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Nancy Drew #17 The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk – First Edition Identification Guide

The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk is the seventeenth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, written by Mildred Wirt Benson published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. It was first published in 1940 by Grosset & Dunlap and was extensively revised for publication in 1976.

Summaries (original edition)

Nancy Drew 17 Mystery Of The Brass Bound Trunk
Nancy Drew 17 – Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk

Nancy plans a trip to South America by boat, along with chums George and Bess. They have joined a tour being conducted by an exclusive girls school. To Nancy’s amazement, the mother of one of the students( Mrs. Joslin) protests Nancy’s presence on the tour. Prior to departure, Nancy learns there are issues involving the Trenton trunk company, mostly concerning the quality of merchandise; the owner of the company, who is a friend of Carson Drew, asks Nancy to interfere in daughter Doris’ life and relationships so she will marry the son of a former business partner.

Nancy must solve several mysteries: who the mysterious red-haired young man could be; why Doris is so withdrawn; what is going on with the trunk company; why did Mrs. Joslin so vehemently protest Nancy’s presence, as well as aiding her daughter Nestrelda; and solve the mix-up with Nestrelda’s and Nancy’s identical (or are they?) monogrammed Trenton trunks.

Nancy Drew #17 The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk First Edition Book Identification Points

Only the first few printings of the first/second year are included. Printings codes are based on the Farrah Guide, 12th printing. Please refer to the guide for later printings.

How to Identify Nancy Drew - The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk First Edition Guide
PrintingFrontisCopyright PageRear Book Ads
1940A-1GlossyNancy Drew #1-17None
1940B-2GlossyNancy Drew #1-17None
1940C-3GlossyNancy Drew #1-17None/Page 220 include next book

Nancy Drew #17 The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points

How to Identify Nancy Drew - The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk First Edition Dust Jacket
PrintingPriceFront FlapRear PanelRear FlapFormat
1940A-15050Nancy Drew #1-16Melody Lane #1-8Dana Girls #1-85
1940B-25050Nancy Drew #1-16Melody Lane #1-8Dana Girls #1-95
1940C-35050Nancy Drew #1-16Melody Lane #1-8Dana Girls #1-95
Nancy Drew 17 Mystery Of The Brass Bound Trunk 1940A-1
First edition Dust Jacket Identification Points for Nancy Drew 17 – Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk 1940A-1

Reference:

  • Wikipedia
  • Farah’s Guide to Nancy Drew, 12th printing

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