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Nancy Drew #27 Secret of the Wooden Lady – First Edition Identification Guide

The Secret of the Wooden Lady is the twenty-seventh volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1950 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Margaret Scherf.

Summaries (original edition)

Nancy Drew 27 Secret Of The Wooden Lady
Nancy Drew 27 – Secret of the Wooden Lady

Adventure abounds on the Bonny Scot in Boston Harbor as Nancy Drew helps Captain Easterly uncover the mystery of his ghostly visitors. From the moment the clever young detective and her friends, Bess and George, take up residence on the old clipper ship they are confronted with fire, theft, and other dangerous situations.

Nancy faces an additional challenge: to find a clue to the clipper’s missing figurehead. If she is successful, it will help her lawyer father to trace the history of the Bonny Scot and establish a clear title to the ship for Captain Easterly. But strangely there are no records of the Bonny Scot’s past. Why? And why has the prime suspect in the recent robbery at Bess Marvin’s home followed the three girls to Boston?

Nancy Drew #27 The Secret of the Wooden Lady 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 Secret of the Wooden Lady First Edition Guide
PrintingFrontisCopyright PageNotes
1950A-1PlainNancy Drew #1-27, Dana Girls #1-6
1950B-2PlainNancy Drew #1-27, Dana Girls #1-10

Nancy Drew #27 The Secret of the Wooden Lady First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points

How to Identify Nancy Drew - The Secret of the Wooden Lady First Edition Dust Jacket
PrintingPriceFront FlapRear PanelRear FlapFormat
1950A-17575Nancy Drew #1-27Beverly Gray #1-20Connie Blair #1-613
1950B-27575Nancy Drew #1-27Beverly Gray #1-20Connie Blair #1-613
1950C-37575Nancy Drew #1-27Judy Bolton #1-21Dana Girls #1-1013
Nancy Drew 27 Secret Of The Wooden Lady 1950A-1
First edition Dust Jacket Identification Points for Nancy Drew 27 – Secret of the Wooden Lady 1950A-1

Reference:

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

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