New York: Grosset & Dunlap, . Late 1940's edition of the 14th Nancy Drew mystery. Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (1905-2002) wrote the earliest Nancy Drew and Dana Girls mysteries under the penname Carolyn Keene for the Stratemeyer Syndicate between 1929-1947. The year before her death, she was given a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for her contributions to the Nancy Drew series. Uncommon signed, particularly in an early hand. Farah 1948B-26. Item #3691
Reprint. Octavo (19.25cm); denim blue paper-covered boards, with titling and decorations stamped in navy blue on spine and front cover; navy blue topstain; "Blue Silhouette" endpapers; iv,217,pp. Inscribed by the author in an early hand on the title page: "Mildred Wirt Benson / aka. Carolyn Keene / author of Nancy Drew Mysteries." Hint of sunning to spine, mild wear to spine ends and lower board edges, with some faint spotting to topstain; Very Good+, lacking the dustjacket.