This page lists all the variations and errors I have found during my collecting of the New Canadian Library. As I find them I will add them. As this page grows, I will organize the information into more precise categories. Here is what I have discovered so far.
In Series One Main Books I found two different covers for Such Is My Beloved:
In the Series One “O” books, I found two different front covers for Poets of the Confederation:
In Series Two, some of the titles have a variant where the lettering is different. Also the back cover looks similar to the front rather than having a portrait drawing of the author. These variants seems to have been published at an earlier date than their more easily found later editions, therefore it is not to presumptuous to guess that they were the first entries when the books changed cover design from Series One. Below are all of the titles I have found of this type with their more popular covers beside for comparison.
Here is a cover the same as the ones above but I haven’t been able to find the more common cover as of yet. When I do I will add it and the image below to the three sets above.
Here are examples of another Series Two variation that is similar to the above examples but with the design reversed for the author’s name and book title both on the front cover and spine. You will also see that white was used instead of black for the spine lettering and the numerical identification on the top of the front cover:
I would like to thank Cameron Anstee for sending me The Second Scroll image above and pointing out to me its existence.
Here is a Series Two/Series Three Hybrid. When M&S changed printers from T.H. Best (Series Two) to Webcom (Series Three), Webcom printed some of the last Series Two books which had elements of the Series Three design, especially on the spine. We must assume that the NCL Series Three design was still being finalized at the time of the printing of this book:
Around the time that Series Two was issued there was this variant that looked like the NCL’s attempt at making their cover design look like the Penguin Classics of the same period. The Penguins cover design was dominated by the colour of black. This NCL variant copies that idea:
Here is a tie-in to a play called The Wonderful World of Sarah Binks starring Eric Donkin. The NCL book shows an image of Donkin in his role as Miss Rosalind Drool, a Sarah Binks enthusiast. This book has no indication that it is a NCL book on the cover or spine, it’s when you check the title page inside that you see it is an NCL book. I would like to thank Stephen Novik for informing me of the existence of this book.
If we move over to Series Three, I found two different front covers for a single book. In Series Three, the editors decided to create a set of “classics” within the regular series. They would look slightly different than the regular books in that the book title would be in gold rather than in various other colours. Also the ticker tape that runs across the top center of the front cover would be a bit larger, in gold rather than black, and state New Canadian Library Classic rather than just New Canadian Library. Here are the two front covers I found:
In Series One I found an error in numbering. Sunshine Sketches of Little Town by Stephen Leacock is numbered 15 in the series yet I found it as number 13 in the book below:
In Series Three I found an error in numbering for Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers. It’s numbered 153 in the library but my copy has it numbered at 158:
Also in Series Three is a numbering error for Lord Nelson Tavern by Ray Smith. It is numbered 158 in the library but my copy has it at 53: