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    Carolyn Keene. The Clue of the Broken Locket. New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, [1934].

    First edition. Twelvemo. 219 pages with frontispiece and one page of advertisements. Signed and inscribed by the author, Mildred Wirt Benson, in black ink on the title page. Signed "Mildred Wirt Benson, also known as Carolyn Keene. June 2000," when Ms. Benson was 95 years old.

    Blue buckram with orange lettering; orange silhouette on front board; orange silhouette endpapers. Minor wear to board corners and head and tail of spine; spine moderately faded. Textblock shows light age toning but is in overall near fine condition. Dust jacket bears a 1.5" tear at lower spine (inexpertly taped) and small sections of paper loss at both head and tail of spine. A few chips elsewhere along dust jacket edges. Very good condition.

    Twenty-three of the 25 Nancy Drew books were written by Mildred Wirt Benson, under the pseudonym "Carolyn Keene," all of which were extremely popular with young girls over the course of the last 70 years. From the Robert and Diane Yaspan Collection.

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