The Tower Treasure.
Illustrated by Walter S. Rogers.New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1927 Stock Code: 104563
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 part of a range of juvenile detective fiction released by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and was so successful that they launched Nancy Drew as a female counterpart. 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. This is 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 with titles in gilt direct to spine.
Frontispiece, 6 pp. publisher's advertisements at end. The jacket printed on both sides, with publisher's advertisements on verso.
Contemporary ink gift inscription "To Harold Starr from George Garens, March 3rd 1928" to front free endpaper. Corners a trifle rubbed, else the binding bright and sharp, internally clean and fresh. An immaculate copy in the very good jacket, small loss to foot of spine, slight creasing and a couple of splits to edges, without traces of toning or marks.
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