The Dust Jacket Collection
In the mid-1940s, publisher Grosset & Dunlap updated the original packaging of its popular Nancy Drew Mystery Stories®, issuing new volumes with a dust jacket that featured wraparound art and modern type for an edgier, modern feel. This approach colorfully echoed the visual styles of film noir and pulp fiction, then in vogue. Between 1950 and 1979, commercial artists Bill Gillies and Rudy Nappi produced artwork for new titles and revised many of the earlier covers by original series artist, Russell H. Tandy, in this darker, mid-century style. However, in 1962, dust jackets were discontinued and ensuing books in the series were released as picture cover hardbacks only. Now, licensed by Simon and Schuster for the first time, Literarture is offering a complete dust jacket collection of some of the most evocative artwork by Tandy, Gillies and Nappi from this period for all 56 titles of the original series. Every jacket has been carefully recreated utilizing the best vintage elements and fresh layouts with an eye for improved consistency. In addition, the covers of later volumes never released with dust jackets are being adapted to the format to finally accommodate a complete series feel. The jackets' final trim size is 7.6" x 18.5" on a paper of comparable weight to the original dust jackets, but improved durability, enhanced by a protective aqueous coating. Titles will be available in individually numbered editions of 200 with a few additional titles added monthly. Dust jacket prints available only while supplies last. Books not included.
Special! #1-5 Set at 30% Off
Relive the golden years of Nancy Drew with this set of the first five dust jackets in the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. All five offset prints feature 1950 art from popular mid-century commercial illustrator Bill Gillies in exquisitely restored color and detail. Books not included.
Special! #6-10 Set at 30% Off!
Relive the golden years of Nancy Drew with this set of the second five dust jackets in the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. All five offset prints feature 1950 art from popular mid-century commercial illustrator Bill Gillies in exquisitely restored color and detail. Books not included.
Special! #1-10 Set at 50% Off!
Relive the golden years of Nancy Drew with this set of the first ten dust jackets in the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. All ten offset prints feature 1950 art from popular mid-century commercial illustrator Bill Gillies in exquisitely restored color and detail. Books not included.
The Secret of the Old Clock
The first title in the Nancy Drew series, this jacket is based on a 1950 printing and represents illustrator Bill Gillies' premiere revision of Russell Tandy's 1930 cover art in an edgier style evocative of film noir and detective novels. Original 1950 Grosset & Dunlap promotional advertising is also featured. Book not included.
The Hidden Staircase (1950)
For his cover illustration of this early classic, artist Bill Gillies continued the vintage detective novel spirit in presenting a refreshingly different scenic moment from Russell Tandy's 1930 original. This dust jacket is based on a 1953 format and features corresponding promotional art. Limited to 100. Book not included.
The Hidden Staircase (1967)
In 1966, Rudy Nappi embarked on a cover art revision for this series classic, electing to adapt Russell H. Tandy's spooky, original 1930 illustration over the scene in Bill Gillie's 1950 depiction. Our dust jacket features the original painting, courtesy of renowned Nancy Drew collector, Jennifer Fisher. Limited to 100. Book not included.
The Bungalow Mystery
This volume is one of few in the series to feature a variety of different cover scenes over the course of its publishing span. Bill Gillies' dramatic 1950 art perfectly establishes a more evocative spirit of suspense than the title suggests. A restored classic Dana Girls advertisement is showcased on back. Book not included.
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Bill Gillies' 1950 reinterpretation of Russell H. Tandy's 1930 art captures Nancy Drew stumbling upon a group of jewel thieves. The cover was discarded in 1961, when a different story was developed under the same title. The jacket is based upon a 1956 printing and features original advertising. Book not included.
The Secret at Shadow Ranch
Bill Gillies' 1950 cover art vividly captures an exciting moment in one of the more adventurous early entries in the series. This painting bears the colorful flavor of its era and remained in print until 1965, when Rudy Nappi created a similar composition for a new story under the same title. Book not included.
The Secret of Red Gate Farm
Among the best known covers in the history of the series, Bill Gillies' stylish 1950 revision of Russell Tandy's 1931 original art is among his most beautiful and intriguing. The art was used extensively over the years in end paper designs and promotional materials, and remains in print to this day. Book not included.
The Clue in the Diary
One of the most vivid and memorable of illustrator Bill Gillies' artistic contributions to the series is this 1950 offering, which lends a cinematic sense of heightened excitement to Russell Tandy's beautiful 1932 original. Sadly, this art is one of only two Bill Gillies covers still in print today. Book not included.
Nancy's Mysterious Letter
Bill Gillies' 1950 cover art depicts an entirely different moment of the plot from the original 1930s edition and continues his visual exploration of Nancy Drew as an idealized, innocently glamorous blonde of the period. This jacket is based upon a 1950 printing and features accompanying promotional art. Book not included.