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The Sleuth Shop: Vintage Girls' Series Books

Like Nancy Drew® Books? Check out these neat girls' series books!

UPDATED: MAY 6, 2017--Check back often, always adding new books!

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Vintage Girls' 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, 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:

Bobbsey Twins - Adventure in the Country Book & Manuscript Set

#2 Adventure in the Country, 1989.

Top corner bumping. Copyright page lists D E F G H I J.

Manuscript Folder includes: Chapter Outline, Title page of manus free of edits - unsigned Contents Page, Manuscript - free of edits, Manuscript - with edits, Business Correspondence - letter Marc Gave Sr. Editor Putnam/Grosset to NSA 3-30-88, Title page of a manuscript with edits signed by Nancy Axelrad, Contents page of a manuscript with edits, Index.

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.

NSABTCNTRY $175.00

Bobbsey Twins - Mystery at School Book & Manuscript Set

4) Mystery at School, 1989. Top corner bumping and a soil/mark spot on top of the spine. Copyright page lists A B C D E F G H I J.

Manuscript folder includes: Chapter Outline - 2 of these, Title page manus free of edits, unsigned, Content Page, Manuscript - free of edits, Manuscript - with edits, Title page of a manuscript with edits signed by Nancy Axelrad, Contents page of a manuscript with edits, Index.

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.

NSABTSCHOOL $145.00

Bobbsey Twins - Adventure in Washington Book & Manuscript Set

#12 Adventure in Washington, 1991. Top corner bumping. Copyright page lists A B C D E F G H I J.

Manuscript folder includes: Chapter Outline, Title page - signed by Nancy Axelrad Contents Page, Manuscript - free of edits, Outline, 2nd folder of stuff - has another contents page/manuscript copy.

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.

NSABTWASH $145.00

Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony

Bunny Brown by Laura Lee Hope, Grosset & Dunlap, green clothbound DJ with clear mylar wrap. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE AND THEIR SHETLAND PONY, 1918, Harriet Adamsí office.

Author's copy but has price inside on endpaper. Tear on back of DJ. Soil/water spot on the spine to the front flap edge. Flap lists to Berry Hill and back to Sky Top. Thelma Gooch illustrated inside. Internal at page 84-85 is starting to come loose.

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.

NSABUN $20.00

Honey Bunch - Set of 8 Books

Her First Little Circus: Honey Bunch by Helen Louise Thorndyke, Grosset & Dunlap, red clothbound DJ with clear mylar wrap. HONEY BUNCH: HER FIRST LITTLE CIRCUS, 1936, Harriet Adamsí office. Acquired. Flap lists to Twin Playmates. Pencil checks on the DJ flaps and a "2" on the spine. Spine cocked. Pages have aged.

Honey Bunch and Norman, 1957, later printing. DJ - tape/tears/soil. Front flap=synopsis. Back flap=The Paper Lantern Mystery. Penciled price in book. Book inside lists to Painted Pony. Crackline forming at endpapers. Cocked. Acquired.

Honey Bunch and Norman ON LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND (previously published as Honey Bunch: Her First Trip to a Lighthouse), 1949, later printing. DJ - tears/price sticker tear on front. Hole on front of DJ over one child's face. Soil/spine wear at ends. Front flap=synopsis. Back flap=Beaver Lodge. Book has penciled price and name written twice. Cocked. Acquired.

Honey Bunch and Norman TOUR TOY TOWN, 1951, later printing. DJ - wear/tear and soil/tape with chips and tears along front flap. Front flap=synopsis. Back flap=Pine Cove Mystery. Book has tape residue on endpapers and name on 3 pages. Penciled price. Cocked. Acquired.

Honey Bunch and Norman PLAY DETECTIVE AT NIAGARA FALLS, 1957, later printing. Dj - chip at top front, tear on front at bottom. Soil. Front flap=price clipped w/ synopsis. Back flap=Paper Lantern Mystery. Book has price inside. Acquired.

Honey Bunch and Norman PLAY DETECTIVE AT NIAGARA FALLS, 1957, later printing. DJ - has soiling on cover especially. Front flap=price clipped w/ synopsis. Back flap=Paper Lantern Mystery. Book has penciled price. Eps have crack line forming. Bottom closed page edges have marks. Acquired.

Honey Bunch and Norman RIDE WITH THE SKY MAILMAN, 1958. DJ - major chip/chunk gone, wear/tear/soil. Front flap=synopsis. Back flap=In the Castle of Magic. Book has crackline forming at endpapers, penciled price. Acquired.

Honey Bunch and Norman TOUR TOY TOWN, 1951, later printing. Book has soil/wear/tear to edges. Endpaper crack lines forming. Inside lists to Beaver Lodge. Back cover lists to In The Castle of Magic. Cocked. Penciled price inside. Acquired.

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.

NSAHBUNCH $130.00

The Shadow Stone by Mildred A. Wirt, the original Carolyn Keene of the Nancy Drew series. Dust jacket is protected in Mylar which shows some glare from the scanner in the image. Dust jacket shows lots of wear to edges/spine ends--extremities--please see images for more detail. Lists to itself on the front flap.

Book has some edgewear, soil. Missing right front endpaper. Glossy frontispiece. Overall ok.

(**BONUS: Used in the opening montage scene for the new Warner Brothers Nancy Drew movie! Inside is the tag used to ID the book as mine for the large collection of books they assembled from various sources. I will include a little certificate attesting to the fact that this book was used from my collection in the opening book sequence.)

14MWBWBSS $125.00

Connie Carl at Rainbow Ranch by Mildred A. Wirt, the original Carolyn Keene of the Nancy Drew series. Book has some edgewear/corner bumping. Overall good. Goldsmith edition.

(**BONUS: Used in the opening montage scene for the new Warner Brothers Nancy Drew movie! Inside is the tag used to ID the book as mine for the large collection of books they assembled from various sources. I will include a little certificate attesting to the fact that this book was used from my collection in the opening book sequence.)

14MWBCC $35.00

The Brownie Scouts at Silver Beach by Mildred A. Wirt, the original Carolyn Keene of the Nancy Drew series. Cupples & Leon publisher. Copyright is 1952. Lists to Windmill Farm on the front flap. DJ has some edge/spine wear and small tears/chips. Book has some edge/corner wear and nice bright boards. Inscription inside, "To Linda from Aunt Dot and Uncle Fred at Christmas, 1960." Don't Aunt Dot and Uncle Fred sound like series book characters?!

16MWBBSSB $15.00

Penny Nichols and the Mystery of the Lost Key by Joan Clark a.k.a. Mildred A. Wirt, the original Carolyn Keene of the Nancy Drew series. Copyright 1936. Published by Goldsmith. DJ in Mylar - shows glare on the photo. Spine is cocked. DJ has some edge/spine wear and tear--some chips. Some soil/aging. Name/date inside - "Kathryn Lea Schaefer" dated Nov. 29, 1940. Pages aged. Boards have some edge/spine wear--dent along back top cover.

16MWBPNKEY $15.00

Honey Bunch Her First Little Garden by Helen Louise Thorndyke. DJ in Mylar and some glare shows in the photos from that. DJ has edge/spine wear and some chips and some soil/aging. Lists on front flap to Her First Twin Playmates. Book has some edgewear, but overall fine. Pages aged inside. Inscription from 1943, "To Marie, From Mother & Dad, Christmas 1943." Then Marie signed her name twice in front/back in very tiny script - appears to be "Marie Schubert." Overall book/DJ good shape.

16HBBK $15.00

The Campfire Girls Go Motoring by Hildegard G. Frey. Published by A.L. Burt & Company. Copyright 1916. Dust jacket has some edgewear/spine wear and chips/tears, soiling--stain to spine, might be moisture stain. Boards also have the same stain where the DJ has it--likely moisture. Doesn't have a bad smell though and pages are fine, has the sort of old book smell that collectors like. Boards have edge/spine wear, some soil. Penciled price inside. Lists to itself in the back in a series of advertising pages including one for this series. Spine is cocked. Glossy frontispiece. Front flap of the DJ is blank with no advertising and lists the name of Gladys M. Kiernan from Pottstown, PA.

16CAMPF $40.00

Marjorie Dean High School Senior by Pauline Lester. Spine is cocked. No DJ. Endpapers in front/back are cracking. Boards have some soil/edgewear/spine wear. Name inside. Glossy frontispiece. Pencil price inside. Lists to itself inside front. Many series advertised in back.

16MDEAN $15.00

Kay Tracey - #10 The Murmuring Portrait by Frances K. Judd aka ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson. Features original style dust jacket which is protected in Mylar--some glare from that in image. Dust jacket has some soil, edgewear/spine wear and some tears and chips. Flaps are price cut. Lists to #18 The Mysterious Neighbor on the front flap. Boards have some edge/spine wear and a little soil, spine leans a bit, pages are aging. Tear on front free endpaper, has glossy frontispiece. Endpapers cracking at back. Pencil Price inside.

16KTPORT $20.00

Linda Craig - #2 The Clue on the Desert Trail. Copyright 1962, first edition. Picture cover. By Ann Sheldon. Some edgewear/corner wear. Pencil name/price inside. Overall good shape.

14LCPC2 $9.99

Trixie Belden #35 The Mystery of the Memorial Day Fire by Kathryn Kenny. Golden is the publisher. Has some wear/soil to covers/spine ends, pages aging inside. No writing inside. Lists to Indian Burial Ground Mystery inside front. Back cover has two small "Sweet Cutie" stickers above the bar code.

TB35PB $25.00

Trixie Belden #36 The Mystery of the Antique Doll by Kathryn Kenny. Golden is the publisher. Has some wear/soil to covers/spine ends, pages aging inside. No writing inside. Lists to Indian Burial Ground Mystery inside front.

TB36PB $25.00

Trixie Belden. The Mystery on the Mississippi. Copyright 1965. Deluxe Picture Cover with the color illustrations inside. By Kathryn Kenny. Name and penciled price inside, some very minor edge/shelf wear. Very good condition!

TBHC15 $9.99

#34 The Mystery of the Missing Millionaire. By Kathryn Kenny. Copyright 1980. Lists 34 Trixies inside. Barcode on back. (SHOWN w/ #35 BUT ONLY #34 available for purchase with this cart button at right!) Has some mild wear, creasing, price marked out on cover. Pencil price inside. Overall good shape.

$15.00 TB34

The Red Trailer Mystery by Julie Campbell. Has some price sticker residue on cover, mild edge/cover wear. Pages inside fine, no writing. Back cover has some red marks/soil. Overall ok.

UK Dean & Sons Ltd hardcover edition! Neat UK hardcover style which features the color/cover image of the beige paperbacks.

TBUKRED $9.99


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