Seven Keys to Baldpate

New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1933. Later printing. Gift inscription on the half-title page: "Welcome / To the B.H. Hendersons / 'Welcome' is always dripping from the Seven Keys to Baldpate / Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Mace / August 3, 1947." Signature stamp of the author on the front endpaper, presumably made by the Maces.

Gordon Mace and his wife Ethel settled in Estes Park, Colorado in 1911, building a cabin to live in as well as a few small tourist cabins. Within a few years the couple realized it would be profitable to build a full-size hotel on the land, beginning construction around 1915. The same year, Biggers stayed with the Maces in their cabin while traveling, and described Baldpate Hotel, the subject of his novel. The fictional hotel, much like the hotel the Maces wished to build, was seven miles south of the city and would be open only in the summertime. Biggers' Baldpate's resemblance to the hotel they wished to build enthused the Maces, and they decided to name the hotel Baldpate Inn.

Basis for the 1947 film directed by Lew Landers, starring Phillip Terry, Jacqueline White, and Jason Robards.

Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Jacket moderately rubbed, with chips at the spine ends.


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