First Published 1954 by Collins

First edition.  Click to enlarge (File size=40KB)
Collins 1954
First Edition
illustrated by Joan Wanklyn

Set in Punchbowl Farm, Surrey.

First edition: orange boards, silver blocking; overall size smaller than many other firsts: 135x190mm; 192pp; map endpapers, first version not credited; title page vignette and 16 chapter-head illustrations (circa 1/3 page).
Dustwrapper advertises 'The Wanderer', 'Punchbowl Midnight' Spirit of Punchbowl Farm' and 'Black Hunting Whip' on the back, and 'No Entry', 'The Midnight Horse', 'Cargo of Horses' and 'The White Riders' inside the back flap; cover price 8s 6d.

Reprinted: 1959: [Crown edition according to ME list, presumably changed to a six-shilling edition by inflation}
same overall size as first edition; red boards, black blocking, serif lettering with star between author and title; 192pp; internally as first except for This Edition 1959 on rear of title page.
Dustwrapper as first except that it advertises on the back 'The Nightbird', 'Operation Seabird' and 'No Entry' and on the back flap ''Frenchman's Secret', 'The Wanderer' and 'No Mistaking Corker'. Cover price 6s net.
[For information on this dustwrapper, thanks to Matthew Hyde]

Other Editions:

Armada 1966:
Armada number C150; cover Mary Gernat; original illustrations; 158pp; reprinted ..c.1969 when number C146 on spine.
Armada edition. Click to enlarge.
Armada cover

New Portway dustwrapper. Click to enlarge
The New Portway dustwrapper
by Ann Bennett
New Portway 1974:
Published by Cedric Chivers
Hardback edition;135x195mm; red cloth with gilt blocking down spine; text and illustrations as first; 192pp; half-title has the original 'blurb' from the first edition; dedication to Ruth Loarridge is omitted; same pagination as the first edition; original maps used front and back of book, but not affixed to boards; dustwrapper full wrap-around design by Ann Bennett; ISBN 0-85594-942-2; cover price £2.20 (L.A.Members £1.65)

The front flap of the dustwrapper also states:
Reprinted by Cedric Chivers Ltd. of Bath at the request of the London & Home Counties Branch of the Library Association.

Girls Gone By 2013:
New paperback edition. ISBN 978-1-84745-158-3. Introductory articles by William Morris, Brian Parks and Joy Wotton and Publishing History by me, all of which are illustrated. Joan Wanklyn's cover artwork used on this edition, the spine illustration appearing on the back (this can be seen by clicking the picture right).

The full text, map and illustrations from the original book are included, and the interesting 'notes on the text' where any 'corrections' to the text for this edition are scrupulously noted, including apparent errors left untouched. If only all publishers were so honest and professional about their work !

The book is available from the publishers at £13 post-paid in UK (June 2013)

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Girls Gone By
paperback cover

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