UNITED KINGDOM
 

Although British English cannot truly be called a separate language, the British Nancy Drew books are certainly foreign editions. These books were actually "translated" to a certain degree as some of the text would be Anglicized for the U.K. audience, such as the use of "torch" for flashlight or "lift" for elevator.

There is a multitude of formats released by various publishers in the U.K., many of which are subsidiary companies of the original publishers. The formats relate back generally to the American editions (e.g., dust jackets, picture covers, paperbacks), but the U.K. editions created new artwork for the covers.

Below are listed the names of the publishers . The details regarding the dust-jacketed books are described on this page, but for picture covers and paperbacks you will need to link to the appropriate pages.

Dust Jackets
Picture Covers
Paperbacks
Harold Hill & Co.
Collins
Armada (5 formats and Files)
Sampson Low & Co.
Angus & Robertson
Nancy Drew Notebooks
MacDonald
Swift Children's Books
Girl Detective



Other Publishers

THE DUST JACKETED BOOKS

The earliest UK editions came in a style similar to those available at the time in the U.S. - a plain hardback book with a silhouette of Nancy on the cover by the title, encased in a paper dust jacket with a colorful illustration on the front. The first publishers, Harold Hill & Co., had new artwork created for their covers, but the subsequent editions by Sampson Low and MacDonald used contemporary American artwork. Note the publisher Sampson Low is actually named after an individual and thus the company is not Sampson & Low as it is sometimes misattributed.

By popular demand, click here to view the gallery of all the Varty covers produced for Harold Hill & Company.

 

1954 Harold Hill & Son Limited, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Artwork by Bill Gillies 1950 Grosset & Dunlap, New York.
Harold Hill & Son Limited

Green boards under DJ; thick book; DJ illustration original - not attributed, but signed "Varty" on lower left corner; 4 cartoon panels of next book in series on back of DJ; digger endpapers in slightly lighter blue than American books; title and black 1950s silhouette of Nancy on cover

Sampson Low & Co - wrap/white spine

Green boards under DJ; digger endpapers in slightly lighter blue than American books; title and black 1950s silhouette of Nancy on cover

Artwork by Rudy Nappi 1954 Grosset & Dunlap, New York.

Artwork by Rudy Nappi 1962 Grosset & Dunlap, New York.
Sampson Low & Co. - yellow spine

Red boards under DJ; green and white Dana Girls (walking) endpapers; title and black 1950s silhouette of Nancy on cover

MacDonald

Red boards under DJ; often had no title on front of book, just black 1950s silhouette of Nancy.

Here is the grid of the DJ numbering system (different than those used for picture covers and paperbacks). If there is a grey space in a cell below, this indicates that the titles was not available in that format; tan space below means that title was probably not available in that format.

U.K. No.

Title

Harold Hill

Sampson Low wrap/white

Sampson Low yellow-spine

MacDonald

1

Old Clock

1954




2

Hidden Staircase

1954




3

Bungalow

1954




4

Lilac Inn

1954




5

Shadow Ranch

1955




6

Red Gate Farm

1954




7

Clue in Diary


wrap 1960



8

Mysterious Letter


year not indicated (1960)


1969 (Nappi)

9

Twisted Candles


wrap 1960



10

Larkspur Lane


wrap* 1960


1969 (Nappi #2)

11

Broken Locket


wrap 1962



12

Hollow Oak


white spine 1962



13

Golden Pavilion



1963


14

Old Stagecoach



1963


15

Fire Dragon



1963


16

Dancing Puppet



1963


18

Haunted Showboat



1964


17?

Hidden Window



1964


19

Moonstone Castle



1964


20

Whistling Bagpipes



1964 (note - misprinted on book cover as Whispering Bagpipes)


21

Velvet Mask



1965


22

Ringmaster's Secret



1965


23

Scarlet Slipper



1965


24

Witch Tree



1965


25

Pine Hill



1966


26

Leaning Chimney



1966


27

Wooden Lady



1966


28

Black Keys



1966


29

Ski Jump



1967


30

99 Steps



1967


31

Blackwood Hall



1967


32

Old Album



1967 (Nappi #1)


33

Crossword Cipher




1967

34

Old Attic




1968 (Nappi #1)

35

Crumbling Wall




1968 (Nappi #1)

36

Tolling Bell




1968

37

Spider Sapphire




1969

38

Jewel Box




1969 (Nappi #1)

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Last updated 13 May 2000