Dell

 

Click the group of books beginning with number:

Dell 1

Dell 50

Dell 100

Dell150

Dell 200

Dell 250

Dell 300

Dell 350

Dell 400

Dell 450

Dell 500

Dell 550

Dell 600

Dell 700

Dell 800

Dell 900

Dell 10˘

Dell 1st (numbered)

Dell 1st A-Series

Dell 1st B/C

Dell D101

Dell D250

D400 - F Series

Laurel (Lettered)

Laurel (Numbered)

Laurel 5000 -

Later Dell Books

Lettered

Numbered thru 0699

0700 - 1499

1500 - 1999

2000 - 2499

2500 - 2999

3000 - 3999

4000 - 4999

5000 - 5599

5600 - 5999

6000 - 6499

6500 - 6999

7000 - 7499

7500 - 7900

8000 - 8499

8500 - 8999

9000 - 9999

5-digit Numbers

15000 -

Special Series

 

 

 

Some of the most collectible of all paperbacks, the Dell Mapbacks were primarily mysteries with a few token westerns and romances thrown in for good measure.

Dell used a great deal of original art to grace their back covers, the most famous of which included the "Scene of the Crime" maps featured on most of the first 600 books. I've included original back-cover art whenever I could.

Dell obviously used a different glue than most paperback houses, and that, combined with a fabric binding for their pulp pages, has had some interesting aging effects. The books are generally more pliable than most other paperbacks. Cocked (or “tilted”) spines are more prevalent in Dells. High moisture can have a warping effect on some books, especially those issued without laminate, or whose laminate has been removed. This makes Dells more difficult to scan, especially the back covers, since the books tend to tilt or warp toward the front.

Usually, no printing information is listed in Dell books except for the original copyright date. Often, later printings simply took another edition number, and all cover art, front and back, remained the same (where different cover art DOES appear on different edition numbers for the same title, I’ve listed them in my Artistic “Interpretations” section). Dell 233, for example (The Upstart), was reprinted with the same cover art as Dell 341 and then again as Dell 1341. This adding of the one thousand digit was common in Dell reprints. This meant that later, as Dell broke through the 1,000 edition level, they had to shift exclusively to other labels, such as Dell First Edition and the Dell lettered-series books.

The Dell 10˘ editions constituted a failed experiment in 1951. Each of the 36 books in this label was 64 pages in length and comprised a complete novelette.

D-Series books were Dell's 35˘ offerings and  the "F" series were "fifty-cent" books. In the "First Edition" series, "A" books sold for a quarter, "B" for 35˘, and "C" for 50˘.

The Special Series section (at the bottom) will include a wide range of books. There were four "No-Number" books. Two were printed in 1947 (the cartoon character books). The two digest-sized "Told in Pictures" books (which are exceedingly rare) were printed in 1950 (for more information, click HERE.) Also included: Dell Candlelight and Dell Purse Books from the 70's.

Dell started life as a major publisher of magazines and comic books (including several Disney comics).  You can find many of their detective and crime magazines, plus several sports and entertainment digests in the "Pulps and Mags" section of the database.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated December, 2013