New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [ca.1954]. Attractive copy of the fifth Dana Girls 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. Item #3693
Reprint. Octavo (19.25cm); sage green paper-covered boards, with titling and decorations stamped in dark green on spine and front cover; green topstain; Dana Girls endpapers; vi,218pp. Inscribed by the author on the copyright page in an early hand: "Mildred Wirt Benson / aka Carolyn Keene / who wrote the original in the Dana Girl series." Gentle sunning to spine and upper board edges, else Near Fine in a lightly edgeworn, Near Fine dustjacket.