1931 1st Red Covers LINDA CARLTON'S ISLAND ADVENTURE DJ
This auction is for a Saalfield edition of Linda Carlton's Island Adventure which has a dust jacket. The seller wants $49.00 for the book. The listing states:
Very hard to find First Edition hardcover with dust jacket and protective transparent sleeve. A true 1931 first edition with red covers. Third in a series.Saalfield was a reprint house, and as far as I know, none of the books were first printings. That in itself is all that we need to know. Island Adventure is the last title listed because Saalfield only reprinted the first three books. All Saalfield Linda Carlton books list to Island Adventure.
Primary indications of a first edition:
* last book title printed on jacket's back panel is "Island Adventure"
* Book is bound in red cloth, typical of a first edition from 1931.
* Copyright date printed in Roman numeral is 1931.
The part about the red cloth is just plain bizarre. Does the seller think that all red cloth books from 1931 must be first printings? I have to wonder if the seller is aware of the early Hardy Boys books in the red cloth binding and has the Linda Carlton books confused with the Hardy Boys books.
What does the copyright date of 1931 in Roman numerals have to do with anything?
Lot 3 CAROLYN KEENE NANCY DREW 1930 Facsimile HC Books
This lot is supposedly for three Applewood Nancy Drew facsimile editions. My problem is the photo.
These look like old Grosset and Dunlap books to me. Perhaps the color is way off on the seller's photo, and they are really Applewood editions. Most Applewood editions have been kept in nice shape, and these look like old books with some wear and tear. I also see a few stains.
Beverly Gray Treasure Hunt, Clair Blank DUST JACKET 1ST
A reader of this blog brought this one to my attention. First off, the seller plagiarized a large portion of my Beverly Gray page. I never understand why sellers do this. Do they not realize that anyone who actually cares about buying a Beverly Gray book is already aware of this information?
The "Hmm" part is this portion of the listing, which is one of the few parts that I did not write. The seller stated, "I believe this may be a First Edition because this title is the last title listed on the Copyright Page which is usually good evidence. However, the dust jacket list extends to 'Beverly Gray's Mystery' so I am not sure."
The copyright page is never accurate. Aside from that, if the jacket lists to Beverly Gray's Mystery, isn't that a good sign that the book was probably not printed until around the time that Beverly Gray's Mystery was first published? This book is not anywhere near a first printing.
The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene (1932, HC)
This one is funny. Here is a screen cap of the title and subtitle.
I have to buy thirty books to get free shipping! Isn't that a bit extreme? My first thought is that this is a typo, but the seller has dozens of listings with the same subtitle.