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Nancy Drew Book Club Picture Covers

Circa 1962, the yellow spine picture covers were also issued as book club editions. As shown above with volume 27, The Secret of the Wooden Lady, the back cover was solid yellow with no images or title lists and the spine had no volume number. Inside it was noted as a book club edition. Another identifying feature is that the top closed page edges were not inked, they were plain. Only the first 32 volumes were issued as book club editions and the higher numbered volumes are much harder to find than the lower numbered volumes. All the editions were the original texts except for volumes 1-4, 6, and 7 which were the revised texts. Volume 32, The Scarlet Slipper Mystery, is the hardest to find. Volume 11, The Clue in the Broken Locket, is also a nice find--not only as a book club edition but especially as it features the harder to find third cover art featuring the pipe smoking man. Both are shown below.

Volumes that were issued as yellow spine picture book club editions:

  • 1 The Secret of the Old Clock 1959
  • 2 The Hidden Staircase 1959
  • 3 The Bungalow Mystery 1960
  • 4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn 1961
  • 5 The Secret at Shadow Ranch 1931
  • 6 The Secret of Red Gate Farm 1961
  • 7 The Clue in the Diary 1962
  • 8 Nancy's Mysterious Letter 1932
  • 9 The Sign of the Twisted Candles 1933
  • 10 The Password to Larkspur Lane 1933
  • 11 The Clue of the Broken Locket 1934
  • 12 The Message in the Hollow Oak 1935
  • 13 The Mystery of the Ivory Charm 1936
  • 14 The Whispering Statue 1937
  • 15 The Haunted Bridge 1937
  • 16 The Clue of the Tapping Heels 1939
  • 17 The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk 1940
  • 18 The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion 1941
  • 19 The Quest of the Missing Map 1942
  • 20 The Clue in the Jewel Box 1943
  • 21 The Secret in the Old Attic 1944
  • 22 The Clue in the Crumbling Wall 1945
  • 23 The Mystery of the Tolling Bell 1946
  • 24 The Clue in the Old Album 1947
  • 25 The Ghost of Blackwood Hall 1948
  • 26 The Clue of the Leaning Chimney 1949
  • 27 The Secret of the Wooden lady 1950
  • 28 The Clue of the Black Keys 1951
  • 29 The Mystery at the Ski Jump 1952
  • 30 The Clue of the Velvet Mask 1953
  • 31 The Ringmaster's Secret 1953
  • 32 The Scarlet Slipper Mystery 1954

If anyone has any memorabilia from the book club editions such as advertisements, membership cards, etc., I would love to hear more about it. E-mail me here.

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