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Nancy Drew Book, Phantom of Pine Hill Vintage First Edition, One Owner


This book is a nice collectible for anyone who, like me, couldn't wait to get her hands on another volume in this mystery series and be transported again into the nail-biting adventures of the ultimate detective, our beloved Nancy Drew. For over 40 years, "The Phantom of Pine Hill" has been cached away in a clean, dry family attic, its sole owner (me) growing older as Nancy has remained ageless.

According to descriptions I've read by online booksellers, this is a first printing, thus a first edition. The identifying feature is that the last Nancy Drew book listed both inside the covers and on the back cover is "The Phantom of Pine Hill." (The second printing includes a later title on the inside list.)

I consider its condition to be quite good for its age. However, I have listed it as average primarily because I did what many little girls did to their Nancy Drews: I checked off the previous volumes that I owned on the inside listing and very neatly wrote my name and phone number on the title page. (I definitely wanted to make sure my book never got lost.) Those marks, along with a dot of ballpoint ink near the front cover crease and a slight spine slant to the volume, kept me from rating the book's condition as very good. In the rating standards typically used by booksellers, this book would thus receive a good rating; as ArtFire does not offer good as choice, but skips from very good to average, I have rated the condition as average. As a matter of note, this has been a one-owner book, and so the checkmarks and name seem more charming to me than a detriment; but then again, I was the little girl who made them and others may disagree with me. :) I have included photos of the marks, with my name and phone number blacked out for privacy purposes.

The book's pages are clean, other than the marks noted above, and there is a nice warm tone to the paper, brought on by time. There is no real wear to the cover boards, although the bottom of the covers, underneath, show slight shelf wear, as does the bottom spine flap (below where the pages end).

Here are more technical features. This is a hardcover publication with 176 pages, white multi-scene endpapers (a portion of which is shown in one of my photos), navy blue top-page edges, and yellow pictorial boards with front cover color illustration and back cover black-and-white Nancy illustration.

If you have any questions about this item that are not answered above, please don't hesitate to contact me and ask them. I'll be happy to answer!

About the Nancy Drew series: The wonderful teenage sleuth has a long history going all the way back into the 1930s. At that time, Stratemeyer Syndicate decided to create a series for girls that would resemble their successful Hardy Boys series. This was a good business decision because, in a blink, Nancy was a fantastic success. All her stories have been written under the pen name of Carolyn Keene, but actually, Carolyn is as much a work of fiction as Nancy. The Syndicate hired ghostwriters for the job and typically supplied them with outlines created by Edward Stratemeyer or his daughters Harriet and Edna.

About "The Phantom of Pine Hill": This mystery takes Nancy and her friends Bess and George out of their familiar Riverside locale and into the town of Emerson, whose university is having a celebration week. When they find themselves sans a place to stay due to problems with their motel reservations, luck comes through in the form of an invitation to an old historic mansion on Pine Hill. Of course, they find mystery and intrigue there, including a strange phantom who supposedly haunts the mansion's library. I would say this was one of my favorite Nancy Drew stories, but really, they were ALL my favorites!


Vintage Origin Details

Grosset and Dunlap



First Edition






Item Condition


United States

Country of Origin


Printed paper and cover boards

Primary Material


Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

This is my first vintage listing, although my shop's subtitle has included "fun vintage things" for months now. There have been practical obstacles to my listing vintage items, but the real hurdle has been more emotional: I am not a buyer and reseller of vintage, but someone who is selling selected items from her life and the long history of a family, things that in many cases bear memories and meaning. In short, it's hard to let go of such things, but a time comes for everything. This book seems an apt start, especially as the "phantom" in the family attic is requesting a little elbow room. :)

More Info

This book ships to the United States with no-cost USPS shipping. If you live elsewhere and are interested in this item, please contact me.

Product Attributes

Color: Green

Accepted Payments
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United States
First Item: $3.85
Additional Items: $0.80


Welcome to Pretty Gonzo! Your visit is valued! I love jewelry, and what I make is the type of jewelry I would wear myself or give as gifts to friends and relatives. Every piece, however simple, is a little statement about the person wearing it, and I always hope that my jewelry will bring happiness to the person destined to wear it.


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If you are purchasing a gift for someone and have used his or her address for shipping, please let me know at the time of ordering. I will be happy to include a complimentary notecard with your shipment, in which I will write whatever message you would like to send. Also, please make sure the recipient's address is current.


JEWELRY: Items are shipping USPS First Class and come with a tracking number. Earrings are shipped on earring cards in small plastic bags, wrapped in decorated paper or gift bag. Bracelets and necklaces are shipped in a similar way (but minus the earring cards).

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IN GENERAL: As someone who has made many online purchases, I know how nice it is to experience quick shipping from a seller. My goal is to ship your order promptly once I have received payment.


I want you to be happy with your purchase. Always feel free to contact me about an item before buying, as no question is too minor. I'm pleased to help!

Returns are accepted if you contact me within 5 days of receiving the item. Also, I must receive the item no later than 2 weeks after its delivery to you. If you have a situation where this timeframe poses a problem for you, please let me know before ordering.

You are responsible for shipping with tracking (U.S.). Items should be in their original condition with their original wrapping and packing materials. Any earring cards or gift bags should be included.


Refunds for Handmade Jewelry: I will refund for the purchase price minus shipping.

Refunds for Vintage Items: I will refund vintage items for the purchase price minus shipping.


Non-receipt: Tracking provides information on the item's progress to its destination, and I bring my shipments directly to the post office rather than using pick-up. I will do my best to help you if items go astray. Again, always make sure the shipping address you provide is current.

Damage: If an item arrives damaged, please contact me ASAP. I will repair/replace damaged handmade jewelry if you ship it back to me. Also, please see option for postal insurance above. I do pack items well to minimize any problem with damage.


I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments. So please don't hesitate to contact me.


JodyJolene478922 on Nov 21, 2016
5 stars

These earings are soo cute! And very well made. I'm thrilled with my purchase!! Thanks again!!
JodyJolene478922 on Nov 21, 2016
5 stars

These earings are soo cute! And very well made. I'm thrilled with my purchase!! Thanks again!!
ShadowDogDesigns on May 14, 2015
5 stars

This order was perfect in every way! I adore my new earrings . . . and am wearing them as I type this! Wish I could give a rating higher than a 10! Thank you, Mary!
Patron157211 on Jan 31, 2015
5 stars

This is gorgeous workmanship--unbelievably good value too! I'm thrilled with this set and have been wearing it nonstop. High quality and shipping came really fast. Even better than the photos! Highly recommended. I will be back for more Pretty Gonzo purchases soon!
ConsciousArtStudios on Jan 1, 2015
5 stars

These earrings were even more beautiful in person than I envisioned. The seller provides excellent communication from the time you order until the product is in your hands. Shipping was very quick and the earrings were wrapped beautifully with lovely note card. When you order from Pretty Gonzo, she makes you feel like you're receiving a gift from an old friend. I can't recommend this seller enough. Her jewelry is excellent quality, and her customer care is outstanding.

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