Nicholas Vane (London, UK)
Series dates: 1947-1952
Size: 5″ x 7.5″
A short-lived series from a relatively minor London publisher, the Goldfinch Titles debuted with seven titles in 1947, followed by 5 more in 1948-1949. No more than those 12 titles seem to have been published before the series ended in 1952.
The books in the series seem to be of higher than average quality, with solid binding, illustrations and details not seen in many other reprint series. The price at 8s/6d was higher than many other competing series.
A copy of Trollope’s Barchester Towers was published in the Goldfinch Titles series in 1949. Series jackets are unique to each title, with illustrations from historical sources. The series name and logo is included on the jacket spine. The front jacket flap includes the second (and last) group of titles published in the series. The floating head, wine glass icon and series logo are sprinkled around the jacket, making the design seem a bit overwrought.
The series logo is again included, alone, on the back of the jacket. A list of the initial titles in the series is found on the rear flap.
Black cloth binding with gold lettering.
Endpapers include additional illustrations related to the book.
Half title page with the book title and series colophon.
A brief author bio faces the title page. Once again, the goldfinch colophon.
A nicely detailed copyright page includes the original printing of the title as well as the date of publication in the Goldfinch Titles. A list of other Barchester novels by Trollope, the source of the jacket and book illustrations, type-face and printing details are included on the page.
The rear endpapers repeat the illustrations on the front endpapers.
A 1952 entry in The Bookseller indicates “Nicholas Vane are withdrawing all Goldfinch titles, and are willing to accept booksellers’ stocks in saleable condition, if returned by April 1st.”