UNITED KINGDOM

Picture Covers & Paperbacks

Starting with the original Collins picture covers in 1971, a new numbering system was brought to the Nancy Drew series in the U.K. The picture covers and the paperbacks utilize the same numbers consistently.

British #

Title


British #

Title

1

Shadow Ranch


40

Forgotten City

2

99 Steps


41

Message in Parchment

3

Ski Jump


42

Crocodile Island

4

Spider Sapphire


43

Red Gate Farm

5

Crossword Cipher


44

Wooden Lady

6

Missing Map


45

Hidden Window

7

Old Stagecoach


46

Whistling Bagpipes

8

Broken Locket


47

Mysterious Mannequin

9

Hollow Oak


48

Crooked Bannister

10

Invisible Intruder


49

Sky Phantom

11

Blackwood Hall


50

Thirteenth Pearl

12

Larkspur Lane


51

Triple Hoax

13

Bungalow Mystery


52

Flying Saucer

14

Whispering Statue


53

Old Lace

15

Haunted Showboat


54

Greek Symbol

16

Dancing Puppet


55

Swami's Ring

17

Tapping Heels


56

Kachina Doll

18

Crumbling Wall


5

Twin Dilemma

19

Tolling Bell


58

Captive Witness

20

Black Keys


59

Winged Lion

21

Leaning Chimney


60

Race Against Time

22

Scarlet Slipper


61

Sinister Omen

23

Golden Pavilion


62

Elusive Heiress

24

Old Attic


63

Ancient Disguise

25

Ringmaster's Secret


64

Broken Anchor

26

Mysterious Letter


65

Silver Cobweb

27

Pine Hill


66

Haunted Carousel

28

Fire Dragon


67

Enemy Match

29

Moss-Covered Mansion


68

Mysterious Image

30

Hidden Staircase


69

Emerald-Eyed Cat

31

Ivory Charm


70

Eskimo's Secret

32

Brass Bound Trunk


71

Bluebeard Room

33

Velvet Mask


72

Phantom of Venice

34

Old Album


73

Old Clock

35

Witch Tree Symbol


74

Lilac Inn

36

Moonstone Castle


75

Clue in Diary

37

Mirror Bay


76

Twisted Candles

38

Double Jinx


77

Haunted Bridge

39

Glowing Eye


78

Jewel Box


COLLINS PICTURE COVERS

 

The Collins picture covers were originally issued with bright new covers, whose background color wrapped around the spine, where there would also appear an icon of sorts representing Nancy's particular adventure in this story. At the top of the spine would be a colored span of 1" with the words "The NANCY DREW Series" in white letters. On the backs of the books were lists featuring 12, 24, 36, 42 or 50 titles.

Books #43-50 only came in a matte yellow-spine format which exactly imitated the Grosset & Dunlap PC available in the States - the only real difference being the "Collins" at the base of the spine, and the revised list of titles on the back cover. The innards are literally G&D pages, and often have the incorrect next page notice as a result.

There was one 2-in-1 hardback issued by Collins around 1974, which included Moss-Covered Mansion and Hidden Staircase.

Digest size hardback - matte finish: 7 3/8" H x 4 7/8" W.

The Moonstone Castle Mystery. Artwork unattributed. Copyright 1974 by Wm. Collins Sons and Co. Ltd.. Great Britain and the British Commonwealth (except Canada).

 

The third format for the Collins PCs was a thinner version with a glossy finish; the spine was all in yellow. There is no volume number indicated anywhere on these books. The illustrations are the same as those from the matte finish books. Instead of producing the last 10 books from the series (as the Hardy Boys counterparts do), a few of the earlier titles were also selected for reprint. This probably reflected what was low in stock at the time. These were available during the 1980s and were printed in Italy by Imago/Sagdos.

Digest size hardback - glossy finish: 7 1/4" H x 5" W.

The Ringmaster's Secret. Artwork unattributed. Copyright 1973 by Wm. Collins Sons and Co. Ltd.. Great Britain and the British Commonwealth (except Canada).



Collins created their own line drawings for the frontispiece and internal illustrations.
Most are based on the same scenes as the US editions
At the top of the spine would be a plum colored span of 1" with the words "The NANCY DREW Series" in white letters. Books numbers #1-6 (maybe more?) were also issued with this section in a variety of colors, with black letters. I believe the ones with the black letters are the earlier editions. This illustration of Nancy was the logo used by Collins and appears on the backs of all the matte finish books.

COLLINS PICTURE COVERS


Multicolor Spines

Vols 1-42

Matte Yellow Spines

Vols 43-50

Glossy Yellow Spines

16, 18, 25, 34-42

1999 Lea Shangraw Fox