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    A Mysterious Letter

    Carolyn Keene. Nancy's Mysterious Letter. Illustrated by Russell H. Tandy. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, Publishers [1932]. First edition. Twelvemo. 209 pages. Frontispiece illustration by Russell H. Tandy.
    Publisher's blue cloth with orange lettering on spine. Orange lettering and illustration on front cover. Minor wear at head and foot of spine, and at foot of back cover. Some acidification on illustrated endpapers. The front endpaper includes a gift inscription written at Christmas 1932. Overall very good condition. The dust jacket has some wear, small tears and creases, and minor paper loss.
    Beginning in 1930, Edward Stratemeyer paid authors a paltry $125 per book to write the Nancy Drew Mysteries under the pseudonym "Carolyn Keene," then retained all rights to the tales. The first twenty-two books, including Nancy's Mysterious Letter (1932), were written by Mildred A. Wirt Benson and edited by Stratemeyer's daughter, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

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