THE MARK ON THE MIRROR: A Judy Bolton Mystery, #15.
Edition: First edition.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1942. Hardcover first edition - My favorite series as a young girl: I liked them for the realism: Judy starts out as a high school girl, has some of the usual problems all kids encounter including misunderstandings among friends, etc, is a little older and more mature in each book - in fact, she gets married, and eventually she and her husband even adopt a child. (This story opens with Judy planning her wedding. ) Although I didn't know any of the history of the series at the time I was reading them, the "mysteries" are mostly based on actual events, the town is the town where Sutton grew up. Unlike most of the other series books published by Grosset and Dunlap, this was not part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Margaret Sutton was a real woman, writing under her own name. Because of the opposition of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, this series did not have the extensive reprinting that the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys had. Hard to find in the thicker original format bound in lime green cloth with pink illustrated 'staircase' endpapers. Precedes the copies issued 'under wartime conditions.' 206 pp plus 7 pages of advertisements at rear of book, including the Judy Bolton series listing to only #12, Nancy Drew to #18 and the Dana Girls to #9. Plain frontispiece, burgundy topstain. Dust jacket lists to this title on the front flap, Beverly Gray's Quest on the rear flap.
Condition: Near fine condition with the usual toning to the pages; the 'white spine' dust jacket is very good with only minor edgewear.