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The Hidden Window Mystery

The Hidden Window Mystery, was first published in the regular Nancy Drew® series in 1956.

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. Hidden Window was published in the Cameo format in 1959 along with 5 others from that 1959 set.

The dust jacket featured the art shown at left by Polly Bolian which was also the same art used for the frontispiece. The background of the dust jacket was yellow in color. The covers as shown above were grey and the spine was yellow in color. There was no ribbon holding the Cameo on the spine of the dust jacket. The ribbon holding the Cameo was turquoise and the endpapers featured the same turquoise colored ribbon. The ink-topped pages also were turquoise like the ribbon color. Shown below are the endpapers, the full dust jacket, and an ad for the cameo editions:

There were 8 line drawings throughout the text on two pages each. The text started on page 7 and due to the larger size of the pages the pages do not match up the same with the regular book version. The internal for pages 114-115 was reproduced on the back of the dust jacket. Click on the thumbnails below to view these fine drawings by Polly Bolian:

Pgs 10-11
Pgs 32-33
Pgs 52-53
Pgs 64-65
Pgs 90-91
Pgs 114-115
Pgs 136-137
Pgs 174-175


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