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The Case of the Velvet Claws - Editions and Variants

[pmvc] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. [Perry Mason] First published in book form in March 1933. The first Perry Mason mystery. Very much in the hard-boiled style. Gardner had been writing for Black Mask (as well as many other magazines) for years when this came out, and rather resented the comparisons with Hammett. It achieved its 35th printing with Pocket Books in 1970. LibraryThing Reviews

Cover image from William Morrow edition of 1933 [wm33.2] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. NY: William Morrow, 1933. 310p. hardcover. The first edition of the first Perry Mason novel. 1933 on the title page, no subsequent printings recorded on verso. 2019 prices for a copy with some kind of dust jacket around $4000. Original price $2.00. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from G. G. Harrap & Co edition of 1933 [ha33.3] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: G. G. Harrap & Co, 1933. 250p. hardcover. A Harrap Jig-Saw mystery. Harrap issued a few mysteries as "Jig-Saw Mysteries". There was a set of jig saw pieces to be assembled in the rear of the volume that provided some kind of clue to the solution of the mystery. There was a second edition (or printing) from Harrap in 1934. [References] WorldCat British Library [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[gd34.17] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1934. hardcover. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Warner Brothers edition of 1936 [wb36.12] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. Los Angeles: Warner Brothers, 1936. movie. With William Warren as Perry Mason. Perry and Della get married at the beginning of the movie; their honeymoon is of course disrupted. [References] IMDB [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1940 [pb40.6] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. NY: Pocket Books, 1940. 215p. mass market pbk. Pocket Books No. 73. First printing November 1940. Same cover reported for 15th printing in 1943. This was the fifteenth mystery published by Pocket Books. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pittsburg Press edition of 1942 [pp42.207] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. Pittsburgh: Pittsburg Press, 1942. mass market pbk. Newspaper supplement for Sunday, January 18, 1942. 15 pages. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[tb45.18] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. Philadelphia : Triangle Books, 1945. 310p. hardcover. 116 on spine. Published March 1945. Hand motif from Morrow first edition is used, but otherwise jacket design differs. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1947 [pb47.19] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: Pocket Books, 1947. 230p. mass market pbk. No. 73. Continuation of the original Pocket Books edition but with different cover. Seen on 24th printing of 1947. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from British Publishers Guild edition of 1950 [ha50.9] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: British Publishers Guild, 1950. 215 (or 191?)p. mass market pbk. Guild Books No. 425. For information on the Guild Books Series see the "Series of Series" link below; it was a multi-publisher effort to compete with Penguin Books. [References] WorldCat British Library Series of Series [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[wm52.1530] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: William Morrow, 1952. 310p. hardcover. Collectors Edition. The first three Perry Mason novels were published in "collectors' editions" in the Fall of 1952. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1955 [pb55.659] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: Pocket Books, 1955. mass market pbk. No. 73. Date uncertain. Cover reported on 28th printing. Cover image via bookscans.com. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1956 [pv56.868] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: Pocket Books, 1956. mass market pbk. No. 2073. 25 cents cover price. Cover reported on 31st printing 1956. Cover image via bookscans.com. [Images] Image on Flickr [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pan edition of 1960 [pn60.112] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: Pan, 1960. 188p. mass market pbk. G398. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[ha61.1529] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: G. G. Harrap & Co, 1961. 191p. hardcover. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from World Distributors edition of 1963 [wd63.29] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: World Distributors, 1963. 188p. mass market pbk. Consul Books. no. 1215, and possibly reissued in 1966 as no. 1478. Cover seen with 2/6 and 4/- cover prices. Cover image via LibraryThing. [References] British Library [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[tv622.2017] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. Los Angeles: Paisano Productions, 1963. television. Season 6 episode 22 first broadcast March 21, 1963
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1963 [pb63.208] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: Pocket Books, 1963. mass market pbk. Cover by Robert McGinnis No. 4516. 45 cents cover price. Cover seen on 32nd printing April 1963. Cover image via LibraryThing. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from William Morrow edition of 1965 [wm65.1721] Gardner, Erle Stanley. [in] A Perry Mason Omnibus. New York: William Morrow, 1965. 564ppp. hardcover. Cover image via LibraryThing. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[wd66.1694] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: World Distributors, 1966. mass market pbk. Consul Books. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Sphere Books edition of 1967 [sp67.206] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: Sphere Books, 1967. mass market pbk. Cover image via http://www.detective-fiction.com. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1970 [pb70.113] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: Pocket Books, 1970. mass market pbk. Isbn: 0671755013 75501. 35th printing. December 1970. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Tom Stacey edition of 1972 [ts72.1528] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. London: Tom Stacey, 1972. 191p. hardcover. Isbn: 0854681620 [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Aeonian Press edition of 1976 [ae76.1527] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. Leyden, MA: Aeonian Press, 1976. 310p. hardcover. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Ballantine Books edition of 1985 [bb85.1745] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985. 215p. mass market pbk. Isbn: 0345323173 Cover image via LibraryThing. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Ballantine Books edition of 1993(?) [bb88.14] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. NY: Ballantine Books, 1993(?). 215p. mass market pbk. Isbn: 0345323173 [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Readers Digest edition of 2002 [rd02.5] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. Pleasantville: Readers Digest, 2002. 261p. hardcover. Isbn: 0762188782 Series: The Best Mysteries of All Time [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Ankerwycke : American Bar Association edition of 2015 [an15.13] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Velvet Claws. Chicago: Ankerwycke : American Bar Association, 2015. 296p. trade pkb. Isbn: 1627229213 [References] WorldCat [Publisher] Ankerwycke Press Release [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris