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Availability of Victor Canning's books

Four short sory collections by Victor Canning are in print from the print-on-demand service of Canning's early titles which were previously available through this channel have been withdrawn while Curtis Brown try to find a suitable commercial publisher. There are also twenty titles from Bello, the "modern classics" imprint of Pan Macmillan, available as e-books and as print-on-demand paperbacks.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.  Comedies and whimsies (short stories)—9.95
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.  Italy and the Balkans; short stories—9.95
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.  Crime and Detection; short stories—11.45
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.  The Exotics; short stories—9.50

A collection of Victor Canning short stories which I have edited, including the superb 'Minerva Club' group, has now been released by the US publishers Crippen and Landru. Follow this link to the publishers' site. Other new editions of The Rainbird Pattern, The Whip Hand, The Python Project and of Everyman's England have appeared recently.

A few of Canning's middle-period books are in print in large-print editions, intended mainly for libraries.

In the past I have compiled an annual tally of the number of copies of Victor Canning's books offered for sale by dealers on the ABE network. I shall not do this again since, with the availability of the Lulu and Bello reprints as e-books and p-o-d, the supply of Victor Canning titles has now become in effect infinite.

First editions in good condition remain difficult to find and items to cherish.

Below is a summary of the results of my searches for "Victor Canning" on 15th May 2007 and 20 September 2012. This gave an idea of the relative scarcity of different titles. The total returned was 4666 and 3997 on those days, but that includes translations and a small number of other books written by joint authors whose names include "Victor" and "Canning". The total was 3477 on 12 December 2017, but I hve not tallied individual titles this time. My informal checks suggest that dealers are adding on average ten books by Canning a day to their listings, which implies that about ten a day are being sold since the total stays around the same. Totals for the three Mr. Finchley books include some copies of my modern reprints. Listed for the first time are two of my new collections of short stories, The Minerva Club and Comedies and Whimsies. For the most part these can be obtained far cheaper by buying directly from the publisher (see above).

(Where a book was sold under a different title in the USA, both figures are given. Otherwise British and American editions are amalgamated. I have generally excluded translations.)

Mr Finchley discovers his England (17/32)
US-Mr Finchley's holiday (1/1)
18/33    The dragon tree (89/84)
US-Captives of Mora Island (11/8)
100/92    The Satan sampler 101/73
Polycarp’s progress 9/9    The burning eye 48/33    Fall from grace 85/75
Fly away Paul 1/5    A delivery of Furies 151/136    Boy on platform one (4/6)
US-Memory boy (45/28)
Matthew Silverman 3/1    Black flamingo 84/90    Vanishing point 80/55
Mr Finchley goes to Paris 1/13    The limbo line 162/135    Raven’s wind 48/70
Fountain Inn 1/4    The Scorpio letters 121/113    Birds of a feather 67/54
Mr Finchley takes the road 0/4    The whip hand 193/191    Table number seven 15/17
Green battlefield 4/6    Doubled in diamonds 83/53    Young man on a bicycle 6/9
The chasm 102/89    The python project 164/117    Delay on Turtle 3/6
Panther’s moon 169/126    The melting man 146/130    The runaways 80/82
The golden salamander 108/111    Queen’s pawn 116/104    Flight of the grey goose 61/47
A forest of eyes 48/51    The great affair 77/69    The painted tent 27/32
Venetian bird (43/35)
Bird of Prey (90/79)
133/114    Firecrest 94/58    Smiler trilogy 3/17
House of the seven flies 164/142    The Rainbird pattern 119/98    The crimson chalice (including trilogy) 94/70
Man from the Turkish Slave 51/50    Finger of Saturn 194/152    Circle of the gods 28/25
Castle Minerva (88/66)
US-A handful of silver (63/50)
151/116    The mask of memory 180/129    The immortal wound 14/16
His Bones are coral (8/6)
US-Twist of the knife (16/12)
& The shark run (6/3)
30/21    The Kingsford mark 119/76    Everyman’s England 4/45
The hidden face (61/66)
US-Burden of proof (45/34)
106/100    The doomsday carrier 133/94    The Minerva Club -/12
The Manasco Road (74/66)
US-The forbidden road (8/7)
82/73    Birdcage 80/64    Comedies and Whimsies -/9
The only copies offered of the 'Alan Gould' or 'Julian Forest' books were of the modern reprints (see above). No first editions of these seven books have been offered for several years.

Information compiled by John Higgins, 12 October, 2018.