#22 - The Sinister Sign Post
Text by Franklin W. Dixon

Harold Hill / Sampson Low / Collins / Armada Books: A, B, C, D, / 3 Omnibus Editions

Harold Hill Hardback Edition

-- Originally, Harold Hill had planned to issue this title subsequent to The Hidden Harbour Mystery. However, the rights to publish new Hardy Boys stories transferred to Sampson Low and Harold Hill opted to release a new edition of The Secret of the Lost Tunnel instead.

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Sampson Low Hardback Edition  

The Sinister Sign Post (Sampson Low)

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The Sinister Sign Post (Sampson Low)

Red boards and spine.

Publisher: Sampson Low

First Printed: 1959 (October)

Cover Artist: Bill Gillies
Frontispiece Artist: J. C. Gretta
Internal Illustrations: None

SBN: None

Story version: Original text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Frontispiece: from 1936 US edition.
-- Spine number: None.
-- Blank endpapers.
-- Wrap-around spine
-- Retail price: None listed. Later printings cost 5/- (5 shillings).

Notes:
-- Internal list consists solely of Sign Post, Figure, Claw and Warning.

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MacDonald Hardback Edition  

The Sinister Sign Post (MacDonald)

Publisher: MacDonald

First Printed: 1969 (October)

Cover Artist: Rudy Nappi
Internal Illustrations: None

SBN: 356-01330-8

Story version: Original text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Spine number: 1.
-- Gretta orange 'tree' endpapers.
-- Blue spine
-- Retail prices: 10/- (10 shillings) and 50 NP (new pence).

Notes:
-- Exactly same interior as Samson Low ed., but with 1968 US Nappi cover
-- Inside lists 20 titles inc Flight 101 and Lost Tunnel
-- Wild Cat (2 words) on dust jacket.

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Collins Hardback Edition  

The Sinister Sign Post (Collins)

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Publisher: Collins

First Printed: 1972

Cover Artist: Peter Archer
Frontispiece Artist: Peter Archer
Internal illustrator: Roger Hall

ISBN: 0-00-160522-4

Story version: Revised text

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

Spine Art Description:
-- Boys choked by tear gas grenade

Notes:
-- The internal illustrations and frontispiece for this title can be viewed at the Series Book Art website.

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Armada Paperback Edition  

The Sinister Sign Post (Format A)

Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format A

First Printed: 1975 (June)

Cover Artist: Peter Archer

ISBN: 0-00-691050-5

Notes:
-- First printing back cover prices are as follows:
0.40 (UK), $1.00 (NZ), $1.00 (AU), $1.50 (CAN).

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The Sinister Sign Post (Format B)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format B

First Printed: 1984

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-6923526

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The Sinister Sign Post (Format C)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format C

First Printed: 1985

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-692352-6

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The Sinister Sign Post (Format D)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format D

First Printed: 1989

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-692352-6

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Armada Paperback Omnibus Edition

Armada 3-in-1 Omnibus (Format A)

Publisher: Armada Books

Cover Layout: Format A

First Printed: 1982

Featured stories:
#7 - The Mystery of the Melted Coins
#22 - The Sinister Signpost
#23 - Footprints Under The Window

Cover Artist: Peter Archer

ISBN: 0-00-692076-4

Notes:
-- First printing back cover prices are as follows:
1.95 (UK), $5.95 (NZ), $4.95 (AU).

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Dragon Paperback Omnibus Edition

Dragon 3-in-1 Omnibus

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Publisher: Dragon Books

First Printed: 1991

Featured stories:
#20 - The Clue In The Embers
#21 - What Happened At Midnight
#22 - The Sinister Signpost

Cover Artist: Brian Kotzky

ISBN: 0-00-694235-0

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Diamond Books Paperback Omnibus Edition

Diamond Books 3-in-1 Omnibus

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Publisher: Diamond Books

First Printed: 1993

Featured stories:
#7 - The Mystery of the Melted Coins
#22 - The Sinister Signpost
#23 - Footprints Under The Window

Cover Artist: David Browne

ISBN: None

Notes:
-- This particular selection of titles was first issued in an omnibus edition by Armada in 1982.

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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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