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Nancy Drew #26 Clue of the Leaning Chimney – First Edition Identification Guide

The Clue of the Leaning Chimney is the twenty-sixth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1949 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual authors were ghostwriters George Waller, Jr. and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

Summaries (original edition)

Nancy Drew 26 Clue Of The Leaning Chimney
Nancy Drew 26 – Clue of the Leaning Chimney

Nancy Drew and her friend Bess discover that a rare and valuable Chinese vase has been stolen from the pottery shop of Dick Milton, a cousin of Bess. Dick had borrowed the vase from his Chinese friend, elderly Mr. Soong, and he is determined to repay Mr. Soong for the loss. He tells Nancy that if he can find “the leaning chimney,” he will be on the track of a discovery which will solve his financial problems.

Nancy finds the leaning chimney, but it only leads her into more puzzles. Can there be any connection between the vase theft – one of a number of similar crimes – and the strange disappearance of the pottery expert Eng Moy and his daughter Lei?

Nancy Drew #26 The Clue of the Leaning Chimney 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 Clue of the Leaning Chimney First Edition Guide
PrintingFrontisCopyright PageNotes
1949A-1PlainNancy Drew #1-26, Dana Girls #1-4
1949B-2PlainNancy Drew #1-26, Dana Girls #1-6

Nancy Drew #26 The Clue of the Leaning Chimney First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points

How to Identify Nancy Drew - The Clue of the Leaning Chimney First Edition Dust Jacket
PrintingPriceFront FlapRear PanelRear FlapFormat
1949A-17575Nancy Drew #1-26Connie Blair #1-3Judy Bolton #1-2013
1949B-27575Nancy Drew #1-26Dana Girls #1-4Judy Bolton #1-2013
Nancy Drew 26 Clue Of The Leaning Chimney 1949A-1
First edition Dust Jacket Identification Points for Nancy Drew 26 – Clue of the Leaning Chimney 1949A-1

Reference:

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

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