FEATURES: THE TOWER TREASURE BY: FRANKLIN W. DIXON
A) CONDITION BOOK: VERY GOOD - HARD BOUND
B) CONDITION DUST JACKET: ABSENT
C) FIRST EDITION / LATER PRINTING - GROSSET; DUNLAP CIRCA 1934. [ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1927]
D) NOTE: FIRST BOOK OF THE EXTENSIVE HARDY BOYS SERIES. SIX PAGES OF ADS. INTERESTING SIDELINE ATTACHED. 214 PAGES.
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The Tower Treasureis the first volume in the originalThe Hardy BoysMystery Storiespublished byGrosset & Dunlap. The book ranks 55th onPublishers Weekly's All-Time Bestselling Children's Book List for the United States, with 2,209,774 copies sold as of 2001.This book is one of the "Original 10", generally considered by historians and critics of children's literature to be the best examples of all the Hardy Boys, andStratemeyer Syndicate, writing.
This book was written for theStratemeyer SyndicatebyLeslie McFarlanein 1927.Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes were systematically revised as part of a project directed byHarriet S. Adams, Edward Stratemeyer's daughter.While some volumes only had minor changes, the original version of this book had the plot significantly rewritten in 1959 by Adams.
The story begins with Frank and Joe Hardy barely avoiding being hit by a speeding driver, who they notice has bright red hair. Later, this same red-haired driver attempts a ferry boat ticket office robbery and successfully steals a yellow jalopy called Queen from the Hardys' friend, Chet Morton. Due to one witness reporting that the villain had dark hair, the Hardys assume he is using a red wig. It is learned that the thief returned to Chet's home to steal a tire, helping Frank and Joe to find Queen abandoned in a public wooded area.