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Scarce Nancy Drew Books to Collect

Over the years of Nancy Drew publishing history, there have been a few books that are fairly scarce--or hard to find. This is because this quality appears for only one printing or up to just a handful or printings or for only a short period of time to a couple of years. For example, volume 12, The Message in the Hollow Oak was issued in a wrap dust jacket with the new second cover artwork for only one printing before the yellow spine picture cover format came out. So one printing leaves few books and many potential collectors. This dust jacket is shown above. Volume 4, The Mystery at Lilac Inn, was also introduced in the wrap dust jacket with the new third cover artwork for only two printings before the yellow spine picture cover format came out, so this dust jacket as well is harder to find.

Other items I find considerably harder to find these days include:

  • The format I blank endpaper blue boards with no orange silhouette for volumes 1-7 in print in this format from 1930 to 1932
  • Printings circa 1946 with the 1930's silhouette on the cover but in blue instead of orange
  • Maroon Dana Girls Endpapers appearing circa 1947 for volumes 3-7, 9, 12, 14, and 18
  • 1st printing of volume 10, The Password to Larkspur Lane, which features the 1932 and 1933 dates on the copyright page
  • Larkspur Lane printing with movie wrapper for the movie Nancy Drew: Detective
  • Volume 2, The Hidden Staircase, printing with movie wrapper for the movie Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
  • Dust Jackets printings with misnumbered spines and the next printing with dj hole-punched for volumes 2, 5, 8, and 11
  • The first printing of #22 The Clue in the Crumbling Wall, with the Judy Bolton series advertised on the back
  • First printings of volume 41, The Whistling Bagpipes, that have the tri-fold advertisement of series books still intact
  • Some first printings of volume 49, The Secret of Mirror Bay, with the picture of Nancy on the back cover in yellow tones
  • First printings of volume 56, The Thirteenth Pearl, with the next book notice for The Triple Hoax in plain font--not italics

Shown below are some examples from the above list(the dust jacket scan with movie wrapper for Larkspur Lane was donated by a fellow collector):

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