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The Sleuth Shop: Vintage & Modern Nancy Drew Books

Get a Clue with Nancy Drew®! Seek out nostalgia, wit, wisdom and clues by reading Nancy Drew® books!

UPDATED: FEBRUARY 17, 2017

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Vintage & Modern Nancy Drew® Books & Books by Nancy Drew Ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson 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.

Divided into categories below: Guides and Books on Nancy, Books with Dust Jackets, Blue Hardbacks, No Dust Jackets, Yellow Spine Picture Covers, Book Club Editions, and Paperbacks & Misc. Scroll down to see each type for sale.


Books with Dust Jackets:

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The Mystery at Lilac Inn, #4 by Carolyn Keene. 1st printing of the revised text and 3rd cover art. Only 2 printings featured this art on the dust jacket before the picture cover format came out. The dust jacket, as seen in the scan above, has quite a bit of wear, tearing, rips on spine, rubs, chips--needs to be in a Mylar protector. Some aged tape along the bottom of the dust jacket and front flaps. Check marks and price on front flap. Has soiling to back of dj. Lists on front flap to Fire Dragon, back flap is 14 Vicki Barr, and back is 22 Dana Girls. A 1961B-86 according to Farah's 12th guide.

The book has some edgewear and rubbing to the extremities. Tape on front and back endpapers from where dj was taped to them at one point. Endpapers showing crackline but no major separation. Name inside. Overall ok.

10ND4DJ $75.00


Blue Hardbacks, No Dust Jacket:

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None Right Now.....
Nancy's Mysterious Letter, #8 by Carolyn Keene. Nancy's Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1932. Original text version written for the Syndicate by ghostwriter Walter Karig. Illustrated by Russell H. Tandy - four glossy illustrations inside. Spine is cocked. Binding a little loose but no page separation at endpapers or inside. Covers have some wear and soil. Has wear to edges/spine and some tearing of boards along spine, some tape on it is present which may remove easily. Pages are tanned and there is some aging or soiling spots inside. Name written inside. Lists to 7 Nancy Drews to Diary inside back and has listings for Outdoor Girls, Blythe Girls, For Her Majest, Lilian Garis books, Gary Grayson, Ted Scot and Western Stories for Boys - X Bar X Boys. This is a first printing, per Farah's 12th, a 1932A-1.

16NDLETTER $100.00


Yellow Spine Picture Covers:

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The Message in the Hollow Oak, #12 by Carolyn Keene. 2nd cover art. Copyright 1934. Original text of 25 chapters by ghostwriter Mildred A. Wirt Benson. 1962A-57, first picture cover printing per Farah's 12th Guide. Lists to Fire Dragon on back. Has some edge/corner wear. Spine cocked. Some board soil/shelf wear. Spine faded. Blue Multi Pic #2 endpapers. Inscription inside. 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.)

16ND12PC $30.00

The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk, #17 by Carolyn Keene. 2nd cover art. Copyright 1940. Original text of 25 chapters. 1962A-45 , first picture cover printing per Farah's 12th Guide. Lists to Fire Dragon on back. Has some edge/corner wear. Spine cocked. Some board soil/shelf wear. Slight musty book smell. Blue Multi Pic #2 endpapers. Price inside in pencil. Ink-topped pages have bled down onto some pages from moisture spot on top closed page edges. Overall fair.

(**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.)

16ND17PC $30.00

Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk, #17 by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1976. Revised text of 20 chapters. Has Nancy Drew Cookbook ad on back. Circa 1977 printing. Has some edge/corner wear. Spine slightly cocked. Some board soil/shelf wear. White Multi Pic #2 endpapers. Price inside in pencil. Some page edge soil.

16ND17PCCK $5.00

The Moonstone Castle Mystery, #40 by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1963. A first printing, 1963A-1 per Farah's 12th Guide. Lists on back to Fire Dragon. Has some edge/corner wear. Spine cocked. Some fading to spine. White Multi Pic #1 style endpapers. No writing inside, very clean inside. Overall good.

16ND40PC $12.00

The Phantom of Pine Hill, #42 by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1965. A first printing, 1965A-1 per Farah's 12th Guide. Lists on back to itself. Has some edge/corner wear. Spine cocked. Some fading to spine. White Multi Pic #1 style endpapers. Penciled price inside, very clean inside. Overall ok.

16ND42PC $15.00

Mystery of Crocodile Island, #40 by Carolyn Keene. Mystery of Crocodile Island #55 by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1978. 1978A-1, first printing per Farah's 12th Guide. Has some mild edge/corner wear. Has price sticker residue and mark where price sticker removed on back cover bottom right corner. White Multi Pic #2 endpapers. Bookplate inside. Lists to itself on back.

16ND55PC $20.00

The Thirteenth Pearl, #56 by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1979. Circa 1982-86 printing per Farah's 12th Guide. Has some edge/corner wear. Spine slightly cocked. Some board soil/shelf wear. Double Oval endpapers. Name inside. Price inside in pencil.

16ND56PCA $15.00



Special Editions, Magazines, Picture Books, Book Club & Library Editions:

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Nancy Drew Twin Thriller Book Club Edition featuring two stories inside - The Secret of the Old Clock & The Hidden Staircase. Has edge/corner/spine wear. Pages lightly aged, no writing inside. Endpapers starting to form crack lines. Overall good.

16NDTWIN12 $5.00

Nancy Drew Twin Thriller Book Club Edition featuring two stories inside - The Bungalow Mystery & The Mystery at Lilac Inn. Has edge/corner wear. Pages lightly aged, no writing inside. Good shape.

16NDTWIN34 $5.00

Nancy Drew Twin Thriller Book Club Edition featuring two stories inside - The Sign of the Twisted Candles & Password to Larkspur Lane. Spine slightly cocked. Has edge/corner wear. Pages lightly aged, no writing inside. Mild soil to the boards. Good shape.

16NDTWIN910 $5.00

Nancy Drew Twin Thriller Book Club Edition featuring two stories inside - The Haunted Bridge & The Clue of the Tapping Heels. Has edge/corner wear. Pages lightly aged, no writing inside. Mild soil to boards. Good shape.

16NDTWIN1516 $5.00

Nancy Drew Twin Thriller Book Club Edition featuring two stories inside - The Clue of the Jewel Box & The Secret in the Old Attic. Has edge/corner wear. Pages lightly aged, no writing inside. Good shape.

16NDTWIN2021 $5.00

Nancy Drew Twin Thriller Book Club Edition featuring two stories inside - The Secret of the Wooden Lady & The Clue of the Black Keys. Has edge/corner wear. Pages lightly aged, no writing inside. Good shape.

16NDTWIN2728 $5.00

Nancy Drew Twin Thriller Book Club Edition featuring two stories inside - The Clue of the Dancing Puppet & The Moonstone Castle Mystery. Has edge/corner wear. Pages lightly aged. Date inside. Number 17 written on front boards in the right corner. Soiling to boards. Spine cocked. Overall ok.

16NDTWIN3940 $5.00

Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths, by Carolyn Keene & Franklin W. Dixon. A Wanderer hardcover and dust jacket - protected in Mylar but has lots of wear--a former library edition with the usual marks/wear/tear. A piece is cut out of the spine as shown in the picture--see for details. Book has wear/usual markings as well and some soil.

14NDSSWAND $20.00

The Kachina Doll Mystery, #62 by Carolyn Keene. Wanderer in dust jacket format of this title. Dust jacket is protected in Mylar. Has some wear to edges/spine ends--see image for more details. Overall good shape. Book has some edgewear and rubbing to extremities and corners, spine leans a bit. Has library markings inside, some torn corners on a few pages, pages aging, mild soil. Overall Ok. First printing.

14NDWAND62 $25.00


Paperbacks & Misc.:

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Nancy Drew On Campus - #1 New Lives, New Loves by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1995. 3rd printing. Archway paperback. Good shape--mild wear.

$2.00 14OC1

Nancy Drew Files - Swiss Secrets by Carolyn Keene. Copyright 1992. 1st printing. Archway hardcover - in the especially for girls bookclub. Name/drawing inside cover. Good shape--mild wear.

$3.00 14NDFHCSS

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys - Danger on Ice by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon. #2 in the Be A Detective Mystery Stories series. Copyright 1984. First printing, with sequence of 10...1 on the copyright page. Wanderer paperback. Good shape, has some wear and creasing to covers/spine, no writing inside. Overall good.

$8.00 12NDPBBAD2

#1 Nancy Drew Girl Detective: Without a Trace. Paperback. By Carolyn Keene. Little wear. Great shape. Copyright 2003. First printing.
NDGD1 $3.00
#2 Nancy Drew Girl Detective: A Race Against Time. Paperback. By Carolyn Keene. Very good shape, little wear. Copyright 2003. Second printing. Features bookmark/prize inside back with code to figure out to win sweepstakes! Later printings didn't have this making this more collectible.
NDGD2 $8.00
#4 Nancy Drew Girl Detective: High Risk. Paperback. By Carolyn Keene. Very little wear, good shape. Copyright 2003. First printing. Features bookmark/prize inside back with code to figure out to win sweepstakes! Later printings didn't have this making this more collectible.
NDGD4 $8.00

Books by Nancy Drew Ghostwriter (original Carolyn Keene) Mildred A. Wirt Benson:

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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


Nancy Drew Book Covers Puzzle, Guides and Books on Nancy & Special Nancy Drew Editions & Paper Dolls:

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The Nancy Drew Scrapbook by Karen Plunkett-Powell. St. Martin's Press, copyright 1993. First printing as noted on the copyright page. Has inscription/name written inside. Has a little edgewear, but overall mild, good shape overall.

16NDSCRAP $15.00

Nostalgic Nancy Drew Covers Puzzle. 1000 piece puzzle. Approx. 19.25" x 26.625" when complete. Box size: 10" x 14" x 2.38". This puzzle is crafted with museum quality standards with fine inks and varnishes. Made from premium grade blue board. Each piece is thick and durable.

SALE! Save $3 $17.00 14NDPUZZLE (Also sold below in a set of 2!)

Set of 2 Nostalgic Nancy Drew Covers Puzzles. 1000 piece puzzles. Approx. 19.25" x 26.625" when complete. Box size: 10" x 14" x 2.38". This puzzle is crafted with museum quality standards with fine inks and varnishes. Made from premium grade blue board. Each piece is thick and durable. With 2, play with one, keep one mint for your collection!

SALE! Save $4 2/$33.00 14NDPUZZLE2 (Also sold above as a single puzzle)

Nancy Drew Clues for Real Life Nostalgia Gift Book compiled by Jennifer Fisher. Copy is author signed.

$15.50 NDCLUES

2011 Nancy Drew Paper Dolls - Since she first was introduced in 1930, Nancy Drew, girl detective, has been cleverly solving mysteries in a popular series of books. And now, Nancy Drew appears as a paper doll, created by an exciting fresh talent, Darlene Jones. Includes special essay inside on Nancy Drew by Nancy Drew Historian Jennifer Fisher, copies will be signed.

The nostalgic appeal of the beloved young detective is captured in a distinctive artistic style that recalls the enduring charm and excitement of the stories. The new paper doll book features three dolls depicting Nancy Drew in the '30s, '40s and '50s. Her wardrobe offers 24 outfits from favorite classic mysteries allowing the girl detective to follow clues anywhere they may lead until (as usual), she solves the mystery. Size: 9 1/2" x 11 1/2".

Got Clues? Collectors may want to order one to keep mint and one to sleuth with...

$12.00 NDPAPERDOLL

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