The Clue of the Velvet Mask,
was first published in the regular Nancy Drew format--blue tweed boards and wrap dust jacket--in
1953. It was written by
Mildred Wirt Benson, who had written 22 of the previous Nancy Drew
books. Velvet Mask was her 23rd and the last volume she wrote for this series.
In 1959, the Nancy Drew Readers Club premiered and its promotional volume was Velvet Mask.
Since it was the promotional volume it is more widely available than the other 12 cameo editions.
It only cost club members 10¢, while other volumes each month would be $1.49 each.
The dust jacket featured the art shown at left which was also the same art used for the
frontispiece. The background color of the dust jacket was blue. The covers as shown above were grey
and the spine was greenish-blue in color. The ribbon holding the Cameo was turquoise and the
endpapers featured the same turquoise colored ribbon. The ink-topped pages were turquoise in
color to match the ribbon. Shown below are the endpapers and an ad
that this volume was featured in: