Collecting Nancy Drew: Formats 101
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The Case of the Confused Collector? The Mystery of the Mysterious Nancy Drew Formats? The Clue in the Vintage Nancy Drew Book?
Since 1930, when Nancy Drew books debuted on the market,
the books have gone through many printings which included a multitude of format
changes--enough to make the whole matter a real mystery to decipher! Authors like
David Farah, who wrote Farah's Guide, which breaks down the formats and each printing's
formats, have made it a lot easier for us to find the clues to solve our little mystery
of formats. For more information on ordering Farah's Guide
and other sources, visit the
Books About Nancy Drew section. If you would like me
to help identify what you have and give a value estimate, please click
Volume #1, The Secret of the Old Clock, for instance, as David Farah notes in his guide,
has over 116 printings to date. Imagine trying to collect them all! This formats section
is a guide not to each printing and its components like Farah's Guide,
but to each part that
makes up a Nancy Drew book--the dust jackets, the boards, the endpapers, the picture
covers, the internal illustrations, and more. It is truly an anatomy 101 on a
Nancy Drew series book.
Solving the Puzzling Formats Mystery!
Below are the different chapter links to the various formats of your Nancy Drew
collection - The Dust Jacket, The Picture Cover, The Boards, The Endpapers, The Illustrators for Dust Jackets and Picture Covers, The Internal Illustrations, and The Texts & Authors. Hopefully
these will provide the clues to discovering what you have, what you are looking for,
and what you should
know to build your unique collection!
Also, you will find collecting and selling tips--things to look for and avoid when buying and selling. Following that is a quick format guide to the various decades of Nancy Drew to spot what you have quickly. Use the following sections to narrow down further what you have and get an understanding of all the different kinds of formats and styles this series has been produced in.
Currently, I am writing a book which focuses on the mysterious history of Nancy Drew. While this website is a good introduction into the world of Nancy Drew, you will find further analysis in my upcoming book.
Nancy Drew Formats in a Nutshell:
Below you'll find a quick guide to formats--but be sure to check out the above sections to really learn more about what you have and what books come in what formats. You'll also find lots of handy charts and checklists in those sections as well.
White Spine Dust Jacket Format:
Dates: 1930 - 1961
Wrap Spine Dust Jacket Format:
Volumes: 1-9, 11, 23-38
Dates: 1946 - 1961
Matte Yellow Spine Picture Cover (YSPC) Format:
Glossy Flashlight Yellow Spine Picture Cover Format:
Dates: 1986-Present Day
Sources used for the above formatting information include my
own vast research regarding my growing collection, David Farah's 11th Guide regarding information on some of the dates for the various endpapers and authors names, and Betsy Caprio's Girl Sleuth on the Couch for some revised text information--noted in that section above.