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Full Set of 38 Tom Swift Antique Books - $875 (Chugiak Peters Creek)

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Tom Swift is the eponymous hero in the 38 volume Tom Swift series published by Grosset & Dunlap from 1910 to 1935 and two Whitman Better Little Books published 1938 to 1941. The stories are basically adventure tales with Tom's latest invention being heavily involved in the plot.
When Grosset & Dunlap began publishing the stories, the dust jackets were a tan/brown paperwith the same quad design as used on the cover. In 1910 only, the DJ was a single color. In 1911 this was changed to 2 colors. The paper was changed to white starting with volume 11. Beginning with volume 21 in 1918, the DJs were changed to a 2 color process (referred to by collectors as "Duotone") illustrating a scene allegedly from the story. Beginning with volume 27 in 1924, this was changed to a full color process. Covers that were previously printed using the 2 color method were changed to full color. Although in most instances the same basic scene is depicted on these covers, the artwork is entirely new.
The quad and Duotone jackets are far harder to find than their full color counterparts, they tend to be of higher cost than the full color versions.
The original 1910 tan quad cover binding used on volumes one thru five (at right) lacked color in the oval of circles around the title and the color was definitely orange. In 1911 the color was changed to red and the dots were in color (at left). In late 1932 the tan quad cover style was changed to a plain orange. At the same time, the previously blank endpapers were changed to orange and white illustrations of various scenes from several stories. All editions came with a glossy paper frontispiece illustrating a scene from a cited page in the book.
Published in 1932, volume 35, "Tom Swift And His Giant Magnet", went thru a few tan quad printings when the change to orange boards occured (circa May 1932) and consequently is difficult to locate, not unlike the Hardy Boys "While the Clock Ticked" or the Ted Scott "Following the Sun Shadow" in red binding.

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