First printing of the sixth book from the legendary Hardy Boys series, in exceptional condition.
Near fine in near fine jacket.
THE SHORE ROAD MYSTERY
"Who can forget holding a new Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mystery and studying the cover, then opening it up, feeling the paper, and being drawn into the attention-grabbing swirl of words?" — Kismaric & Heiferman
Conceived by Edward Statemeyer in 1926 and soon packaged and sold to Grossett and Dunlap, the first three titles in the Hardy Boys series were all published simultaneously the following year Their success was almost instantaneous. Part of their popularity and endurance can be directly attributed to the original writer behind the house pseudonym "Franklin W. Dixon," ghostwriter Leslie McFarlane, who later wrote: "It was still hack work, no doubt, but did the new series have to be all that hack? There was, after all, the chance to contribute a little style. It seemed to me that the Hardy Boys deserved something better than the slapdash treatment [...] I opted for Quality." That quality helped propel the series, which ultimately accounted for half of all the Syndicate's sales (Johnson 142). Brothers Frank and Joe Hardy would become cultural touchstones not only through installments such as this early one in the series (which now totals almost 200 titles in all), but numerous reissues, rewrites, movies, specials, television shows (your intrepid Gen-X cataloguer is especially fond of its 1970s incarnation starring Shaun Cassidy), video games, and other spinoffs — so much so that Hardy Boys are now as synonymous with mystery and detection as their more adult counterparts Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, and Philip Marlowe. Both jacket and book are the proper first printing, conforming fully to Carpentieri and Mular. Scarce thus; rare in this condition.
Read more: Carole Kismaric & Marvin Heiferman, The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys; Leslie McFarlane, The Ghost of the Hardy Boys; Tony Carpentieri and Paul Mular, Hardy and Hardy Investigations (Seventh Edition), volume 1, page 154.
First edition. New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, (1928). 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original red publisher's cloth. In original unclipped (no price) color pictorial dust jacket, featuring cover art by W. S. Rogers. 212, [8 - ads] pages. Trace rubbing and to jacket, with just a bit of wear at the crown. Touches of shelfwear at extremities of book, faint smudge to front endpaper. Else clean, bright, and sound overall. In custom red cloth clamshell with matching red velvet interior inlays.
The Fine Print
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibility to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 30 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All materials are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions) unless otherwise noted. First editions (meaning first edition, first printing) are explicitly stated. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All photographs are of the actual item for sale. We're happy to provide additional images on request.
All domestic orders ship gratis. For orders under $250, free USPS media mail shipping is included; orders $250 and over ship USPS Priority. International orders over $500 also ship gratis. Expedited, overnight, as well as other carriers (UPS, Fed-Ex, etc.), may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
International buyers are responsible for any customs, taxes, and related import fees. Please note that we are unable to accomodate requests to misrepresent, misdeclare, or otherwise falsify customs documents when shipping internationally. We appreciate your understanding.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to bill institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases. Items subject to prior sale.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.