The Mystery of the Fire Dragon is the thirty-eighth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, and was first published in 1961 by Grosset & Dunlap.
This is the final Nancy Drew published with a Dust Jacket and a conclusion to our collectors’ First Edition Guide to Nancy Drew. Hope you’ll enjoy the guides. It has been a long journey producing it.
Summaries (original edition)
Nancy Drew is called to New York City by her Aunt Eloise to solve a missing-person case. The granddaughter of her elderly Chinese author neighbor, Mr. Soong, has been kidnapped. The search is on, first by disguising Nancy’s friend George Fayne as the missing Chi Che, and then pursuing a lead at Chi Che’s place of employment, a book store, where Nancy encounters its suspicious owner, Mr Stromberg.
Nancy decides to visit the store again but as she goes along the sidewalk, Nancy is knocked-out by a falling vase which hits her on the head. While Nancy is unconscious, Bess and George take up the mystery and a red-haired man is quickly arrested.
A series of clues leads the girls to Hong Kong, where Nancy’s boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, joins the action. Nancy foolishly follows “Chi Che” on board a plane, and is herself kidnapped. Ingenious Nancy uses her lipstick to signal for help on the plane windows. After her rescue, she follows more clues to an international smuggling ring, and, utilizing a disguised George once again, forces the thieves out of hiding and has the chance to finally locate the missing girl.
Nancy Drew #38 The Mystery of the Fire Dragon 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.
|1961A-1||Plain||Nancy Drew #1-38, Dana Girls #1-22|
|1961B-2||Plain||Nancy Drew #1-38, 4, Dana Girls #1-22|
|1961C-3||Plain||Nancy Drew #1-38, Dana Girls #1-23||Last printing with Dust Jacket|
Nancy Drew #38 The Mystery of the Fire Dragon First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points
|Printing||Price||Front Flap||Rear Panel||Rear Flap||Format|
|1961A-1||100100||Synopsis||Dana Girls #1-22||Nancy Drew #1-38||16|
|1961B-2||100100||Synopsis||Dana Girls #1-22||Nancy Drew #1-38||16|
|1961C-3||100100||Synopsis||Dana Girls #1-22||Nancy Drew #1-38||16|
- Farah’s Guide to Nancy Drew, 12th printing