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The Sleuth Shop: Vintage Boys' Series Books

A Sleuth just isn't a Sleuth without a little mysterious reading material!

UPDATED: May 7, 2017 - Always updating with new books!

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Vintage Boys' Series Books For Sale:

Abbreviations FYI: Eps=endpapers, DJ=dust jacket, PC=picture cover, PB=paperback, HC: hardcover, OOP: Out of Print, OT=Original Text, RT=Revised Text, BCE=Book Club Edition

There is only 1 copy of each book shown below (unless otherwise noted), so do not enter a quantity of more than 1 when purchasing! Click on the thumbnail images below for larger pictures.


ITEM: DESCRIPTION: ADD TO CART:
ITEM 61 - Bomba The Jungle Boy at the Giant Cataract

BOMBA THE JUNGLE BOY at the GIANT CATARACT, 1926.

DJ lists to Among the Pygmies on the flap and inside back. Author's copy. Missing the front right endpaper. Has glossy frontispiece. Small dent in the paper inside through page 1.

ON SALE ONLY THROUGH JULY 1, 2017 - Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Stratemeyer Syndicate history? The Syndicate that created and produced and in many cases wrote your favorite series books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins and many more? Now's your chance! Former Stratemeyer Syndicate partner, Nancy Axelrad, has decided to part with this collectible book. Above, is an image of a letter of provenance signed by Nancy Axelrad attesting to the item and its history.Nancy was a partner in the Syndicate and partners, employees and Stratemeyer family all kept mementos and some of their own items/books before they sold the business to Simon & Schuster.

NSABOMBA $30.00

ITEM 62 - Ted Scott - Over the Ocean to Paris

TED SCOTT FLYING STORIES by Franklin W. Dixon, Grosset & Dunlap, red clothbound stained. 1927, later printing.

Book has library markings, Central School Library in Great Meadows, NJ. Acquired. Tear/crack to the glossy frontispiece. Inside back lists to Over the Jungle Trails. Page 117 has dog ear. Cover has some soil/moisture type marks.

ON SALE ONLY THROUGH JULY 1, 2017 - Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Stratemeyer Syndicate history? The Syndicate that created and produced and in many cases wrote your favorite series books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins and many more? Now's your chance! Former Stratemeyer Syndicate partner, Nancy Axelrad, has decided to part with this collectible book. Above, is an image of a letter of provenance signed by Nancy Axelrad attesting to the item and its history.Nancy was a partner in the Syndicate and partners, employees and Stratemeyer family all kept mementos and some of their own items/books before they sold the business to Simon & Schuster.

NSATEDS $15.00

ITEM 66 - Richard Dare's Venture

BOUND TO SUCCEED SERIES by Edward Stratemeyer, Lee and Shepard Publishers (orig. The Merriam Company), red clothbound, reprint - RICHARD DARE’S VENTURE, 1901.

Hole on the front by the spine and back by the spine. Acquired book. Cracking eps and front coming loose inside. Back inside lists to Alaska for Gold.

ON SALE ONLY THROUGH JULY 1, 2017 - Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Stratemeyer Syndicate history? The Syndicate that created and produced and in many cases wrote your favorite series books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins and many more? Now's your chance! Former Stratemeyer Syndicate partner, Nancy Axelrad, has decided to part with this collectible book. Above, is an image of a letter of provenance signed by Nancy Axelrad attesting to the item and its history.Nancy was a partner in the Syndicate and partners, employees and Stratemeyer family all kept mementos and some of their own items/books before they sold the business to Simon & Schuster.

NSARICHD $15.00

Lot of 2 in the SHIP AND SHORE SERIES by Edward Stratemeyer.

Lee and Shepard Publishers, green clothbound, reprint - TRUE TO HIMSELF, 1901 (orig. Frank A. Munsey). Acquired. Crack at page 150-151. Cocked. No ads in back. Front lists 3 to True to Himself.

Lee and Shepard Publishers, green clothbound, reprint - REUBEN STONE’S DISCOVERY, 1900 (orig. The Merriam Company). Acquired. Page 182-183 illustration almost loose. Page 16-17 cracking. Page 256-257 loose. Back lists to True to Himself. Lee & Shepard edition.

ON SALE ONLY THROUGH JULY 1, 2017 - Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Stratemeyer Syndicate history? The Syndicate that created and produced and in many cases wrote your favorite series books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins and many more? Now's your chance! Former Stratemeyer Syndicate partner, Nancy Axelrad, has decided to part with this collectible book. Above, is an image of a letter of provenance signed by Nancy Axelrad attesting to the item and its history.Nancy was a partner in the Syndicate and partners, employees and Stratemeyer family all kept mementos and some of their own items/books before they sold the business to Simon & Schuster.

NSASHIPSHORESET $30.00

Lot of 11 Sunny Boy Series Books

SUNNY BOY IN THE COUNTRY, 1920. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. No DJ. Lots of soil, marks, page soil. Acquired. Inscription to John from Grandma. Cocked.

SUNNY BOY AT THE SEASHORE, DJ tattered edge, 1920. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Inscription inside from Grandma to John. DJ has tear across front - mark on book in same spot. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Back of DJ has ear and pencil marks. Soil/aging to DJ.

SUNNY BOY IN THE BIG CITY, DJ tattered top spine, 1920. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. Penciled price. Moisture on edge of book on front/top edge of front. No moisture to pages.

SUNNY BOY IN SCHOOL AND OUT, DJ tattered top spine, 1921. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. Pencil marks/moisture droplet marks on DJ. Moisture marks on cover/back cover. No moisture to pages. Penciled price. Closed page edges have some spots.

SUNNY BOY AND HIS GAMES, DJ tattered edge), 1923. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. Couple pencil marks. Penciled price. Soil on pages/edges.

SUNNY BOY IN THE FAR WEST, 1924. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Penciled price inside. Book has soil

SUNNY BOY WITH THE CIRCUS, DJ tattered edge, 1926. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. More wear at spine ends/chips and on back. Inscription to John from Grandma. Page/edge soil.

SUNNY BOY IN THE SNOW, DJ tattered edge, 1928. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. Soil on flaps, soil spots, pencil marks - chips to top of spine of DJ. Penciled price. Closed page edge soil.

SUNNY BOY AT WILLOW FARM, DJ some discoloration only, 1929. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. Red marks at edge of DJ - like print/ink marks in printing? See image. Crease/tear spot to back of DJ. Penciled price.

SUNNY BOY AND HIS CAVE, DJ tattered, 1930. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. Penciled price inside book. Soiling to pages/edges. Large chunk of DJ spine at bottom has come loose but is present.

SUNNY BOY AT RAINBOW LAKE, DJ some discoloration only, 1931. Sunny Boy by Ramy Allison White, Grosset & Dunlap (orig. Barse & Co.), orange hardcovers, reprint. Glossy frontispiece and plain paper illustrations within the story. Acquired. Flap lists to self - At Rainbow Lake. Soil/aging to DJ. Book has moisture marks on front edge and back edge of covers. No moisture to pages inside. Lists inside back to Bobbsey Twins at the Circus. Penciled price inside.

ON SALE ONLY THROUGH JULY 1, 2017 - Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Stratemeyer Syndicate history? The Syndicate that created and produced and in many cases wrote your favorite series books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins and many more? Now's your chance! Former Stratemeyer Syndicate partner, Nancy Axelrad, has decided to part with this collectible book. Above, is an image of a letter of provenance signed by Nancy Axelrad attesting to the item and its history.Nancy was a partner in the Syndicate and partners, employees and Stratemeyer family all kept mementos and some of their own items/books before they sold the business to Simon & Schuster.

NSASUNNY $165.00

Lot of 5 Make-Believe Stories by Laura Lee Hope

THE STORY OF A SAWDUST DOLL, DJ tattered edge, 1920. THE MAKE-BELIEVE STORIES by Laura Lee Hope, Grosset & Dunlap, blue hardcover. Acquired. 4 glossy illustrations. Lists to stuffed elephant on the DJ flap and inside back. Has glossy frontispiece/and glossy internals.

THE STORY OF A WHITE ROCKING HORSE, DJ tattered edge & spine, 1920. THE MAKE-BELIEVE STORIES by Laura Lee Hope, Grosset & Dunlap, blue hardcover. Acquired. Tape repair on the DJ, lots of spine wear. 4 glossy illustrations. Lists to Stuffed Elephant on the DJ flap and inside back. Has glossy frontispiece/and glossy internals.

THE STORY OF A LAMB ON WHEELS, DJ tattered edge & spine, 1920. THE MAKE-BELIEVE STORIES by Laura Lee Hope, Grosset & Dunlap, blue hardcover. Acquired. Lists to Stuffed Elephant on the DJ flap. Has glossy frontispiece/and glossy internals.

THE STORY OF A CALICO CLOWN, DJ tattered edge & spine, 1920. THE MAKE-BELIEVE STORIES by Laura Lee Hope, Grosset & Dunlap, blue hardcover. Acquired. Pencil marks on the DJ. Bottom closed page edges have pencil marks. Lists to Stuffed Elephant on the DJ flap. Has glossy frontispiece/and glossy internals.

THE STORY OF A CALICO CLOWN, 1920. THE MAKE-BELIEVE STORIES by Laura Lee Hope, Grosset & Dunlap, blue hardcover. No DJ. Pencil marks on page 82. Has glossy frontispiece/and glossy internals.

ON SALE ONLY THROUGH JULY 1, 2017 - Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Stratemeyer Syndicate history? The Syndicate that created and produced and in many cases wrote your favorite series books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins and many more? Now's your chance! Former Stratemeyer Syndicate partner, Nancy Axelrad, has decided to part with this collectible book. Above, is an image of a letter of provenance signed by Nancy Axelrad attesting to the item and its history.Nancy was a partner in the Syndicate and partners, employees and Stratemeyer family all kept mementos and some of their own items/books before they sold the business to Simon & Schuster.

NSAMAKEB $75.00

Lot of 4 Horatio Alger Jr. Books - Ragged Dick
Series

FAME AND FORTUNE, 1896. No DJ. Has a "My Soldier" stamp inside on the front endpaper - a save/buy war stamps stamp advert - an impression/some residue from this stamp is mirrored on the right front endpaper. Has a glossy frontispiece and a bound-in tissue paper over the title page. There are illustrations inside the book. Boards all have some soil/aging spots. Throughout the book, there's a slight pull in the binding in spots but no major separation. Cocked. Soil inside.

MARK THE MATCH BOY, 1897. No DJ. Has a "My Soldier" stamp inside on the front endpaper - a save/buy war stamps stamp advert - an impression/some residue from this stamp is mirrored on the right front endpaper. Has a glossy frontispiece and a bound-in tissue paper over the title page. There are illustrations inside the book. Boards all have some soil/aging spots. Top page edges near back--few pages have nicks in one spot. Soil. Cocked. Eps cracking a front.

BEN THE LUGGAGE BOY, 1898. No DJ. Has a "My Soldier" stamp inside on the front endpaper - a save/buy war stamps stamp advert - an impression/some residue from this stamp is mirrored on the right front endpaper. Has a glossy frontispiece and a bound-in tissue paper over the title page. There are illustrations inside the book. Boards all have some soil/aging spots. Throughout the book, there's a slight pull in the binding in spots but no major separation. Cocked. Mark up/down on the right edge of the cover. Small white spot on back cover.

RUFUS AND ROSE, 1898. No DJ. Has a "My Soldier" stamp inside on the front endpaper - a save/buy war stamps stamp advert - an impression/some residue from this stamp is mirrored on the right front endpaper. Has a glossy frontispiece and a bound-in tissue paper over the title page. There are illustrations inside the book. Boards all have some soil/aging spots. Throughout the book, there's a slight pull in the binding in spots but no major separation. Cocked. Cover spots more pronounced on this volume.

These Horatio Alger books were part of Nancy Axelrad's personal library in New Jersey. She and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams were awarded lifetime memberships in the Horatio Alger Society.

ON SALE ONLY THROUGH JULY 1, 2017 - Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Stratemeyer Syndicate history? The Syndicate that created and produced and in many cases wrote your favorite series books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins and many more? Now's your chance! Former Stratemeyer Syndicate partner, Nancy Axelrad, has decided to part with this collectible book. Above, is an image of a letter of provenance signed by Nancy Axelrad attesting to the item and its history.Nancy was a partner in the Syndicate and partners, employees and Stratemeyer family all kept mementos and some of their own items/books before they sold the business to Simon & Schuster.

NSAALGER $75.00

SOLD!
Hardy Boys The Jungle Pyramid #56 by Franklin W. Dixon. Lists to Witchmaster's Key on back and then the Hardy Boys Detective Handbook. Has price on back of 2.50. Order form inside back lists to itself. Book has very mild edge/corner wear, cover crease, no writing inside, binding good.
HB56PC $10.00
Hardy Boys - The Pentagon Spy A Wanderer hardcover with dust jacket--featuring original art for this title. Former library book with usual wear/tear/markings. Cover rip repaired with tape. Inside has all the usual markings/card info. DJ taped to book. Fair shape.
HB61 $4.00
Hardy Boys - Extreme Danger Part of the Undercover Brothers series--#1 in the series. Paperback with little wear, overall very good shape. First Printing! Copyright 2005.
HBUB1 $7.00
Young Readers Mystery Stories by Charles Coombs. Dust jacket has some wear to edges/ends of spine and some soiling/aging. Overall fine.

Book is in pretty good shape too with mild wear. Penciled price inside. Old stationer store sticker inside. Soil/aging. Overall good.
YRMS $15.00

Tom Swift and The Asteroid Pirates. A Tom Swift picture cover - lists to #20 Megascope Space Prober on back. Victor Appleton II. Copyright is 1963. Has edgewear and some soil inside back on several pages. Spine leans a little bit. Overall fine. Possible first printing--lists to 1 title before it on back.
14TS21PC $15.00
Tom Swift and His Jetmarine. A Tom Swift Tempo paperback, 1st printing. Victor Appleton II. Latest copyright is 1977. Has edgewear and aging pages. Some page edge wear near beginning. Overall ok.
TSJET $2.00
Tom Swift and The City of Gold. A Tom Swift Tempo paperback, 1st printing. Victor Appleton II. Copyright is 1960, this is a 1972 edition. Has edge/spine wear and some creasing--and aging pages. Overall fine.
TSGOLD $2.00
Chip Hilton: Touchdown Pass by Clair Bee. Dust jacket has wear--edge ruffling/small tears, chips, tear on dust jacket at top of spine across, tear on back of dust jacket, creasing. Overall fair to ok. Book is in good shape, mild wear/rubbing. Name inside in pencil. Lists to No-Hitter on back of dj, synopsis of this book on front flap, back flap is Bronc Burnett Legion Tourney synopsis.
CHTOUCHDOWN $5.00
Three Investigators: The Mystery of the Nervous Lion. #16. By Nick West. Random House Hitchcock silhouette paperback. Has edgewear and cover wear, creasing. Penciled price inside and two star stickers--bookmark missing but rest of insert page still there. Pages aging. Overall fair.
3IPB16 $2.00
Three Investigators: The Mystery of Monster Mountain. #20. By M.V. Carey. Random House keyhole paperback. Has edgewear and cover wear, creasing. Pages aging inside. Overall ok.
3IPB20 $2.00
Three Investigators: The Mystery of the Singing Serpent by M.V. Carey. (SHOWN WITH ANOTHER BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BELOW) Random House Hitchcock Silhouette paperback. Has some edgwear and cover creasing. Pages aging. Name written inside. Copyright is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0. Overall fine.
3IPB17 $3.50
Three Investigators: The Mystery of The Invisible Dog. (SHOWN WITH ANOTHER BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ABOVE) #23. By M.V. Carey. Random House keyhole paperback. Has some edgewear and cover wear, mild creasing. First page inside has an edge tear. Name inside. Pages aging inside. Overall good shape!
3IPB23 $5.00
Three Investigators: #16 The Mystery of the Nervous Lion. Random House Hitchcock Silhouette paperback. BOOKMARK! There is a neat bookmark/Three Investigators Mystery Quiz insert still intact inside the front cover! Very neat in and of itself. Has edgewear and cover wear, creasing--cover rub. Pages aging inside. Overall ok shape, bookmark in good shape.
3IPB16 $12.50
Three Investigators: #20 The Mystery of Monster Mountain. Random House Hitchcock Silhouette paperback. Has edgewear and cover wear, creasing. Pages aging inside. Overall good.
3IPB20 $3.75
Three Investigators: #26 The Mystery of the Headless Horse. (SHOWN WITH ANOTHER BOOK NO LONGER FOR SALE) Random House Hitchcock Silhouette paperback. 2nd printing of this format: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 sequence on copyright page. BOOKMARK! There is a neat bookmark/Three Investigators Mystery Quiz insert still intact inside the front cover! Very neat in and of itself. Has edgewear and cover wear, creasing. Pages aging inside. Overall fair, bookmark in good shape. 3IPB26 $12.75
The Mystery of the Talking Skull. Random House paperback--has Hitchcock silhouette on the spine. Has wear, rubbing, creasing. Pages aging, mild soil. Overall ok.
3IPB1011 $2.00
The Case of the Waltzing Mouse #5. Brains Benton book. By George Wyatt. A Whitman book. Picture cover. Some edgewear and rubbing to extremities--spine ends, corner bumping. Remnant of price sticker on front cover. Copyright MCMLXI. Pages aging, no writing inside, binding fine. Overall good.
BB5 $2.00
Renfrew Rides Again by Laurie York Erskine, a story of the Royal Canadian Mounties. DJ protected in Mylar--glare shows in the photos from that. DJ has some edge/spine wear/tears/chips. Some soil/aging. Front flap is price clipped. Back of DJ lists to Renfrew's Long Trail. Boards have mild edge/corner wear. Inside endpapers and closed page edges have ink-stamp from the "Swap Shop" in Minnesota. Copyright 1927. Pencil price inside. Overall good.
16BSRENRIDES $10.00
Renfrew Rides the Sky by Laurie York Erskine, a story of the Royal Canadian Mounties. DJ protected in Mylar--glare shows in the photos from that. DJ has some edge/spine wear/tears/chips. Spine is fading as is front edge of front of DJ. Some soil/aging. Front flap is price clipped. Back of DJ lists to Renfrew's Long Trail. Boards have edge/corner wear. Copyright 1928. Pencil price inside. Overall good.
16BSRENSKY $10.00
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - a Landmark book from Random House. By Ricchard L. Neuberger. Illustrated by Lee J. Ames. DJ protected in Mylar--glare shows in the photos from that. DJ has some edge/spine wear/tears/chips. Some soil/aging. Front flap is price clipped. Boards have edge/corner wear. Front free endpaper has piece of top edge torn off--like a name or price may have been taken out. Copyright 1953. Notes it is a 5th printing. Pencil price inside. Page edges have some soil. Overall good.
16BSMOUNTIE $10.00
Dale of the Mounted - Atlantic Assignment by Joe Holliday. Pennington Press. DJ protected in Mylar--glare shows in the photos from that. DJ has some edge/spine wear/tears/chips. Some soil/aging. Front flap has black dot sticker in top right corner. Boards have edge/corner wear. Copyright 1959. Pencil price inside. Overall good.
16BSDALE $10.00


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