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)
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.
|Printing||Frontis||Copyright Page||Rear Book Ads|
|1932A-1||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-7||This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-7|
|1932B-2||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-8||This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-7|
|1932C-3||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-8||This isn't all (box)|
|1932D-4||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-8||This 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.
|Printing||Front Flap||Rear Cover||Rear Flap||Reverse/Inside||Format|
|1931B-1||Nancy Drew #1-6||Amy Bell Marlowe(10)||Blythe Girls #1-11||Nancy Drew #1-5 ao||1|
|1931C-2||Nancy Drew #1-6||Amy Bell Marlowe(10)||Blythe Girls #1-11||Nancy Drew #1-5 ao||1|
- Farah’s Guide to Nancy Drew, 12th printing