illustrated by Joan Wanklyn
Lindsey has problems with the infuriating colt Chalice whose escapes torment the Thorntons.
First edition: pale blue boards with dark blue blocking; 135x190mm;
253pp; map endpapers (first version, not credited); title page vignette and
9 b/w half-page illustrations.
The text finishes on page 253. The following page is an advertisement for the Collins Magazine - with subscription details.
Dustwrapper: full colour picture of girl confronting frightened colt at night, spine picture similar; rear gives three crits of her work and lists eight other titles; rear flap has a subscription form for the Collins Magazine; the front flap has the book's cover price of 8s. 6d. net.
2nd impression 1953: light blue boards with impressed
gilt blocking including star; 'COLLINS', on base, is in smaller sized blocking;
overall size of the book is the same as the first.
There is no date on front of the title page, but:
[this is the six shilling edition listed in ME's notebook as 1956]
Red cloth; serif lettering on spine with star between author and title, internally as first edition, but rear of the title page states:
Children's Book Club 1955:
Green boards, black blocking on spine only, identical to first, including the star between title and author, but no publisher; title page bears Book Club inprint and reverse bears This Edition 1955; 125x190mm; 253pp; all illustrations but no maps.
Dustwrapper picture wraps to include the spine, poor illustration of foal in field, not credited; rear lists forthcoming books in CBC; cover price 3s 6d
Armada number C213; 192pp; cover by Mary Gernat; all the original illustrations; title page vignette placed on page opposite Chapter One.
Both cover and illustration artists are credited on the title page.
The original endpaper map has been replaced by the later one by Charles Green and appears immediately after the title page; the cover price '2/6' is printed bottom right on the front cover.
Reprinted, circa 1970, with the new dual price of '3/6 (17½p)'.
Girls Gone By 2012:
New paperback edition.
279 pages; The original story is reproduced here in its full text, along with its map and all the original illustrations. As with all these editions, there are extras included, in this case the short story Sure Magic - originally published in 1955 and reprinted several times in other collections. This is also presented with its original illustrations as well as other artists' illustrations from later publications.
The publishing histories for both these works are added, that of the book by myself and for Sure Magic by Clarissa Cridland.
Two articles by Brian Parks are also included: The London to Portsmouth Road and The Real Devil's Punchbowl. Joy Wotton's articles on the linked books and extra information follow, as does a detailed report on the text of the original work and of this edition, provided by Sarah Mash and Sarah Woodall.
This is the sixteenth Monica Edwards title published by Girls Gone By and the first to appear without a preface by Shelley, Monica Edwards' daughter. Sadly, but understandably, Shelley has found it increasingly difficult to find new material after spending the best part of eight years revisiting the past and revealing anecdotes of life on the farm in her youth. Her 15 prefaces have provided a wonderful insight into those days. We must be grateful for those. Thank you so much Shelley.