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Nancy Drew #36 Secret of the Golden Pavilion – First Edition Identification Guide

The Secret of the Golden Pavilion is the thirty-sixth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1959 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

Summaries (original edition)

Nancy Drew 36 Secret Of The Golden Pavilion
Nancy Drew 36 – Secret of the Golden Pavilion

Nancy, Bess, and George travel to Hawaii to solve an interesting puzzle involving an old golden pavilion. They are then set to find a trio of art thieves. They help find a Chinese man’s treasure.

Carson Drew is asked by Mr. Sakamaki to solve the mystery of the estate, Kaluakua, that he inherited from his grandfather. The estate is located in Hawaii and has a secret. Sakamaki was warned never to sell the estate until he learns its secret.

Complicating the situation, a brother and sister have suddenly appeared, claiming to be heirs to the estate. Also, somebody has been hacking at the floor of the Golden Pavilion, which is a circular open building on the estate.

Nancy Drew #36 The Secret of the Golden Pavilion 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.

PrintingFrontisCopyright PageNotes
1959A-1PlainNancy Drew #1-36, Dana Girls #1-20
1959D-2PlainNancy Drew #1-36, Dana Girls #1-20
1959C-3PlainNancy Drew #1-36, Dana Girls #1-20Dedication "Carolyn Keen, who knows …" on title page
1959D-4PlainNancy Drew #1-36, Dana Girls #1-21

Nancy Drew #36 The Secret of the Golden Pavilion First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points

PrintingPriceFront FlapRear PanelRear FlapFormat
1959A-1100100SynopsisDana Girls #1-20Nancy Drew #1-3615
1959D-2100100SynopsisDana Girls #1-21Nancy Drew #1-3615
1959C-3100100SynopsisDana Girls #1-21Nancy Drew #1-3615
1959D-4100100SynopsisDana Girls #1-21Nancy Drew #1-3615
Nancy Drew 36 Secret Of The Golden Pavilion 1959A-1
First edition Dust Jacket Identification Points for Nancy Drew 36 – Secret of the Golden Pavilion 1959A-1

Reference:

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

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