#18 The Mystery of the Shrinking House

By William Arden (Dennis Lynds), 1972.
Marchesi Cover, 1978
1972 hardbound, Ed Vebell coverart
Hitchcock Cover 1982/83, Robert Adragna art
Scholastic Books, 1982
Keyhole Cover, First Printing 1984
Random House Trade and GLB Hardbound Editions 
First Printed: 1972 
Cover Art: Ed Vebell 
Internal Illustrations: Jack Hearne
ISBN's: Trade Ed. 0-394-82482-2; GLB 0-394-92482-7

Trade Edition First Printing Identifier:  Lists to "The Mystery of the Nervous Lion" on the back cover.

Other Trade Edition First Printing Traits: 
- Matte cover finish 
- Blue graveyard endpapers 
Random House First Paperback Edition 
"Marchesi Cover"

First Printed: 1978 
Cover Art: Stephen Marchesi 
Internal Illustrations: Jack Hearne
ISBN: 0-394-83777-0

First Printing Identifier: 1234567890 numberline on the copyright page.

Notes: There were 9 Printings of this title with the Marchesi cover art in this edition printed between 1978 and 1980/81.  With the 10th Printing, below, the new Robert Adragna cover art was used.

"Hitchcock Cover" Paperback

First Printed: Circa 1981 (10th Printing) - See NOTES below.
Cover Art: Robert Adragna 
Internal Illustrations: Jack Hearne
ISBN: Same as Marchesi Cover above

Earliest Printing Identifier: 0 numberline on the copyright page which signifies that this is the 10th Printing of the Random House First Paperback Edition.

Notes: The list inside the back cover of this book suggests that it was first printed in 1981 but I suspect that 1983 is a more likely date for two reasons: the high number of printings with the Marchesi covers and the extreme scarcity of copies of this book.  I'm aware of only one print run.
Scholastic Book Services Paperback Edition 
First Printed: February 1982 
Cover Art: Charles Liese 
Internal Illustrations: None
ISBN: 0-590-30327-9

First Printing Identifier: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 numberline on the copyright page.
Random House Revised Paperback Edition 
"Keyhole Cover"

First Printed: 1984 
Cover Art: Robert Adragna 
Internal Illustrations: None
ISBN: 0-394-86418-2

First Printing Identifier: 1234567890 numberline on the copyright page.
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