Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Last Harlequin (sort of)

Harlequin Enterprises has published (I'm guessing) somewhere between 12000 and 20000 books since 1949, all but 380 romance. The last non-romance Harlequin, Never a Day So Bright by Kate Aitken, was published in October 1963. It was originally published in 1956 by Longmans Green of Toronto. This is the only Harlequin by Kate Aitken but Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd published a number of her books in the 40s and 50s.

This is one of the very few illustrated Harlequins with drawings from the original edition by one of the legends in Canadian design and publishing - Frank Newfeld. Mr Newfeld is the only link I know of between Kate Aitken and Leonard Cohen.

Harlequin 768 - October 1963

Harlequin 768 back

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