New York: Grosset & Dunlap, . Early 1950's edition of the 15th 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 1953A-38 (though it also conforms to Farah 1953B-39 and 1953C-40, likely impossible to tell which without the dustjacket). Item #3692
Reprint. Octavo (19.25cm); denim blue paper-covered boards, with titling and decorations stamped in navy blue on spine and front cover; blue-gray topstain; "Digger" endpapers; [iv],220pp. Signed by the author on the title page in an early hand: "Mildred Wirt Benson / aka Carolyn Keene." Light sunning to spine, mild wear to spine ends and lower board edges, with a few dog-eared corners smoothed-out; Very Good+, lacking the dustjacket.