Tower Treasure. Franklin Dixon, Leslie McFarlane.

Tower Treasure

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition, 1st printing, of the first Hardy Boys novel, the forerunning icon in what was, for 3 decades, the most popular series of American, young adult fiction, a series that remains a cultural touchstone, still selling a million copies a year. Format 1 (the 1st issue), as per Carpentieri & Mular, in red cloth, the front cover with black outlined, gold lettering, the spine with black lettering, blank endpapers, the frontispiece on glossy paper, the correct 6 pages of publisher’s ads at the end, and the text with all the 1st state points including a complete “t” on page 31, line 12 (the critical identifier). The spine is faded half a shade, and has 2 creases, there’s a smudge to the front cover, and a small spot to the upper blank page edges of the ads and rear endpapers, but it’s otherwise very good, in a dustjacket with tiny chips at the edges, small rubs, and the spine faded to tan, but still, very good and unrepaired, with the properly matching publisher’s ads on the jacket’s verso. ABPC says 1 copy sold at auction in 45 years (chipped and repaired). Finer than other Tower Treasure dustjackets that are called very good, and some that are called fine, though there are not many correct copies out there for comparison. Ref: Carpentieri & Mular, page 61. See Leslie McFarlane, Ghost of the Hardy Boys, 1976, pages 65–76. Very good / very good. Item #729

Teenagers Joe and Frank Hardy are amateur detectives, a subgenre of mystery novels, with crimes solved by those who are neither police, nor professionals (just snoopy). The character type traces back to the detective story’s 1819 original, E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Mademoiselle de Scudéri, then evolves in Wilkie Collins’ 1860 The Woman in White, and finds its apex in Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple, first in a 1927 short story, followed by a 1930 novel, and then 11 more novels over 46 years.

Price: $6,250.00

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