Created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the 12 volume Bobby Blake series by Frank A. Warner was originally published from 1915 to 1926 by Barse & Hopkins. The series was later reprinted by Barse & Co (1-12), Grosset & Dunlap (1-12), and Whitman (1,2).
"True stories of life at a modern American boarding school. Bobby attends this institution of learning with his particular chum and the boys have no end of good times. The tales of outdoor life, especially the exciting times when engaged in sports against rival schools, are written in a manner so true, so realistic, the the reader, too, is bound to share with these boys their thrills and pleasures." - Barse & Hopkins advertisment.
The Barse & Hopkins editions had a frontispiece and 3 other illustrations.
The Barse & Co. and G&D editions had the same illustrators but only a frontispiece.
The Whitman editions were not illustrated.
R. Emmett Owen (1-7)
Charles L. Wrenn (8)
E.J. Dinsmore (9)
Walter S. Rogers (10-11)
Oriet Williams (12)
1. Barse & Hopkins (1-11): dark blue cloth binding, black lettering. DJ on white coated paper, same for every book.
2. Barse & Hopkins (12): same as 1 but light blue cloth binding.
3. Barse & Co.: same as 1 but medium blue cloth binding.
4. G&D: orange cloth binding, dark green lettering. DJ art by Howard L. Hastings.
5. Whitman: textured compostion binding in various colors.
Some of the titles are available on Project Gutenberg.
titles in the bobby blake series
or, Winning the Medal of Honor (1915)
or, The Hunt for the Motor Boat Gem (1915)
or, The Castaways of Volcano Island (1915)
or, The Rivals of Rockledge (1916)
Bobby Blake tries to trace the owner of a lost pocketbook while training for the school football team.
or, Winter Holidays in the Big Woods (1916)
or, The Champions of the Monatook Lake League (1917)
or, The Secret of the Mountain Cave (1918)
or, The Mystery of the Deserted House (1920)
or, Winning the Banner of Blue and Gold (1921)
or, Lost in the Great Swamp (1922)
or Old Eskimo's Last Message (1923)
or The Treasure Chest of Black Rock (1926)