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DIXON, Franklin W.

The Tower Treasure.

Published: New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1927

Stock code: 104563

Price: £7,500

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First edition, first printing of the first Hardy Boys title, long considered one of the holy grails of American children’s book collecting. Developed by the American publisher Edward Stratemeyer, The Hardy Boys books were one part of a range of juvenile detective fiction released by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. This copy is in excellent condition, in the Format #1 as described by Carpentieri & Mular (red cloth, gold-lined black lettering to front cover and black lettering to spine, blank endpapers, and the frontispiece on glossy paper), and the text complete with all Carpentieri & Mular’s first issue points: p.25 l.29 “think’s”; p.31 l.12 “talking” with a complete “t”; p.39 l.11 “Instal”; p.71 single quote rather than double quote starting l.24; p.108 l.18 and p.112 l.30 no sentence closures; p.124 l.6 “dedooce”; p.134 l.15 missing full stop; p.141 l.18 “interferance”; the last word of p.143 is repeated as the first word of p.144; Fenton quoting Jackley repeats “I hid it in the old tower” twice; p.148 l.7 no open quote; p.157 l.10 no closing double quote; p.187 l.7 “perferred”; p.205 l.29 “seing”. 29 Tom Swift Titles (among other children’s series) are advertised at the rear, as called for. The best copy we have handled of this title.

Octavo. Original red cloth with Hardy Boys’ shield to front board in black, titles to spine in black. With the pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Illustrated throughout by Walter S. Rogers. Inscription to front free endpaper, in the dust jacket with chip to lower end of spine, just a touch of wear to extremities. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Carpentieri & Mular p.61

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