For over 150 years, Grace Livingston Hill’s novels have published in many different formats and by many different publishers. After Grace brought her first big success, Marcia Schuyler, to J. B. Lippincott Company, she eventually published with them exclusively.
Once a book ceased to be profitable for Lippincott, its reprint rights, often along with the original printing plates and dust jacket artwork, went to the reprint house of Grosset & Dunlap. They produced hardcover books that, at the time, were called “Cheap Editions” or “Popular Copyright.” If you have a G&D edition with a jacket, you might see a notice on the flap like this one:
Eventually, as sales for these hardback editions waned, they went out of print. What was next for our beloved Grace Livingston Hill books?
Enter paperbacks and The Mystery of the Missing #21.