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#15 - The Flickering Torch Mystery
Text by Franklin W. Dixon

Sampson Low / Collins / Armada Books: A, C, E / 2 Omnibus Editions

Sampson Low Hardback Edition « »

The Flickering Torch Mystery (Sampson Low)

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The Flickering Torch Mystery (Sampson Low)

Red boards and spine.

Publisher: Sampson Low

First Printed: 1963 (January)

Cover Artist: Paul Laune
Frontispiece Artist: Paul Laune (View)
Internal Illustrations: None

SBN: None

Story version: Original text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Spine number: 22.
-- 7 titles listed inside (inc. Lost Tunnel)
-- Frontispiece same as 1943 US ed.
-- Blank endpapers.
-- Yellow spine
-- Retail price: 5/- (5 shillings).

Notes:
-- Chapter X called “The Club with the Hole” rather than “Clue…”
-- Next book: Melted Coins (although Devil’s Paw was number 23).

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Collins Hardback Edition « »

The Flickering Torch Mystery (Collins)

Publisher: Collins

First Printed: 1972

Cover Artist: Peter Archer
Frontispiece Artist: Peter Archer (View)
Internal illustrator: None

ISBN: 0-00-160515-1

Story version: Original text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Blue spine box with white text.
-- 18 titles listed on reverse cover.
-- Blue staining on page edges.
-- Gold price label: 45p.

Spine Art Description:
-- Frank holds rearing horse

Notes:
-- This is the only Collins title not to feature either of the Hardy brothers on the cover!

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Armada Paperback Edition « »

The Flickering Torch Mystery (Format A)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format A

First Printed: 1979 (August)

Cover Artist: Peter Archer

ISBN: 0-00-691572-8

Notes:
-- First printing back cover prices are as follows:
£0.60 (UK), $1.85 (NZ), $1.75 (AU), $2.25 (CAN).
-- The frontispiece in the Collins edition was not used for this and subsequent Armada releases.

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The Flickering Torch Mystery (Format C)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format C

First Printed: 1986

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-691572-8

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The Flickering Torch Mystery (Format E)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format E

First Printed: 1993

Cover Artist: David Browne

ISBN: 0-00-691572-8

Notes:
-- Browne worked on this painting in the middle of 1992 and it was one of his last efforts for the series. David admits that due to a loss of confidence and difficulties with the Hardy Boys models, the illustration had to be virtually redone with old reference material. (Source: the interview with British artist David Browne, conducted by Bob Finnan in 2003).

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Armada Paperback Omnibus Edition

Armada 3-in-1 Omnibus (Format C)

Publisher: Armada Books

Cover Layout: Format C

First Printed: 1984

Featured stories:
#4 - The Mystery of the Whale Tattoo
#6 - The Mystery of the Desert Giant
#15 - The Flickering Torch Mystery

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-692449-2

Notes:
-- First printing back cover prices are as follows:
£2.50 (UK).

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Diamond Books Paperback Omnibus Edition

Diamond Books 3-in-1 Omnibus

Publisher: Diamond Books

First Printed: 1993

Featured stories:
#4 - The Mystery of the Whale Tattoo
#6 - The Mystery of the Desert Giant
#15 - The Flickering Torch Mystery

Cover Artist: David Browne

ISBN: None

Notes:
-- This particular selection of titles was first issued in an omnibus edition by Armada in 1984.

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 UK Collins Order

 US Order

Harold Hill only titles:

HH 2. House On The Cliff
HH 14. Hidden Harbour Mystery

Collins titles:

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