PUNCHBOWL MIDNIGHT


First Published 1951 by Collins

First edn d/w.  Click to enlarge)
Collins 1951
First Edition
illustrated by Charles Tunnicliffe

Set in Punchbowl Farm, Surrey.

Lindsey Thornton is faced with the difficulty of protecting the local deer from the wrath of the farmers. She is joined by Tamzin, on holiday from Sussex, and together they manage to have some effect on local events. Beautifully illustrated throughout in black and white.

First edition: blue boards, gold blocking; 135x198mm; 254pp; map endpapers (version 1, not credited); 15 b/w illustrations, none full page.
Dustwrapper back advertises White Boots by Noel Streatfeild and Isle of Strangers by Ralph Hammond; rear flap has advertisement for Collins Magazine; the front flap carries the cover price 8s 6d net.


Other Editions:

Collins 1955 'Crown Library' or 'Six Shilling' edition
Blue boards with gold blocking (but see below - variants); smaller than the first, 130x190mm; 254pp; map eps but this edition has the first map with alterations: both the 'Deer Corral' and 'To Highnoons village' are removed; all original illustrations; rear of half title lists books up to Punchbowl Harvest; the reverse of the title page bears the statement:

FIRST PUBLISHED 1951
THIS EDITION 1955
The dustwrapper has the same illustration as the first edition. However, on the back are advertisements for The Wanderer, Punchbowl Midnight, Spirit of Punchbowl Farm, and Black Hunting Whip; the inside of the back flap advertises No Entry, The Midnight Horse, Cargo of Horses and Storm Ahead.
The cover price is printed as 8s 6d, but this has been covered up with a circular red sticker having '6/-' surrounded with the words 'Collins' above and 'net.' below.
[For original information on this edition, thanks to Matthew Hyde]

Variant bindings:

1. Red cloth with black blocking.
2. Light blue cloth with dark blue blocking.
Both copies as above, and with the same later dustwrapper. The red cloth one price-clipped, the blue has the cover price of '8s 6d net'.

* This is presumably the edition described by Monica Edwards as '1956 six shilling edition' in her records. (The 8/6 price is a puzzle). *

CBC edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Children's Book Club edition
Children's Book Club 1953:
Hardback with dustwrapper; green boards with black sans serif lettering of author and title on spine only; 130x190mm; 254pp; dated ; dustwrapper not as the original, but attractive: the front picture is a coloured version of the pictures on pages 27 and 68 of the first edition, combined together. The spine illustration is not from the book (see enlarged image); the text illustrations are as the original; Available at 3/6 to members of Foyle's Children's Book Club.

Armada 1963:
Paperback edition; map and 13 of the original illustrations; 192pp; cover by Sheila Rose; Armada number C50; cover price 2/6.
Armada cover.
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cover by
Sheila Rose
Armada edition 1963

Goodchild edition. Click to see full d/w
Goodchild 1986
Goodchild 1986:
Hardback edition; revised by the author; 22cm; 224pp; no illustrations.
ISBN 0-86391-072-6
The dustwrapper by Gordon King has an illustration of the same scene as the original Tunnicliffe one, with the addition of the rest of the deer hunters shown on the back panel.
This edition still listed as available from Amazon.co.uk.

Girls Gone By Publishers 2011:
New paperback edition.

As is usual with these editions, the story is presented in full and with the original map and illustrations from the first edition.
Once again, Shelley Edwards has provided a new and delightful Preface, unique to this edition. As with the other prefaces she has provided - for all the previous books republished by Girls Gone By, it is illustrated with family photographs, mostly taken by Monica Edwards.

The regular illustrated articles on Monica Edwards: the Person and the Books, by Joy Wotton and articles by Brian Parks on The Real Devil's Punch Bowl and The Unknown Sailor are followed by my Publishing History of this book.
The book has 290 pages, the first 51 being extra material and is well bound, as all these editions, with the original artwork on the front cover, the rear showing the spine artwork from the first edition and the 'blurb' from the front flap of the original dustwrapper. (Full cover shown in enlarged picture)

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the GGBP edition cover
2011


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Last updated 20th Sept 2013