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Deadwood Dick Library

Series consists of 65 issues from the Deadwood Dick Library. A copy of issue #36 is held in this Dime Novel Collection; issues 1-64 are shelved separately in Bruce Peel Special Collections.

Publisher: M.J. Ivers, Arthur Westbrook

Date of First Issue/First in Collection (No. 1): Mar. 15, 1899
Date of Last Issue/Last in Collection (No. 64): May 30, 1900

Deadwood Dick is a weekly publication. The format is 5 x 8 inches, with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. Stories are authored by Edward L. Wheeler. Consists primarily of frontier, western and detective stories. Deadwood Dick, an outlaw, is considered the quintessential dime novel hero. These stories were later reprinted several times due to popularity.

Beadle's Pocket Novels

Series consists of one Beadle's Pocket Novel.

Publisher: Beadle and Adams

Date of First Issue (No. 1): July 7, 1874
Date of Last Issue (No. 272): November 25, 1884

In collection (No. 191): October 18, 1881

The format is 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, with 100 pages. Novels cost 10 cents. Front wrapper has series name, title of novel, and a coloured illustration, surrounded by a plain tinted background--either blue, green, orange, or gray. All the books are reprints of various Beadle publications.

Old Broadbrim Weekly

Series consists of 12 issues from Old Broadbrim Weekly.

Publisher: Street and Smith, New York

Date of First Issue (No. 1): Oct. 4, 1902
Date of Last Issue (No. 51): Sept. 19, 1903

First in Collection (No. 9): Nov. 29, 1902
Last in Collection (No. 41): Jul. 11, 1903

Old Broadbrim Weekly is, predictably, a weekly publication. The format is 8 ½ x 11 inches, with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. Consists of detective stories reprinted from the Old Cap. Collier Library with original names etc. changed to fit the new series, featuring a Quaker detective.

Old Cap. Collier Library

Series consists of 3 issues from the Old Cap. Collier Library.

Publisher: Norman L. Munro

Date of First Issue (No. 1): Apr. 9, 1883
Date of Last Issue (No. 822): Sept. 9, 1899

First in Collection (No. 694): Mar. 27, 1897
Last in Collection (No. 713): Aug. 7, 1897

The Old Cap. Collier Library follows an irregular publication schedule, including weekly. The novels' format changes frequently: 7 x 9 inches (nos. 1-330), 8 x 12 inches (nos. 331-394), with 32+ pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Cover art develops from buff or brick non-pictorial (1-330) to b/w pictorial covers (331-822). Series consists primarily of detective and mystery stories reprinted or written for this library. Beginning in 1898, issues contain reprinted serials (primarily school stories and comic stories from "Golden Hours"); the rights to many of these stories would later be purchased by Street and Smith in 1902 and used (with editorial changes) in some of their weeklies, including Nick Carter Weekly and Old Broadbrim Weekly.

New York Detective Library

Series consists of 3 issues from The New York Detective Library.

Publisher: Frank Tousey

Date of First Issue (No. 1): June 7, 1883
Date of Last Issue (No. 801, plus 2 unnumbered issues): Apr. 1, 1898

First in Collection (No. 318): Jan. 5, 1889
Last in Collection (No. 361): Nov. 2, 1889

The New York Detective Library is a weekly publication. The format is 9 x 12 ½ inches (nos. 157-801) with 32 pages. Issues cost 10 cents. Pictorial covers are b/w. Series consists primarily of detective and mystery stories.

Old Sleuth Library

Series consists of 3 issues from the Old Sleuth Library.

Publisher: George Munro

Date of First Issue (No. 1): Mar. 3, 1885
Date of Last Issue (No. 101): Mar. 3, 1905

First in Collection (No. 24): Feb. 22, 1886
Last in Collection (No. 33): Jan. 5, 1887

The Old Sleuth Library follows an irregular publication schedule, including bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly. The format is 8 x 12 inches, with 32-64 pages. Issues cost 10 cents (5 cents for later editions). Pictorial covers are b/w. Series contains detective stories written by Harlan Page Halsey under the pseudonym of Old Sleuth, but primarily features other detective characters besides Old Sleuth.

Secret Service: Old and Young King Brady, Detectives

Series consists of 291 issues from Secret Service.

Publisher: Varies: Frank Tousey (nos. 1-1207), Harry E. Wolff (nos. 1208-1374)

Date of First Issue(No. 1): Jan. 27, 1899
Date of Last Issue(No. 1374): May 22, 1925

First in Collection (No. 58): Mar. 2, 1900
Last in Collection (No. 732): Jan. 31, 1913

Secret Service is a weekly publication. The format is 8 x 11 inches, with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. All stories after issue no. 726 are reprints of earlier issues. Consists primarily of mystery and detective stories. With issue no. 442, short stories and serials appear following the title story; with issue no. 671 the phrase "And Other Stories" appears on the cover.

Nick Carter Library

Series consists of 114 issues from the Nick Carter Library.

Publisher: Street and Smith, New York

Date of First Issue (No.1): Aug. 8, 1891
Date of Last Issue (No. 282): Dec. 26, 1896

First in Collection (No. 10): Oct. 10, 1891
Last in Collection (No. 254): Jun. 13, 1896

The Nick Carter Library is a weekly publication. The format is 8 ½ x 12 inches, with 16 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are black and white. Consists primarily of detective stories, written "by a celebrated author" (pseudonym of Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey and various other authors). The NCL is the first dime novel series published by Street and Smith to feature the same continuing character (Nick Carter) in all issues. Said Dey, "I never in my life wrote a Nick Carter story that I would be ashamed to read to a Bible class." Nick Carter was instantly popular with readers.