The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk

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The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
Original edition cover
Author Carolyn Keene
Cover artist Russell H. Tandy
Country United States
Language English
Series Nancy Drew stories
Genre Juvenile literature
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date
1940, 1976
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by The Clue of the Tapping Heels
Followed by The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion

The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk is the seventeenth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. It was first published in 1940 by Grosset & Dunlap.

1940 version[edit]

Nancy plans to take a trip to South America by boat,along with chums George and Bess. They have joined a tour being conducted by an exclusive girls school. A mother of one of the students protests Nancy's presence on the tour. Prior to departure, Nancy learns there are issues involving the Trenton trunk company, mostly concerning the quality of merchandise; the owner, a friend of Carson Drew, asks Nancy to interfere in daughter Doris' life and relationships, so she will marry the son of a former business partner. . . Nancy receives a Trenton trunk to take along on her trip. Nancy has her usual problems as when searching for a case with the initials ND, a case falls, or was it pushed, and hits her on the head and Nancy blacks-out. Nancy comes to some time later, but finds the door to the room locked. She then hears someone behind her and still weak from the blow on the head, Nancy faints! Nancy eventually wakes up, escapes undeterred, and continues with the mystery. Nancy must solve several mysteries: who the mysterious red-haired young man could be, why Doris is withdrawn, what is going on with the trunk company, and why Mrs. Joslin protested Nancy, as well as aiding her daughter Nelda. . . and solve mix-ups with Nelda and Nancy's "identical" (or are they?), monogrammed trunks. . .

1976 revision[edit]

On a trip to New York from the Netherlands, Nancy, Bess, and George, along with new friend Nelda, must discover why someone is warning both Nancy and Nelda, who share the same initials, and also discover where a mysterious trunk with the initials N.D. came from. Someone by the name of Otto August is using sign language-to beware of Nancy Drew and Ne! But who is Ne, and why should she beware? Join Nancy on this exciting adventure as she makes friends and solves a mystery of a man who is smuggling stolen jewelry, and stolen papers from the government of Africa, where Nelda was coming from and she was traveling to New York.


The 1940 cover art shows Nancy and George, trying to stop Nancy's trunk from being taken off the ship. The 1962 art was updated by Rudy Nappi, and shows Nancy, Bess and George, in Kennedy suits, and is much drabber in colors, but is the same scene. For the revised story in 1976, Nappi shows Nancy against a background of brown with a montage of images, including a jewel cache, included.