illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam
'In this book you can share with Tamzin and Rissa (whom you may have met before in Wish for a Pony, The Summer
of the Great Secret and The Midnight Horse) another high adventure on the Romney Marsh.
This is an autumn and wintertime story, and is centred in and around the solitary farmhouse of the Merrow family,
where Tamzin and Rissa keep house for the shepherd and his son in Mrs. Merrow's absence.
Here they grapple with domestic problems and the hazards which arise from a plan by some city men to build a holiday camp.|
Disguising themselves as the dreaded White Riders, they gallop with their friends Meryon and Roger over the marsh at midnight, and by other daring schemes succeed in beating back the invaders. But it is a close and perilous fight.
Monica Edwards has lived for years on Walland Marsh, and this is the part of Romney Marsh that she knows best.
All her backgrounds are accurately drawn, and though some of the names have been altered, the castle, the ferry,
the farmhouse, the Vicarage and all the rest, are there for you to see if you should some day find yourself on
Walland's wide, wet and windy acres.'
Hardback with dustwrapper; red boards, gold blocking; plain front board; 135x200mm; 254pp; no map; title page vignette, endpiece and 14 line illustrations, 4 full page; the title page also carries the publication date 1950 at the bottom, as is normal for Collins first editions.
Dustwrapper: atmospheric painting of ghostly riders around Camber, or Cloudesey, Castle at night, signed and dated Geoffrey Whittam '49 at bottom right. The scene is continued to include the spine where a single mounted rider stands.
The back of the dustwrapper advertises More Pony Books and lists The Midnight Horse, No Mistaking Corker and The Summer of the Great Secret under Monica Edwards, and the books of The three riding-and-writing sisters, Christine, Diana and Josephine Pullein-Thompson.
The rear flap carries an advertisement and subscription form for "COLLINS" FOR BOYS AND GIRLS describing it as A Book published in Canada.
The front flap carries the cover price 8s. 6d.net. All the text on this dustwrapper is in blue.
Collins 'six shilling edition' 1960:
Hardback with dustwrapper; red boards, black blocking; title in lower case with leading capitals, author in capitals, both serif style and separated by a star; smaller than the first edition, 5"x7.5" (190x127mm); blank endpapers; 254pp; title page vignette, endpiece and 14 b/w illustrations.
Rear of title page states:
paperback with wrap round cover design by Geoffrey Whittam; 239pp; original illustrations; Puffin Story Book No. 95; cover price 2/6.
reprinted with slight cover differences:
Goodchild 1984: |
revised by the author; 22cm; 216pp; 'copy' of the later map on the endpapers; no illustrations.
Dustwrapper similar to original, by Gordon King
This edition is still listed as available from Amazon.co.uk.
Girls Gone By 2016
New paperback edition published in October 2016.
In addition it has , following the text of The White Riders, a reprinting of
The Telegram, a short story by Monica Edwards, making its first
appearance in print for fifty years.
The book's design follows the usual pattern for the series, the spine artwork is reproduced
on the back of the cover, alongside the text 'blurb' from the front flap of the first edition's dustwrapper.
Rabén & Sjögren (Stockholm) 1959:|
as De vita ryttarna.
Hardback edition; no dustwrapper, pictorial front board with cover artwork from the Puffin edition; 177 pages; no illustrations.
Joy Wotton has (Sept 2009) found it listed in the current library catalogue of Canberra Braille Transcribers:
No date or detail given.