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Nancy Drew #5 Secret Of Shadow Ranch – First Edition Identification Guide

The Secret at Shadow Ranch is the fifth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1931 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, and was ghostwritten by Mildred Wirt Benson. This book, as of 2001, ranks 50 on the list of All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books, according to Publishers Weekly, with 2,347,750 sales since 1931.

Summaries (original edition)

Nancy Drew 05 Secret At Shadow Ranch
Nancy Drew 05 – Secret at Shadow Ranch

In this book, you are introduced to Nancy’s best friends, Elizabeth “Bess” Marvin and George Fayne, complete opposites. George is a brave, sporty tomboy, while Bess is a girly, shopping, scaredycat. One of Bess and George’s cousins, Alice Regor, travel with Nancy to their Aunt and Uncle’s ranch in Arizona where the cousins’ aunt attempts to keep up a ranch she received as payment of a debt.

Nancy reunites Alice with her long-lost artist father, who is suffering from amnesia. She also uncovers the mystery behind why an old mountain woman is guardian of a beautiful young girl, all the while enjoying mountain life, including horseback riding, a flash flood, being lost in the mountains overnight, and a dangerous mountain lion.

Nancy Drew #5 The Secret Of Shadow Ranch 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.

Note: Glossy+: Glossy frontis + 3 glossy internals.

How to Identify Nancy Drew - The Secret Of Shadow Ranch First Edition Guide
PrintingFrontisCopyright PageRear Book Ads
1931A-1Glossy+Nancy Drew #1-5This isn't all (box)
1931B-2Glossy+Nancy Drew #1-5This isn't all (box)
1931C-3Glossy+Nancy Drew #1-5This isn't all (box)

Nancy Drew #5 The Secret Of Shadow Ranch First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points

ao: Among other titles.

How to Identify Nancy Drew - The Secret Of Shadow Ranch First Edition Dust Jacket
PrintingFront FlapRear CoverRear FlapReverse/InsideFormat
1931A-1Nancy Drew #1-5Amy Bell Marlowe(10)Blythe Girls #1-10Nancy Drew #1-3 ao1
1931B-2Nancy Drew #1-5Amy Bell Marlowe(10)Blythe Girls #1-11Nancy Drew #1-5 ao1
1931C-3Nancy Drew #1-6Amy Bell Marlowe(10)Blythe Girls #1-11Nancy Drew #1-5 ao1
Nancy Drew 05 Secret At Shadow Ranch 1931A-1
First edition Dust Jacket Identification Points for Nancy Drew 05 – Secret at Shadow Ranch 1931A-1

Reference:

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

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