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The Book of Wit and Humor

Total Issues: 1?

Magazine "devoted to American literary products in every form - fiction, poetry, parady, epigram, drama".

Issues & Index Sources:  1953
Publishers:   Mercury Publications
Editors:   Louis Untermeyer
Formats:   digest
Prices:   35c

Books and Bookmen

Literary review magazine, popularly slanted; ceased publication in the mid-1980s, and was replaced by a slimmer monthly called simply Books (1987 - ) which carried a cover price but seemed to be in the main a bookshop-giveaway.

Issues & Index Sources:  1955 – 198?
Publishers:   London
Frequency:   monthly

Books by Florence Edna May

Total Issues: 4

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1919
Publishers:   J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Books by Horatio Alger, Jr.

Total Issues: 25

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1919
Publishers:   J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Books by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

Total Issues: 14

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1919
Publishers:   J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Books for Men

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  1912: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Street & Smith, 79-89 Seventh Avenue, New York
Formats:   6 4/5" x 4 1/2"
Prices:   15c
Pagecounts:   300-325
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Books for the Bairns

"Stead's Books for the Bairns, begun in March 1896, and issued at the price of a penny, one number per month, with pink, usually pictorial paper covers and profuse illustrations inside, and containing as a rule 64 pages. This series ran till about 1916, after which it was variously continued, revived and reprinted well into the middle of the '20s.

It was quite highbrow in character, anticipating something of the seriousness of the later Children's Encyclopedia. Its aims were frankly and unambiguously educational and edifying, with a strong liberal and protestant bias in keeping with the other activities of its founder, the distinguished reformer W.T. Stead (1849-1912) who went on editing it until he was drowned in the disaster of the Titanic, when his daughter, Estelle, succeeded him. It appealed particularly to high-minded fathers and to schoolmasters.

To begin with it chiefly reproduced classical works suitable for children in abridged and adapted forms, such as Robinson Crusoe, Aesop's Fables, Gulliver's Travels, etc. or it gave simplified (and Whiggified) history and nature study, or even hymns. Only later did this series admit specially written modern fairy stories adapted to the newer ideas of what the child's taste is, or rather what it ought to be. There was even a French edition of Books for the Bairns - Livres de la Rose. Often these little books were employed as regular school text books." (Maurer)

Incorporates: Bairn's Magazine

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1896 – c. 1916
Publishers:   Stead's Publishing House
Editors:   W.T. Stead (1896-1912); Estelle Stead
Prices:   1d
Pagecounts:   68pp; 52pp
Frequency:   monthly (1st of month)

Books in Brief

Total Issues: 16

Contained extracts of "enduring masterpieces".

Issues & Index Sources

  Feb-1937 – May-1938: FictionMags Index

#merges with The Book Digest of Best Sellers


  J.J. White, Chicago


  Richard R. Smith









Border Boys Library

Total Issues: 26

Contains reprints from Nickel Library.

Issues & Index Sources:  11-May-1892 – 2-Nov-1892: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Nickel Liby Co.
Formats:   8½ x 5¾"
Prices:   5c
Pagecounts:   32
Frequency:   Weekly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Border Crossings

Total Issues: 134 (as at Aug-2015)

Canadian magazine of the arts with occasional fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1977 – Aug-1985, as Arts Manitoba
  Sep-1985 – present, as Border Crossings


  500-70 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1G7, Canada (in 2002)


  Meeka Walsh (in 1998 - 2002)



Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)
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Total Issues: 5

Semi-professional magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1984 – Oct-1987: Science Fiction Index
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Total Issues: 11

A small press magazine publishing Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror stories, and associated non-fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-2003 – Apr-2009: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Borderlands Publications, Inc., 6 Florence Road, Nedlands 6009, Western Australia
Editors:   Anthony Burke
Prices:   AU$10.00
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Borderline was a digest-sized magazine, subtitled "the magazine which dares the unknown." Initially it was issued monthly but by the fifth issue, perhaps sooner, it had gone bimonthly. The first issue was dated September 1964, the fifth March 1965, the sixth May 1965, the seventh July 1965, the eighth September 1965, the ninth (v2 #1) November 1965, and the tenth (v2 #2) February 1966. The magazine contained no fiction. It dealt with mysticism and para-psychological phenomena. Topics such as phrenology, prophecy, ESP, ghost hunting, and automatic writing were common. The seventh issue did include a piece by L. Ron Hubbard but, in general, the magazine would be of little interest to even the most ardent collector.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1964 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Sherbourne Press, 7863 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90046
Editors:   Sydney Omarr

Border Series

Total Issues: 6

Also known as Max Stein's Dashaway Dime Novels: Border Series.

Issues & Index Sources:  1900s: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Max Stein & Co., 400-402 Dearborn St., Chicago
Formats:   7 x 4 3/4"
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   50 to 75
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Total Issues: 2

Fanzine featuring articles & features by & about Canadian authors & artists.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1978 – Spring 1979
Publishers:   Northern Star Press, Halifax
Editors:   John Bell & Alain Chabot

Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery

see under Story Digest Magazine

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