Newcastle upon Tyne: Harold Hill & Son Limited, 1953. First British Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good / Good. Item #068482
First UK edition. Crisp, clean pages except for a small brown spot on the bottom edge of page 174, a band of toning along each of the hinges on the red-and-white pictorial endpapers, and a hint of age-toning starting around the page block edges; no owners' marks; square, secure binding, full tea green cloth cover showing only little taps at three free corners, a spot of adhesive residue at the lower right rear, some softening, rubbing, and fading at spine ends, and a pair of brown specks at the lower front, otherwise excellent. Jacket, though priceclipped, moderately sunned along the spine with a gray streak, a short and thin scuff, and a pair of black specks, toned at the bottom right rear where clear tape was used to close an edge tear, and showing open chipping at spine ends and corners and closed tears and creases along the heel edges, remains vivid and striking. Inkstamped cloth cover illustration is a silhouette of the Hardy Boys; endpapers depict the boys spying across a river; front interior flap lists titles through "The Secret of Skull Mountain", back flap advertises Enid Blyton's "Now for a Story", 5/- net, and a film tie-in edition of Alcott's "Little Women" priced at 3s 6d.