 - FRANKLIN, Charles - Cocktails with a Stranger (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Superb "Femme Fatale" Photo-Good Girl Art-cover, with a beautiful girl sitting at a bar, cigarette in one hand, drink in other, several bottles of Canadian "hard" liquor pictured & a mysterious stranger at the doorway! Hot!! 1st book in Grant Garfield series);

#369 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Your Deal my Lovely (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Excellent photo-Good Girl Art cover of a pretty girl, cigarette in hand playing poker with two men!; 7th book in Lemmy Caution series; One of the 3 RAREst Cheyney books of all time, along with NN#5 & NN#6);

#370 - BLAKE, Nicholas - Minute for Muder (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Photo-Good Girl art-cover of a Blonde with a cigarette! "Where there's a Blonde - there's trouble"; precedes Pocketbook #548?; 8th book in Nigel Strageways series; One of his best novels);

#371 - MARSH, Ngaio - Final Curtain (Mystery/Esoteric; 1st Canadian Paperback; Very Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; preceded by Armed Service #1269; reissued in 1948 as Pocket #527; Great Good Girl art cover; "A Dangerous Lady"; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series.);

#372 - PRICE, Marjorie - Episode by Midnight (Canadiana/Romance; 1st paperback; Very RARE, for a romance; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Canadian author?; Ony book for Collins);

#373 - SHANN, Renee - Third Party Risk (1948; Esoteric/Romance; FIRST Paperback edition; Preceded by the 1947 Collins Hardcover; RARE Number in the Highly Collectible Canadian COLLINS WHITE CIRCLE series; Line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "Wash" effect Painted Cover; GGA / Good Girl Art Lingerie Painted Cover of an unconscious beautiful Lady in Lingerie lying on a bed; "Wife, husband and friend"; Love Story with problems that face a young married couple after the separations of War Cover. David’s infatuation with another Woman);

#374 - LUSTGARTEN, Edgar - One More Unfortunate (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great "Hooker" on a dimly lit street corner, cigarette in hand cover!; Prostitute murder theme! "Going Anywhere darling?"; original British title "Case to Answer");

#375 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - Courtier to Death (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Pretty girl's face on cover; later USA ed retitled "The Dover Train Mystery"; M. Duputy series; Rene sunk to the "demi-monde of drug addicts & neurotics");

#376 - Smith, Shelley (Pseudonym of Nancy Bodington) - Come & Be Killed (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great Good Girl Art cover of beautiful girl in negligee shying away from threatening looking man!; Inspector Johnson);

#377 - BRAHMS, Caryl & S.J. Simon - Trottle True (Esoteric/ Humor; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Nice cartoonish-style cover of a beautiful "Busty" dance hall girl in net stockings & dancehall dress!);

#378 - KELLEY, Thomas P. - Famous Canadian Crimes (Non-Fiction/Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition} in book format; Extremely RARE; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Canadian fantasy author; His only book for Collins KEY book; Noose & Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations cover);

#379 - ARNOLD, Elliot - Everybody Slept Here (Esoteric/Humor; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Nice Good Girl Art cover of a girl holding a drink.);

#380 - HUME, David (Pseudonym of John Victor Turner) - Requiem for Rogues (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Hard boiled; Nice bar room cover with pretty girl by Fernie.);

#381 - INNES, Hammond - The Killer Mine (Adventure; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; later USA ed retitled "Run by Night");

#382 - GAYE, Carol - Hot & Bothered (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Did you catch the title of this book?; HOT Blonde-in-Bed cover!!! Girl wearing a very low cut cleavage negligee & has a smoking cigarette in the ashtray by her bed!! "Lady be Good".);

#383 GRAY, Berkley - Killer Conquest (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; "Babes & Bullets"; Norman Conquest series);

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#384 - SPILLANE, Mickey - I, the Jury (Mystery; 1st Paperback, of this all-time Classic, precedes the USA Signet edition by 2 months with the FIRST Impression; This Book had ZERO distribution in the USA; This is Spillane's FIRST novel, the FIRST book in the Mike Hammer series & his ONLY book for Collins White Circle; Fantastic Girl at Gunpoint, disrobing down to Lingerie GGA / Good Girl Art cover!; His most famous book, this book is Hot & Highly, Collectible; This is the single most desirable Collins White Circle book, & could one day be one of the top 5-10 most valuable paperbacks; Very RARE! Line-art cover, with a "wash" to give a Painted effect; Much RARER & far superior cover to either of the controversial covers on the first 2 Signet editions, or any other editions; Major Key Book; FIRST Impression = Dated only as 1948, Duller cover gloss; Turquoise Blue back cover

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#384 - SPILLANE, Mickey - I, the Jury (Toronto, Canada, 1949. Soft Cover. 191 pages. This is Spillane's FIRST novel, the FIRST book in the Mike Hammer series & his ONLY book for Collins White Circle; Fantastic Girl at Gunpoint, disrobing down to Lingerie GGA / Good Girl Art cover; This white circle edition had NO USA distribution; Fantastic; >>> This is THE most desirable Vintage book published by White Circle (Collins of Canada); This copy is the 2nd impression, of 2 impressions, with the Navy Blue back cover & Dated 1949 rather than 1948, thus FIRST Paperback Edition, Second Impression. Shine gloss cover with brighter colors, which makes it more attractive than the First Impression; Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: ( Inventory #WC384-4; FA/G = $35);

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1949: Painted covers begins; Harlequin opens shop;

#385 - MARSHALL, Gary - Big Smoke (Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Gunfight cover!);

#386 - LORAC, E.C.R. (pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivet / Carol Carnac.) -- Murderer's Mistake (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Nice Good Girl Art painted cover!; Original British title = "Theft of the Iron Dogs"; Inspector MacDonald series; 1949. Fernie -- GGA - Good Girl Art "Headlights" (Big Breasts) Painted Cover. (illustrator). First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing!. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" Tall. 189 pages. >> Canadian Collins White Circle Book # 386; >> "If Giles Hogett had not visited the lonely cottage by the river, Lunesdale would have gone on as it always had, monotonously, completely unaware of the desires and hates that see the beneath the quiet surface of its everyday life. Yet because of Giles and his wife Katherine a a man was to take his own life, a murderer was to be discovered, an old scandal revived and a woman's secret shame revealed."; >>> SCARCE Title by this Highly Collectible author; VERY SCARCE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; RARE in Paperback. >>> Creased Covers, Reading Copy. Inventory # 8463-5 Condition: G/VG. Price = $36.00);

#387 - WYNNE, Pamela - Stephanie (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Nice Good Girl Art woman changing "Lingerie" cover);

#388 - SMITH, Wade - Wild Country (Western; 1st paperback; Painted cover);

#389 - AMES, Jennifer - Florida Night (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Painted Cover);

#390 - GROSE, Helena - Lovebound (Esoteric/ Romance; 1st paperback; Very Scarce;Painted Cover);

#391 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dance Without Music (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Great photo-Good Girl Art-cover of a girl with cigarette in hand with a background that has 5 pinup scetches of scantily dressed dancehall girls!; "She tried to be good"; One of his best non-series private eye books!);

#392 - MEYNELL, Laurence - The Bright Face of Danger (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Painted Cover; "Her love destroyed men");

#393 - MARSHALL, Gary - Guns on the Copper Trail (Western; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Painted cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#394 - SHANN, Renee - The Heart in Spring (Romance; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Painted cover);

#395 - LEE, Ranger - Lawless Range (Western; 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect);

#396 - HENDERSON, James Leal - Whirlpool (Esoteric/Mystery/ Adventure; 1st paperback; Great Good Girl Art cover of a Nude Blonde skinny dipper, who had disrobed to below her knees, against a colorful nightime sky!; Rique for 1949);

#397 - MEYNELL, Laurence - The Evil Hour (Mystery; 1st paperback; Nice Good Girl Art Painted Cover; "She knew what she wanted - and how to get it!");

#398 - FRANKLIN, Charles - Exit without Permit (Esoteric/Mystery/ Adventure; 1st paperback; Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 2nd Grant Garfield novel);

#399 - SHANN, Renee - Whose Husband? (Romance/Esoteric; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; "He had 2 wives.");

#400 - STANLEY, Edward - Thomas Forty (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Nice Good Girl Art Painted cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; "Bastard boy of a Irish girl sold as a slave");

#401 - GAYE, CAROL My Love and I;

#402 - MURRAY, Max - The Voice of the Corpse (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice painted cover of pretty girl's face with 9 hands pointing their finger at her!; His 1st book & the 1st book in the "Corpse" series; Murray's benevolent murder ideas begin.);

#403 SEA-LION - Sea of Troubles (Esoteric/Adventure; 1st paperback; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Very Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; perhaps the single hardest Collins book to find in VF-Mint; HOT; One of it not the most exploitive covers in the entire Collins set. Fantastic, colorful cover of a Blonde girl in Bondage, legs apart, being threatened by an evil looking but beautiful woman with a HOT Poker in hand & test tubes in foreground!!! WOW);

#404 - HILTON, James - Without Armour (Mainstream Fiction/ Spy/Thriller/ Historical Fiction); 1st paperback; Scarce; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect; Suspense during the Russian revolution, with a English spy/soviet commissar & a countess. His only book for Collins. Cover of pretty woman with shadow of large hammer & sickle on the wall behind her!);

#405 - LORAC, E.C.R. - Part of a Poisoner (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Great pretty girl's face Painted cover; later USA ed retitled "P line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effects for a Poisoner"; Inspector MacDonald series);

#406 - GREIG, Maysie - Fear Kissed my Lips (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Painted cover; "Two kinds of love");

#407 - SHUTE, Neville - An Old Captivity (Fantasy/ Adventure; 1st paperback; Painted cover; Fantasy of a man traveling back in time to Viking days! Exploitive cover for a Neville Shute book, his only book for Collins; Cover of a girl & two men in bed, girl is in a nightgown!; "The Pilot tames the professor's daughter");

#408 - INNES, Hammond - Maddon's Rock (Adventure; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted Cover; later USA ed retitled "Gale Warning");

#409 – BLACKMORE, JANE. - The Square of many Colors (Esoteric/ Romance; 1st paperback; Great Good Girl Art; a line art cover, with a "wash" effect of Gorgeous Blonde in partial see through negligee lying in bed, seductively! Hot! "Woman without love");

#410 - GUNN, Victor (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; AKA= Berkeley Gray & Carlton Ross) - Three Dates with Death (mystery; 1st Paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice pretty girl Painted cover by Fernie; "Ironsides" Cromwell series.);

#411 - McMeekin, Clark - Gaudy's Ladies (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Painted Cover);

#412 - HUGHES, Isabelle - Serpent's Tooth (Esoteric; 1st Paperback; Extremely RARE; Possibly PBO ??? {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great Good Girl Art Painted Cover; Her 1st book; Canadian author's only book for Collins);

#413 - ROBERTSON, Frank C. - The Sheriff of Union County (Western; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Painted Cover);

#414 - FOX, Norman - The Devil's Saddle (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted Cover);

#415 - BURTON, Miles (1884-1965; Pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street; AKA= John Rhode); - Devil's Reckoning (Mystery/ Borderline Fantasy; 1st paperback; Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantasy elements; Nice Painted cover of pretty, woman lying dead on a bed, rose in hands!; Inspector Arnold/ D. Merrion series);

#416 - SHANN, Renee - Winter Weekend (Romance; 1st Paperback; Painted cover; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect);

#417 - AMES, Jennifer - Lips for a Stranger (Romance; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice pretty face Good Girl Art Painted Cover of beautiful & passionate looking Blonde about to kiss her handsome male friend.);

#418 - ROGERS, Phillips - Stag Night (Esoteric; 1st Canadian Paperback; Scarce; Fantastic Good Girl Art Blonde Stripper Painted Cover; Clear view of her naval; She is seductively pouring champagne as the many men surrounding her happily gaze at her! Hot! One of the most desirable Collins covers!);

#419 - EDGAR, Keith - Arctic Rendez-vous (Esoteric/ Adventure; 1st paperback; Nice girl with Dog-Sled WHIP Painted Cover; Canadian Author born in Toronto; Possible PBO? Race for secret & sunken fortune; Arctic wastes & Ghost-ship Baychimo; RCAF;

#420 - MAYBURY, Anne - Breath of Desire (Esoteric/Romance; 1st paperback; Great pretty-girls-face Painted Cover by Fernie; "She loved a scoundrel");

#421 - KENDRICK, Baynard - Lights Out (Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback; Scarce; Nice Good Girl Art Painted Cover; His 1st non-mystery novel, it's a Classic based on a subject, blind people, on which he is an authority; Key book for any Kendrick collector!; His only book published by Collins.);

#422 - MADDOCK, Stephen - Exit Only (Mystery; 1st paperback; Great pretty-girls-face Painted Cover!);

#423 - WENTWORTH, Patricia - The Case of William Smith (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted Cover; Famous author's only book for Collins; Maud Silver series; this character is often compared favorably to A. Christie's Miss Jane Marple);

#424 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Try Anything Twice (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA ed retitled "Undressed to Kill"; Great photo-Good Girl Art-cover!; "Women are always dangerous");

#425 - LOCKRIDGE, Richard & Frances - Think to Death (Mystery; 1st paperback Edition; Preceded by the Scarce J.P. Lippincott Hardcover; Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice colorful GGA / Good Girl Art - Blonde Woman in Pink "LINGERIE" painted cover; 1st book in Capt/ Inspector M. Heimrich series; Their only book published by Collins; RARE Title in ANY printing; Very rare in Paperback; RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series);

#426 - CHRISTIE, Agatha - There is a Tide (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Probably precedes Pocketbook #617; later USA ed retitled "Taken at the Flood"; Nice pretty-girl- face Painted cover!; Famous Mystery; Hercule Piorot series; 1st Impression = dated 1950; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1950" = Very RARE);

#427 – JOHNSON, Victor H. - The Horncasters (1st paperback Ed, 1st Printing; Originally published in hardcover in 1947, by Greenberg Pub.

>>> When a white woman known to harbour fondness for a black man is found beaten and dying, a delirious muttering convinces her brother that the black man is guilty, whereupon he wastes no time gathering a lynch mob. “Secrets of a Southern Town”; Cover depicts Blonde Girl threatened by Man in Hay Loft; 192 pages. NOT Dated, but printed in 1949; VERY RARE = ZERO copies for sale on ANY of the Top 11 Bookseller sites; G/VG = $59.00; another available);

#428 - Wills, Chester - Blood on the Sage (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#429 - Smith, Shelley (Pseudonym of Nancy Bodington) - The Woman in the Sea (Esoteric/Mystery; 1st paperback; Nice Woman-in-bed Painted Cover; 'A Woman who wanted everything!);

#430 - (Does not exist);

#431 - DENISON, Merrill - Klondike Mike (Non-Fiction/ Canadian; 1st Canadian Paperback; Painted cover; Preceded by Armed service B-58; Famous Canadian author's story of an Alaskan Odyssey. Classic!);

#432 - ROBERTSON, Frank C. - Way of an Outlaw (Western; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#433 - SANGSTER, Margaret E. - Surgical Call (Romance; 1st paperback; Painted Cover);

#434 - INNES, Hammond - The Blue Ice (Adventure; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Painted Cover; Reissued in 1951 as Jonathan Mystery #J60);

#435 - MARSHALL, Rosamond (1902-1957) - Celeste (Esoteric; First Canadian Paperback Ed 1st Printing; GGA / Great Good Gil Art Painted Cover by Murray Smith; By the author of "Kitty". A novel of the Barbary coast.; 1st Impression is dated 1949; 2nd Impression = states "reprinted 1950");


#436 - GUNN, Victor (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; AKA= Berkeley Gray & Carlton Ross) - Madhatter's Rock (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Nice Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 6th book in "Ironsides" Cromwell series);


1950: Competition from Harlequin bites in;

#437 - ELSNA, Hebe - Midnight Matinee (Romance/ Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Nice Painted Cover closeup of pretty girl's face.);

#438 - LORAS, E.C.R. (pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivet / Carol Carnac.) - The Affair at the Marco Polo Club (Mystery; 1950. GGA - Good Girl Art Painted Cover (illustrator). First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing!. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" Tall. 190 pages. (Collins White Circle Pocket Edition. Book #438) "Here's a mystery that really is a mystery. When Chief Inspector MacDonald crossed the threshold of the exclusive Marco Polo Club, he walked into the toughest case of his career. The 'gentleman' lying face down on the floor was one Elias Trowne, a third-rate author, a self-styled explorer, and a grade 'A' thief. All sorts of people were going to breathe more easily now that he was dead: publishers and politicians, lovely ladies and shady characters from Limehoue to Singapore; but - and it was a very big but - of the eight and only people who had the opportunity to do murder, not one had ever met Elias Trowne!"; >>> 1st Paperback edition?; *** Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; VERY RARE Title by this Author; >> Long suspected to be a Re-Titled Edition of a British Hardcover; But after 20 years of no further evidence, we suspect it might actually be a PBO; Title NOT listed in HUBIN's Crime Fiction; FIRST sentence of text in Chapter 1 = "Henri Dubonnet had the markings of an artist, but unlike some artists, he was a man of practical common sense, with a great sense of detail"; Nice Good Girl Art Painted Cover; Chief Inspector MacDonald series, with Elias Trowne & Henri Dubonnet; Inventory # 8391-5; Condition: VERY GOOD Price = $72.00);

#439 - MADDOCK, Stephen - East of Piccadilly (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Great Good Girl Art painted Cover of a Blonde opening a door to a bar; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#440 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dark Wanton - Mystery; 1st paperback; uncommon; Nice photo - Good Girl Art cover of background of a black dancing girl!; 6th book in "Dark" series; 4th appearance of E.P. Quale);

#441 - MacKINNON, Allan - Map of Distrust (Mystery/ Adventure; 1st Paperback; Very Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great Good Girl Art painted Cover);

#442 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Duel Murder (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Nice Painted Cover; Nrman Conquest series;);

#443 - TRACY, Don - Round Trip (mainstream Fiction; 1st Paperback; Very RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great Good Girl Art "Legs" Painted Cover; His only book for Collins);

#444 - HOWARD, Mary - One Summer Night (Romance; 1st Paperback; RARE; Nice Good Girl Art painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#445 - AITKEN, KATE - Kate Aitken's Canadian Cook Book (Non-Fiction/Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; (VERY SCARCE; Photo front cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better; Few of these survived, especially in nice condition; SOLD OUT );

#446 - CURRIER, Jay L. - Cargo of Fear (Adventure; 1st paperback; Fabulous Good Girl Art "Cleavage" Painted Cover; Compares favorably with Bergey's Pop. Lib #221 cover "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"; One of the most desirable covers in the entire Collins set!! Hot);

#447 - EDGAR, Keith - Murder, She Said (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Nice Painted Cover; Female heroine);

#448 - KIRBY, Reginald - Dawn Journey (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Nice Good Girl Art painted Cover; "A Wench worth waiting for".);

#449 - LUSTGARTEN, Edgar - Blonde Iscariot (Esoteric; 1st Canadiana Paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantastic Good Girl Art Painted Cover by Fernie; Underworld Theme.);

#450 - BLAKE, Nicholas - Malice in Wonderland (Mystery; 1st Canadiana Paperback; Very RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Preceded by Penquin #592; Nice Good Girl Art "Swimsuit" Painted Cover of a Blonde lying on beach!; 6th book in Nigel Strangeways series);

#451 - GARNER, Hugh - Storm Below (Adventure/Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Very Scarce; Nice painted Cover; Canadian, author of "Cabbagetown");

#452 - STEVENSON, D.E. - Kate Hardy (mainstream Fiction; 1st Paperback; Very Scarce; pretty-girl's-face Painted Cover; author's only book for Collins.);

#453 - ALLEN, Ralph (editor) - Maclean's Reader (Anthology; Attractive 'Norman Rockwell' - style Painted cover by Franklin Arbuckle! ; famous Humor/Fiction/Poetry/Articles; including 2 articles by Pierre Burton; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Uncommon);

#454 - ARCHER, C.S. - Hankow Returns (Adventure; 1st paperback; Nice Painted cover of girl in chinese robe.);

#455 - CHEYNEY, Peter - You can call it a Day (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA ed retitled "The Man Nobody Saw"; HOT, suggestive photo-Good Girl Art- cover of a Nude girl, draping blanket over herself, with shoulder of one arm bared!!; "When She was Good"; 1st Johnny Vallon book!!);

#456 - SEA-LION - When Danger Threatens (Adventure/Esoteric; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Very Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice Painted Cover of a handcuffed woman in an eerie cellar with an evil looking shadow approaching!!);

#457 - FRANKLIN, Charles (Pseudonym of Frank Usher) - The Mark of Kane (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; Great Good Girl Art Painted cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; "the Lady was a Crook"; AUTHOR NOT listed in HUBIN's Crime Fiction; Preceded by the 1949 UK Collins Hardcover);

#458 FAST, Howard - The Last Frontier (Western/Non-Fiction; 1st paperback; Scarce; Nice Painted cover; Early book by popular author of today, his only book published by Collins; based on a true Cheyenne Indians story.);

#459 - MURRY, Max - The King & the Corpse (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice Good Girl Art Painted Cover of a girl at a Roulette table; 2nd book in the "Corpse" series.);

#460 - GIELGUD, Val - The Stalking Horse (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE!; Original British title "Fall of a Sparrow"; Great Good Girl Art Painted Cover of a society girl & cigarette withholder in hand.; Anthony Havilland series.);

#461 - HOWARD, Mary - There Will I Follow (Romance/Esteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; nice Good Girl Art Painted Cover of woman, with cigarette in hand. "Story of a jealous", "Ambitious and ruthless" woman.);

#462 - O'FARRELL, William - Thin Edge of Violence (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Nice Painted cover of woman being grabbed by threatening looking man. "She tempted fate once to often". His only book for Collins.);

#463 - SMITH, Wade - Saddle Partners (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted Cover);

#464 - HEYGATE, John - Kurumba (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Scarce; Nice Good Girl Art Painted cover, with Buddah- Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations statue in background. Book about a tropical paradise island. His only Collins book.);

#465 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - The Spot marked X (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; painted Cover; Norman Conquest);

#466 - SUMMERS, Richard - Vigilante (Esoteric/Western; 1st paperback; Nice woman firing gun painted cover! Gold Rush, "Frisco & the Barbary" coast.);

#467 - GARDEN, JOHN - All on a Summer's Day (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Great photo-Good Girl Art-cover of a girl in a bathing suit.);

#468 - LEE, Ranger - Wolf on the Cactus (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted cover);

#469 - SHANN, Renee - The Lady in Question (Esoteric/Romance; 1st paperback; very RARE; Pretty-girl's-face Painted cover; "The Gay Divorcee");

#470 - LORAC, E.C.R.(pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivet / Carol Carnac.) - No Place for Murder (Mystery; Nice Pretty-Blonde Good Girl Art Painted cover; Inspector MacDonald series; This TITLE is VERY RARE in ANY Printing; PRECEDED Under the Title "Policemen in the Precinct" by the 1949 UK / British Hardcover Edition; PRECEDED Under the Title "And Then Put Out the Light" (published in Hardcover in the US in 1950 = Crime Club, Doubleday & Company). *** First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing!

#471 - MEYNELL, Laurence - The Echo in the Cave (Gothic/ Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Nice Good Girl Art Painted cover);

#472 - CHEYNEY, Peter - One of those Things (mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; later U.S. ed retitled "Mistress Murder"; Great photo-Good-Girl-Art-cover of a girl with a cigarette.);

#473 - ARCHER, C.S. - China Servant (Adventure/Esoteric; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Great Good Girl Art Painted Cover of Sexy woman in robe! "A Woman of no reputation");

#474 - MARSH, Ngaio - A Wreath for Riviera (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Nice Painted cover; original British title "Swing, Brother, Swing"; Inspector Roderick Alleyn);

#475 - MEYNELL, Laurence - The Lady on Platform One (Adventure; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Pretty-girl's-face Painted cover);

#476 - SHANN, Renee - Lady in Love (Romance; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted cover);

#477 - LEE, Ranger - The Calim Jumpers (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; Painted cover);

#478 - CHRISTIE, Agatha - Crooked House (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; precedes Pocketbook #7311; Eerie Painted cover!);

#479 - PAGANO, Jo - The Condemned (Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Painted Cover; An act of Violence leads to a city engulfed in mob rule!);

#480 - BURGESS, Eric - A Knife for Celeste (Esoteric/Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Great Good Girl Art Painted cover);

#481 - SMITH, Wade - Boss of the Diamond Cross (Western; 1st paperback; Scarce; Painted cover!);

#482 - GARNER, Hugh - Cabbagetown (Mainstream Fiction/ Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; RARE; Nice bar-room Painted cover; Famous book by a Canadian author!);


1951: The decline of White Circle's sets in;

#483 - WAUGHN, Hillary - If I Live to Dine (Mystery/Esoteric; 1st paperback; RARE; Nice Good Girl Art & Gun Painted cover! His 1st book. His only book for Collins! 1st book in Sheridan Wesley series = Raymond Chandler-style character);

#484 - STONE, Thomas - City Doctor (Romance; 1st paperback; Scarce; Painted Cover);

#485 - POWELL, Lester - Spot the Lady (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Nice Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; His only book for Collins; Philip Odell);

#486 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Daredevil Conquest (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantastic photo-Good Girl Art-cover of society girl & cigarett with holder in hand!; Norman Conquest series);

#487 - CALHOON, Richard P. - Moving Ahead on Your Job (Non-Fiction; PBO ??? {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations);

#488 - CHEYNEY, Peter - lady Behave! (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA ed retitled "Lady Beware"; Nice photo-Good Girl Art-cover! "The Female of the Species is More Deadly than the Male".; 2nd book in Johnny Vallon series.);

#489 - GAYE, Carol - Always Elizabeth (Romance; 1st paperback; RARE; Nice Painted cover; "Could she take him from her sister.");

#490 - WELTON, Paul - Flash-Hold for Murder (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great Good Girl Art Painted cover of girl-in-bed being intruded upon by male at door, the NUDE woman is covering herself with sheets!);

#491 - SMITH, Wade - Montana Gunsmoke (Western; 1st paperback; Painted cover);

#492 - MADDOCK, Stephen - Private Line (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Nice Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better );

#493 - BLAKE, Nicholas - Head of a Stranger (Mystery; 1st Canadian Paperback; Very Scarce; Painted Cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 9th book in Nigel Strangeways series; preceded by Pocketbook #742);

#494 - FRANKLIN, Charles - She'll Love You Dead (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Top Good Girl Art Painted cover of a beautiful society girl pointing a gun at the reader! HOT! "a dangerous doll");

#495 - MARSHALL, Gary - The Old Breed (Western; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Painted cover);

#496 - BALLARD, W.T. - Murder Can't Stop (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great Good Girl Art Painted cover of a threatening looking man with a club standing behind unknowing beautiful woman! Hardboiled Bill Lennox series (of Black mask fame.);

#497 - MacKINNON, Allan - Danger by my Side (Mystery/Esoteric/Adventure; 1st paperback; RARE; Top Good Girl Art Painted cover of a Big Busted Blonde!);

#498 - GARVE, Andrew - No Tears for Hilda (mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Fantastic Good Girl Art cover of a despairing looking man with Hammer in hand & his beautiful Blonde victim lying before him!!! Hot!! "If ever a woman deserved what she got - IT was Hilda".; Garve's Classic first novel!);

#499 - GILBERT, Anthony (1899-1973; Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson // AKA; J. Kilmeny Keith & Anne Meredith ) - Die in the Dark (Mystery; 1st paperback; Nice Good Girl Art Painted cover; later USA ed retitled "The Missing Widow"; Arthur Crook series);

#500 - RANDALL, Rona - Delayed Harvest (mainstream Fiction/ Esoteric; 1st paperback; Painted cover; 'Brothers fight for power and a woman");

#501 - GIELGUD, Val - Special Delivery (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Great Good Girl Art Painted cover of a frightened Blonde running up a staircase! Anthony Havilland series);

#502 - HOWARD, Mary - Bow to the Storm (Esoteric; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Great Painted cover with pretty- girl's-face! "the Cheat");

#503 - WALSH, Jim - Time to Kill (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE);

#504 - SMITH, Wade - Hidden River (Western; 1st paperback; Scarce; Painted cover);

#505 - BONNETT, John & Emery - Dead Lion (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Nice pretty-girl Painted cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; this book introduces their first series character, Professor Mandrake);

#506 - MURRAY, Max - No Duty on a Corpse (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Nice Painted cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 3rd book in "Corpse" series; original British title "Queen and the Corpse");

#507 - RANDALL, Rona - Young Dr Kenway (Romance; 1st paperback; Very Scarce!; Nice pretty-girl's-face Painted cover);

#508 - GARVE, Andrew - No mask for Murder (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA ed retitled "Fontego's Folly"; Nice carnival Painted cover withdead man bleeding - Knife in back!; His 2nd novel.);

#509 - LEE, Ranger - The Ranch in the Canyon (Western; 1st paperback; Uncommon; Painted cover; Gunfight cover);

#510 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Dark Bahama (Mystery; 1st paperback; Uncommon; later USA ed retitled "I'll bring her back"; reissued in 1952 as Eton #E115 & in 1956 as Harlequin #354; Great Good Girl art cover; 7th book in "Dark" series; 3rd Johnny Vallon);

#511 - MAYBURY, Anne - Sharon Women (Mystery; 1st paperback; Story is set in Canada);

#512 - GRAY, Berkeley ( Pseudonym for Edwy Searles Brooks; also Wrote as; Reginald Browne, R W Comrade, Berkeley Gray, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison, Carlton Ross, Edward Thornton ) - Seven Dawns to Death (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Nice Painted cover; Norman Conquest);

#513 - MEYNELL, Lawrence - Party of Eight (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Great Good Girl Art Painted cover!);

#514 - INNES, Hammond - The White South (Mainstream Fiction/Esoteric/Adventure; 1st paperback; later USA ed r retitled "the Survivors"; Excellent photo-Good Girl Art-cover!);

#515 - BRAND, Christina - Cat & Mouse (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Pretty-girl's-face Painted cover; 2nd book in Inspector Chucky series; Julian Symon's lists this as 1 of the top 100 best crime stories);

#516 - MONTROSE, David - The Crime on Cote Des Neiges [ Mystery/ Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Scarce; Great PHOTO GGA, Good Girl Art cover of a wanton woman with cigarette & brandy snifter in hands! HOT!; Last photo-Good Girl Art-cover in Collins series; Canadian mystery author's 1st book; Russell Teed series; = SOLD OUT


#517 - GARNER, Hugh - Present Reconing (Mainstream Fiction/ Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Canadian, author of "Cabbagetown"); = SOLD OUT!

#518 - WILLS, Chester - Shoot up at two Rivers (Western; 1st paperback; Scarce; Painted cover);

#519 - Smith, Shelley (Pseudonym of Nancy Bodington) - Man with a Calico Face (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fantastic-violent-Good Girl Art-Painted cover of a beautiful Blonde who has been pushed down a staircase! "Some Women are born to die violently".);

#520 - SNOW, Lyndon - Golden Future (Esoteric; 1st paperback; RARE; Nice Good Girl Art Painted cover; "Celia wanted everything she shouldn't have",);

#521 - FRANKLIN, Charles - One Night to Kill (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Great moody painted cover of men in an underground room, about to threaten a frightened woman with a Cat-O-Nine-Tails!);

#522 - WHELTON, Paul - Uninvited Corpse (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Great Good Girl Art-Stripper Painted cover!);

#523 - CHRISTIE, Agatha - A Murder is Announced (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Great Good Girl Art Painted cover; Her 50th mystery!; Probably precedes Pocketbook #820; Jane Marple series.);

#524 - STRONG, L.A.G. - Which I Never (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Fantastic Good Girl Art-Bondage Painted cover of a Blonde in torn dress, tied to chair, legs apart!; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Some dealers say this is the RAREst book in the entire Collins set!!!);

#525 - Ballard, Willis Todhunter (W.T. Ballard; 1903-1980) (Also Wrote As; Brian Agar, Parker Bonner, Sam Bowie, John Hunter, Neil MacNeil, Jack Slade, Clay Turner) - Murder in Hollywood (Mystery; 1st paperback edition - PBO?; Great GGA / Good Girl Art Painted cover; Bill Lennox series; "Her Private Life was a Public Scandal"; RARE number in the Canadian Collins White Circle Collectible Vintage Paperback series; RARE Tirtle in ANY printing; VG minus = $39.00);

#526 - LORAC, E.C.R. - Accident by Design (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very RARE; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Fernie's excellent Good Girl Art Painted cover of a startled girl-in-bed with shoulder strap fallen on her nightie!; Inspector MacDonald);

#527 - 2 books carry the same number, so I'll number them along with an "A" & a "B" to distinguish them. The "Conquest" book is in back-order lists, "Sage" is not, and was possibly originally mis-numbered.);

#527-A - GRAY, Berkley - Operation Conquest (Mystery; 1st paperback; Very Scarce; Painted cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Norman Conquest.);

#527-B - LEE, Ranger - Brothers of the Sage (Western; 1st paperback; Painted cover);

#528 - AITKEN, Kate - Lovely You (Non-Fiction; PBO ??? {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; RARE; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed)/ Photo front cover);

#529 - MacLENNON, Hugh - Barometer Rising (Adventure/Mainstream Fiction/Canadiana; 3rd paperback; RARE; Painted cover; preceded by NN#28 & #75; This printing is MUCH RAREr than & has a much better cover than #75 & is more valuable than #75);

#530 - HOWARD, Hartlay - The Last Appointment (Mystery; 1st paperback; RARE; Hot; Girl & Gun Good Girl Art Painted cover!!; 1st book in long running Glenn Bowman series & Ognall's 1st novel under his Howard pseudonym.);

#531 - ROBINS, John D. - A Pocketful of Canada (Canadiana/ Non-Fiction/ Mainstream Fiction; 2nd paperback; preceded by CWC NN #F; Woodcut Engravings Cover & Interior Art by Laurance Hyde; 32 pages of Photos; All Canadian authors, including: Bruce Hutchison, Hugh MacLennan, E.J. Pratt, Earle Birney, Vincent Massey, Grace Campbell, Stephen Leacock, Ralph Connor, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Wilfred Campbell, Nellie McClung,  Morley Callaghan & more);



1952: Their LAST year: minimal print runs;

#532 - CLOETE, Stuart - Congo Song (Esoteric; 2nd paperback; reissue of #210);

#533 - SAUNDERS, Hilary - St. George (AKA: Francis Beeding, Barum Browne, Cornelius Cofyn, David Pilgrim) -- The Sleeping Bacchus (1952; Mystery; 1st paperback Edition; Precedd by the 1951 Michael Joseph hardcover edition; Scarce; Nice BONDAGE Painted cover of a Man tied to a fence, by a Woman who is pointing a gun at the reader; Better known under Francis Beeding pseudo; only book by Collins; 3rd of only 3 novels under real name; Saunders' last book; " One painting - The Sleeping Bacchus. One thief. One American millionairess - a very nice girl. One Black Maria. Two policemen. These are the main items in the puzzle confronting John Maniott when he arrived at Brythe Castle in response to an S.O.S. from his uncle Walter Thresby, the famous art collector.");


#534 - BIRNEY, Earle (1904-1995) – TURVEY (A Military Picaresque)  (Canadian/Humor; First Paperback Ed 1st Printing; 1st Impression with NO Ads at End of Book; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover, giving Painted Cover Art effect; Famous Canadian author's only book for Collins; Earle Alfred Birney, OC, FRSC was a distinguished Canadian poet and novelist, who twice won the Governor General's Award, Canada's top literary honor, for his poetry);

#534 - BIRNEY, Earle (1904-1995) - TURVEY (A Military Picaresque)  (Canadian/Humor; First Paperback Ed 1st Printing; 2nd Impression with 33 pages of Ads at End of Book; Uncommon; Line Drawn with Wash Cover, giving Painted Cover Art effect; Famous Canadian author's only book for Collins; Earle Alfred Birney, OC, FRSC was a distinguished Canadian poet and novelist, who twice won the Governor General's Award, Canada's top literary honor, for his poetry);


#535 - CHEYNEY, Peter - Ladies Won't Wait. (Mystery; 1st paperback; Scarce; Top Good Girl Art Painted cover; Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; later USA ed retitled "Cocktails & the Killer"; 2nd novel in Micheal Kells series; Cheyney's last novel.);

#536 - SMITH, Wade - Below the Border (Western; 1st paperback; RARE; line-art cover, a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed));

#537 - DIGBY, George - Goose Features (Non-Fiction; 3rd paperback; Very RARE; reissue on NN#9 & 118);

#538 - MARSHALL, Gary - Hair Trigger (Western; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Painted cover); = SOLD OUT!

#539 - MONTROSE, David - Murder Over Dorval [Canadian Author's 2nd book; Mystery/ Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Extremely RARE number in the White Circle Paperback series; ONLY Printing ever made; Russell Teed series; "Blonde, Brunette or Redhead - Which had committed Murder?"; = SOLD OUT!


#540 - MacLENNAN, Hugh - Two Solitudes (Canadiana/ Mainstream Fiction; 1st paperback, in regular size; preceded by a Trade paperback; Pretty girl with lit cigarette Painted cover by Richards! $0.50 cover price; 320 pages; Famous Canadian author's SECOND but most important book. A very significant novel about French- English duality. Issued in same year as hardcover, but the paperback is MUCH scarcer. (Probably due to the high cover price of 50 cents, for 1946) Famous Canadian author & book. Nice Painted cover of pretty blonde girl with lit cigarette. "A novel of conflict". (White Circle #540); ** Classic Novel set in the last years of World War I and the intervening years thru to World War II in MacLennan's native land. Theme of the Barriers between French and English speaking Canadians, that stretch Centuries back. Love story against an overwhelming Prejudice. The book won the Governor General's Award for Fiction. First Paperback Ed. & 1st Printing! VG muns=$20; G/VG=$16; G=$12);


#541 - CHRISTIE, Agatha - They Came to Baghdad (Mystery/Adventure; 1st paperback; Extremely Rare; Nice Painted Cover; probably precedes Pocketbook #897);

#542 - FRANKLIN, Charles - Maid for Murder (Mystery; 1st paperback; Extremely RARE; Fantastic Good Girl Art "Lingerie" Painted cover!);

#543 - GARNER, Hugh - The Yellow Sweater & Other Stories (Canadiana; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Famous Canadian author of "Cabbagetown"); = SOLD OUT!

##544 - INNES, Hammond - The Angry Mountain (Esoteric/ Adventure; Very Scarce; Probably precedes Bantam = 1058; Nice Painted cover of an angry woman against a fiery-red background! "She was as dangerous as Venuvius itself!");

#545 - WALLACE, Edgar - The Devil Man (Mystery/ Mainstream Fiction; 2nd paperback; Very Scarce; Painted cover preceded by #255, but this edition is much scarer plus has a nicer cover!!; Based onTrue story of Charles Peace the master criminal!);

#546 - (Does not exist);


**** (The following is a listing of all known POST-1942 No-Numbered Collins/ White Circle (of Canada) Books;

( I've assigned letters A thru H for identification );

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NN#A - AITKIN, Kate - Canadian Etiquette for Daily Living (Non-Fiction; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Very Scarce; 1953; line-art cover (a line art cover, with a "wash" effect is still listed); $0.50 cover price; Interior illos Painted cover.);

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NN#B - AITKIN, Kate - It's Fun raising a Family (Non-Fiction; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; 1955; Scarce; $0.50 cover price; Photo front cover; Portions were serialized in Catelaine; 1st Impression = states "a Collins book" on front cover; has "Why I wrote this book" on back cover; 2nd Impression = states "Tamblyn edition" on front cover; back cover is a Tamblyn stories ad for "Lucozade", sparkling glucose drink);

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NN #C - AITKEN, Kate - The New Kate Aitken Cook Book "Good Luck Margarine Ed." (Non-Fiction; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; 1953 Edition; Very Scare; Photo front cover; very- Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; 2/3 New recipes; 1/3 retested/updated; This book was updated in response to the increase in use of Frozen foods & introduction of "Edible oils"; 320 Pages) = SOLD OUT!

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NN #D - AITKEN, Kate - Kate Aitken's Cook Book (Non-Fiction; Numbered as #A1000;Line Art Cover; 1964 Edition; RARE; $1.00 original cover price; Photo of Kate on back cover) SOLD OUT;

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NN #E - AITKEN, Kate - Kate Aitken's Cook Book (Non-Fiction; Numbered as #A1000;Line Art Cover 1975 reissue of a 1964 book; Extremely RARE; $1.50 original cover price; Photo of Kate on back cover) We had one copy, we sold it back in 1988 & have NOT seen another example of THIS 1975 edition since; = SOLD OUT!

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NN #F - AITKEN, Kate - Kate Aitkin's Ogilvie Cookbook (Non Fiction; PBO {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Very Scarce; 1950 Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations; Very- Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; sponsored by Montreal's Ogilvie Flour Mills.); = SOLD OUT!

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NN#G - ROBIN, J.P. - Pocketful of Canada (Canadiana/ Non-fiction/ Mainstream Fiction; PBO ??? {Paperback Original, or TRUE First Edition}; Anthology; Scarce; Woodcut cover; 1948; 32 pages photo's; reissued as #531; all Canadian author's including: B. Hutchinson, E. Birnev, H. MacLennon, V. Massey, G. Campbell, S.Leacock. R. Connor, N. McClung, E.J. Pratt, & more);

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NN#H - DENISON, Merrill - Harvest Triumphant (Canadiana/ Non-Fiction; 1st paperback; 1949; Painted cover; Karsh photo of Denison on back cover! Classic story of Massey-Harris & the revolution of farming methods & equipment! Famous Canadian author. Important book.);

NN#H - LEE, Ronald - Goddm Gypsy (Canadiana/Non-Fiction; RARE; 1973; A Canadian autobiography.);


*** (Another Obscure Series with an "S" Prefix);

#S3 - PARRISH, J.M. & CROSSROAD, John P. (Editors) - New Improved Standard Dictionary (Non-Fiction; Scarce; 1945?; has $0.25 cover price, so was probably distributed in Canada, or it would have a British price on it; printed in Britain, but seemingly consistent in numbering with #S4 which follows, hence this listing);

#S4 - LOWELL, Juliet - Dear Sir (Non-Fiction; 1st paperback; 1945; Extremely RARE;Line Art Cover Scarce in VG or better condition, RARE in FINE or better ; Very Unusual Collins book!; Typewriter size/style Cover with Text only Copy, and no Illustrations inside! Crude but interesting cover of a working girl, tools in hand wearing See- Through Lingerie!! Lists 32 Collins PBK's with descriptions. Strange Red/White/Blue format! "Letters of Ribaldry culled from War Plants/ Draft boards & Government agencies.");


HISTORY of the Vintage Canadian COLLINS WHITE CIRCLE, Mass Market Paperbacks;

(by Douglas W. Sulipa)

Collins is a British publishing company of paperbacks & hardcovers, their paperback were printed in Britain in the early 1940's, & in 1942 they expanded to Canada, opening a separate & distinct line books with a crude graphics motif, like their British parent company. More of their 1942 books were number & in no proper list of the order of issue or what actually exists is known. So I've arranged them in order alphabetically and have assigned a "no Number" or NN number from #1-54 to them. These 54, as far as I can determine, are all existing NN's. None of the 1942 books had illustrated covers, except NN (37B). All others had Text-only covers, mainly being a review of the book inside. They main quite interesting in historic perspective, due to their crude covers & "period" look. Most NN's are RARE today, due to low initial print runs & sales. The book review front covers were an interesting, but doomed marketing experiment. At the same time (in 1942), they coupled this marketing technique with another device. They used 3 different cover motif's, probably in hopes that potential customers, could easily identify their favorite type of book among the others on the shelves. (1) Green/Yellow/Black motif, always in the same standard patterns: most of these are Mystery/Thrillers. (2) Orange & Black motif, in the same standard pattern: contained Humor, Non-Fiction & Canadian authors. (3) Blue/Green/Black motif, in the same standard pattern - only 4 books used this RARE motif, all 4 had green edges & all 4 were Westerns! This color/content motif is almost synonymous today with Penquin paperbacks, but Collins used it too, in their early no-numbered paperbacks!

In 1943, numbering began, with #51. The text-only or "Type" covers began to die out, and very crude line-art began on the covers. Many were a combination of largely text, with small line-art illustrations on the cover. Cover text still usually reviewed the book inside. Throughout their history, almost all White Circle's Had a full page at the front oc the book devoted to a synopsis of the story & a line or 2 about the author. Most also carried the same or similar info on the back cover (the back covers often carried synopsis' of other White Circles).

As far as I can tell, non of the no-numbered issues were reissued as NN's. But, by as early as 1943/44, a few books were reissue, using the same number, with very minor differences, mainly different color edges, etc. This practice of reissuing, continued sporadically, mainly on their best selling books, until about 1949, after which few reissues occured. Later reissues were re-numbered. I've noted all known variations, and have labeled them different "impressions" or IMP's. I've taken a educated quesses on which is the first impression, by examining book and colors, advertising, reorder lists & by looking at surrounding books. Many books appear to be common, but this is often because 3 impressions were issued, giving the appearance of being three time as common as they are. Almost without exception, reissues are scarcer than 1st impressions. some are as much as ten times scarer! I've noted relative scarcity. If the reissue is scarcer than the 1st imp., then the value is about the same. If the reissue has the same scarcity, then the reissue should be about 25 cent less. If the reissue is MUCH scarcer than the 1st imp., then the reissue can be priced 25% to 50% above the 1st imp. since completion's will have an tough time finding an example.

All issues #100-118 are reprints of no-numbered issues. It can be assumed that Collins planned a "100's" prefix number, as a series of reprints, perhaps simply to get numbers on their no-numbered titles, for identification purposes. #100-118 were all printed in 1944 alongside their regular order lists. Issue #100-110 are all very RARE, some of the RAREst issues in the White Circle set! Issue #105 &106 had a 2nd imp., possibly the others did too. In spite of this, they remain very RARE. It can be assumed that Collins was experimenting with #101-110 and issued a very small print run (possibly limited distribution or even for mail order back orders only??!!) Issues #111,112,115-117 are easier to locate (#116 had 2 imp's, 3111,112 &115 had 3 different imp), so they must have raised their print runs a lot on these. Finally, #118 is again very RARE, so we assume they lost confidence, or changed policy on their "100" series of reprints, cutting back to a very low print run & then dropping the practice. They went back to their original practice of making additional impressions under the same issue number. Since they were already on #211 by the end of 1944, they simply carried on that numbering, never bothering to fill in the missing numbers #119-199!!!

Collins from 1942-1944 was managed mainly thru their main office in Britian, hence the "British", "Penquin"-type book look! Sometime in 1943/44, perhaps due to the escalation of the War in Europe, Collins of Canada received more & more autonomy and control of the Canadian White Circle line. This was the beginning of Canada's 1st unique & important paperback company (7 YEARS BEFORE HARLEQUIN)! The rest is History! Signs of change began by late 1944. The new management realized that a "British look" paperback could not long survive in competition with their American Counterparts. Marketing changes were necessary. This new management was likely responsible for eliminating the "100" reprint series, perhaps to avoid the confusion of 2 coexistent numbered series, & the problems that would occur when the reprints hit #199, & most likely to just to install the simple, straightforward method of new imp.'s under the small number. The covers start to improve by late 1944. In 1945, text-only covers are completely dropped in favor of line-art, illustrated covers, with text limited to titles to titles & a strip at the top of the cover. This small strip was a very interesting marketing technique, using "yellow journalism" type quotations! Quotes like "Judy was a lady & her past was shady" appeared, enticing book browsers to buy. As time goes by, these quotes get racier. I've quoted many of these in the index, as I feel they are a very important & collectible footnote to the early history of the paperback. About 95% of statements in quote marks in my index are front cover quotes, the other 5% are back cover quotes I found interesting. As of 1945, all covers had full line-art illustrations, rather than the often tiny illustrations of the earlier books. Virtually all 1943/48 covers and a lot thereafter were drawn by M. Paull!! Paull's art varied in quality & in scope, from crude to experimental to very creative. His covers bring to mind the works of the likes of JONAS & also DELL's abstract or pop-art type cover styles! One of Paull's most interesting trademarks was, whenever a title had a number in it, he would make the numbers large & artistically work them into the cover art, in an abstract of "pop" style, usually very colorful & often with quite striking results. Paull was especially good at cartoonish-style covers, on books such as the Margery Sharp titles, most of which had a good-girl-art look which would hold its own the Playboy magazine cartoons of today! Paull liked to use symbols such as skulls, nooses, ghostly images, shadows, etc. He broke new ground with risque nude, bondage, lingerie, suggestive & other type covers, IN THE MID-1940's years before most companies.

By 1947 the new White Circle management had a good feel the market, as did more exploitive, atmospheric & enticing. The cover quotes continue to get more lurid & sensationalistic. BUT, by far the most important innovation of 1947, was the beginning of the PHOTO COVER appearances! They get a several year jump on most of their US competitions. Not only were they the 1st company to regularly use photo covers, they even went to great lengths to take them. Professional Photographers hired Canadian models. Most of whom posed in bikini's, gowns, etc., CREATING A TOTALLLY NE GENRE OF "PHOTO-GOOD-GIRL-ART-COVERS" (a typical U.S. example of this genre is Diverset's "Reform School Girl" digest!). Photo's wre very professionally composed, often even with special settings. This is RARE in the entire history of paperbacks & must be seen to be fully appreciated! Many photo covers even have wardrobe credits for gowns, etc. supplied for cover poses by fashion companies!! Couple these great photo covers with the sensatinalistic cover quotes & you have a product which led an industry! Collins was a major inspiration to modern books, they were 20-30 years ahead of their time. This is probably White Circles most significant single contribution to paperback history! Their photo/ experimental/ abstract/ exploitive & risque covers were in the forefront of the paperback cover & marketing revolution of the late 1940's & early 1950's!

In 1948, the quality of covers in general continued to improve, Paull started to step aside, letting more new artists do the covers, & although less photo covers appear than in 1947, they for the most part were great. By far the most significant event of 1948 was issue #384, the 1st paperback app. of one of the most important mystery books in history, Mickey Spillane's 1st book - "I, the Jury", two months before the release of Signet #699 in the USA! Issue #384 was one of a few Collins books that had absolutely no USA distribution due to contractual copyright agreements! "Parade of Pleasure" called the Signet "I, the Jury" cover sleazy; the Collins cover is much nicer, more exploitive & more lurid!

Several exploitive were re-issued with new numbers & new, better covers. The management was aware obviously that covers were selling their books. In many instances, the new cover editions are so much more attractive, that they become more desirable & valuable than their 1st printings. Each new cover is like a unique new edition.

1949 saw the last phase of major change at Collins, when their cover policy changes again. Almost overnight all covers become painted covers, only 7 line-art & a mere 2 photo covers appear. The new covers in general, were nice to great, with but a few mediocre ones, a good effort for their first painted cover year. In the pre-1949 years, many covers look like painted covers. What was actually used was a combination of pen/ink and wash, producing a "painted" wash look, many very well executed. Issue #403, one of the few line-art covers of 1949 is arguably their single most exploitive cover, illustrating a book on sea stories! 1950 was the year, the 8 year reign of White Circle started to feel the initial blows of their fledging competitor, Harlequin. Harlequin started in 1949 with nibbles into their market, by 1950 these started to become bites. The question was, could 2 major Canadian companies survive competing with each other AND the American market? Both Collins & Harlequin sold, on a limited basis, to the USA, mainly northern states. Harlequin managed to penetrate deeper into the USE than Collins. By 1950, Collins' print runs were down a bit & the range of their distribution network declined significantly. 1959 saw 5 more photo covers, 1951 saw 6. By 1951 Collins' print runs were down again & many of these books remain RARE today! Harlequin established a battle plan and caught Collins unprepared to break its near-monopoly & lose a share of its market. By this time Collins' people were masters of marketing, & were far better than their new competitors. But, this didn't help, they were not geared to share their market with an able new competitor. 1951 saw perhaps their most consistently great period of cover art, with loads of good-girl-art, violent covers, ets. By 1952, Harlequin had taken to much of Collins' market, & Collins closed down, with only 13 books that year. Most of these had very small print runs & remain quite RARE today. It's difficult to estimate the print runs, but in 1943 one of their back covers claims that they sold 1,500,000 books. 1943 saw 32 Collins books, #51-82 (not even counting many reissues) - thats an average print run of under 47,000 of each. About 20 of these 32 books are relatively easy to get compared to the rest of the Collins set. The 1952 books, though 9 years newer are MUCH scarcer on the average than the 1943 books. Draw your own conclusions on the size of the 1952 print runs! By USA standards, even 100,000 copies is a small print run. After Collins' collapse, Harlequin very quickly took up the slack. The pre-1952 Harlequin remain the scarcest, as less were printed when they competed with Collins (issues #1-150, especially #1-50 which was 1949, Harlequin's 1st year). The 1952 Harlequins are suddenly LESS scarce, and as 1953 sets in, they continue to increase their print runs, explaining their drop in scarcity evident still today.

Collins produced about 5 no numbered books in the period 1945-1950, and 3 more after they creased regular publication of books in 1953-1955. All were non-fiction, most were by the very popular & prolific Canadian woman author, Kate Aitkens. All these NN's remain RARE today, except "Harvest Triumphant", perhaps because most of them were overused, read-to-death & thrown out, or possibly the original owners hold on to them (Cookbooks especially are either kept or overused). One of Kate Aitkens cookbooks had several printings over the years, including my newest example from 1975. Aitkens cookbooks had several printings over the years, including my newest example from 1975. The 1975 Edition is Extremely RARE, probably because it was one of the LAST books they produced. Besides this, the only other newer White Circle book I've heard about, to be printed in Canada post-1955 is "Goddam Gypsy" by Ronald Lee from circa-early 1970's (a Canadian autobiography).

Next to their covers/marketing techniques, White Circle's most important contribution to paperback history is their Mystery paperbacks! the majority of their output was mystery/thriller/spy & other crime-type books. They get the credit for introducing most of the major British & a lot of Canadian talent to the North American market. They also published a lot of 1st paperback edition books by American writers of mysteries & other books. Without White Circle, many many, superb, & award winning books by now famous authors would never have reached us. (Check the notes in the author cross index to see the importance of many writers). Over 95% of Collins' books are 1st North American appearances (we note: "1st paperback"), we aren't sure which ones are "true first appearances anywhere, so we usually only list if they are 1st paperback, until we get further information. The other 5 % are mainly made of re-issues of Collins books that were, 1st paperback's. Collectors of authors as famous & important as Peter Cheyney (see Cheyney writeup in author cross index), must collect the Collins paperbacks to get a 1st paperback edition collection, & with the great covers, especially on the Cheyney books, who would want any other edition?

About 90% of all White Circle paperbacks were printed by Bryant press in Toronto, & probably some in Winnipeg. They were distributed out of Toronto & Winnipeg. Many of the books published by White Circle were also published as hardcovers by Collins. Most hardcovers have extremely un-attractive dust jackets & are much less desirable to collectors than the paperbacks.

One side note, I forgot to mention about the covers, is the fact that virtually all the covers from 1945-1952, except the Westerns, have a woman on them, as the central figure. In my index I note "GGA" to indicate those with "Good-Girl-Art" cover! Two important recurring theme's on covers are: (A) Women in bed! (B) Women Smoking! Women in bed was a risque theme in the conservative 1940's. Women smoking, especially in public was very socially unacceptable at this time, it was a sign of a tramp or a sleazy woman, so the use of this theme on the covers becomes significant! The Women on Tramp or a sleazy woman, so the use of this theme on the covers becomes significant! The women on covers vary from the FEMME FATALE to women smoking, dying, drinking, holding guns at the reader, and to the seductive women, women in bondage, scantily dressed and NUDE women!!

I hope that you are in some way enlightened by this index, I feel that it should play a major role in introducing the paperback collecting one of the RAREst & most valuable paperback series of all time, yet it has been out-collected by over 10-to-1 in favor of Harlequin's. White Circle's potential for collect ability & value are unlimited once the new available copies on the market are gone!!


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