You will recall that the seventh and eighth known examples of the 1930A-1 dust jacket of The Secret of the Old Clock surfaced this fall. The ninth known example of the 1930A-1 dust jacket surfaced this month. The book was listed three times before it was finally allowed to run to completion.
Nancy Drew Secret of the Old Clock...1930..Carolyn Keen
The first auction was canceled because the seller's son ripped the dust jacket into two pieces.
Nacny Drew The Secret of the Old Clock 1930..C. Keen
The second auction was canceled because of the misspelling in the title.
Nancy Drew The Secret ofthe Old Clock 1930 1st Blank EP
The third auction was allowed to run and closed at $4,494.00. I was the third highest bidder, and while I would have been happy to have honored my bid, I deliberately chose to bid less than what I thought was necessary to win the auction. I thought that I would have had a high chance of winning if I had bid at least $5,000 and a moderate chance of winning if I had bid around $4,500, so instead I bid slightly less than $4,000. I spent too much this fall, and I am currently in the process of building up my funds again. I can spend large amounts on books, but I can rein myself in easily when necessary.
Here are the additional photos that the seller sent me of the dust jacket.
Since the seventh, eighth, and ninth examples of the Old Clock first printing dust jacket have surfaced in rapid succession in just the last few months, I am now quite confident that more examples will surface. My theory is that the books that are now surfacing are ones that were passed on to the original owner's children, who might now be around 70 years old or so. Those children are now passing on, and their possessions are getting sold in estate sales.
2/24/11 update: As I suspected, the book was purchased to resell. It has been listed on eBay by the buyer for $8,500.