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Nancy Drew #6 Secret of Red Gate Farm – First Edition Identification Guide

The Secret of Red Gate Farm is the sixth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, It was first published in 1931.

Summaries (original edition)

Nancy Drew 06 Secret Of Red Gate Farm
Nancy Drew 06 – Secret of Red Gate Farm

Out on a leisurely shopping trip, Nancy, Bess and George encounter an odd French-Chinese perfume saleswoman, who is reluctant to sell a particular fragrance to Bess. On a return train trip to River Heights, they ponder her odd behavior and encounter the malnourished Millie (Joanne in the later versions of the book) Byrd, who is on her way to “the city” to seek employment. Millie becomes acquainted with the girls, and when Nancy accompanies her to a job interview, she uncovers a mysterious code in the office.

Millie’s grandmother, owner of Red Gate Farm, welcomes the trio and Millie to her farm where they plan to vacation as paid boarders, and assist with waiting on other boarders. Once on the farm, Nancy uncovers a strange group called The Black Snake Colony—a “nature cult”—who are tenants on an outlying portion of Mrs. Byrd’s farm. Accused of passing counterfeit money, Nancy shares details of the odd colony and the codes obtained in the office building with Federal agents. Nancy, Bess, George, and Millie go undercover disguised in the white robes and hoods worn by the cult members, and join them in their cave hideaway. This volume also serves to further develop the Bess and George characters, and their affectionate yet sometimes antagonistic relationship.

Nancy Drew #6 Secret of Red Gate Farm 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 Clue in the Diary First Edition Guide
PrintingFrontisCopyright PageRear Book Ads
1932A-1Glossy+Nancy Drew #1-7This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-7
1932B-2Glossy+Nancy Drew #1-8This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-7
1932C-3Glossy+Nancy Drew #1-8This isn't all (box)
1932D-4Glossy+Nancy Drew #1-8This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-8

Nancy Drew #6 Secret of Red Gate Farm First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points

ao: Among other titles.

How to Identify Nancy Drew - The Secret of Red Gate Farm First Edition Dust Jacket
PrintingFront FlapRear CoverRear FlapReverse/InsideFormat
1931B-1Nancy Drew #1-6Amy Bell Marlowe(10)Blythe Girls #1-11Nancy Drew #1-5 ao1
1931C-2Nancy Drew #1-6Amy Bell Marlowe(10)Blythe Girls #1-11Nancy Drew #1-5 ao1
Nancy Drew 06 Secret Of Red Gate Farm 1931B-1
First edition Dust Jacket Identification Points for Nancy Drew 06 – Secret of Red Gate Farm 1931B-1

Reference:

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

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