First Published 1952 by Evans

Evans dustwrapper 1st edn.  Click to enlarge
First edition dustwrapper
Illustrated by Alice Bush

The second Buckinghams adventure finds Charles Renislau and his parents living in a quiet lost part of the North Yorkshire moors, a few miles from Whitby. Although the solitude is helping his father recover from his ordeal, Charles needs company. Naturally he thinks of his good friends Juliet and Simon Buckingham, and they travel north to the wilds of Yorkshire to join him.
They meet in Whitby, but disaster strikes as Charles' father goes missing . . .

First Edition:
Mid-blue boards, gilt lettering, title and signature front board; 130x190mm; 216pp; 2 different map endpapers, not credited; b/w 'drypoint?' style frontispiece and ten ½ page illustrations by Alice Bush.
Dustwrapper full colour, wrapping to include spine, showing three characters in Whitby, signed by Alice Bush lower right, beneath the author's surname; cp 8s 6d net; back carries advertisement for Master of Maryknoll, author photo and usual blurb on rear flap.
(on my copy there is no signature on the front board and the dustwrapper carries a repricing label for 10/6 net)

Reprinted 1961:
Pale blue boards, gilt blocking; rear of title page gives Reprinted 1961 beneath first published date; internally as the first, except that the endpiece writing by the author has been extended to include later books in the series; dustwrapper artwork the same, all text in blue as on the first, but front flap text reset and new price of 12/6 net; back of dustwrapper advertises The Master of Maryknoll and The Long Passage both priced at 10/6 net; the rear flap is missing the author photo and has the text revised to include later books.
(blank front board on my copy)

The Evans Centenary Edition 2008:
New paperback edition, published with the other two of the first three of the series, to celebrate Evans' history of children's publishing.
Size: 130x197mm; internally as the first edition, with the exception of the back of the title page carrying new publication material and the two endpaper maps have been inserted as free pages not as endpapers.
The cover has the original artwork on front and spine, although the sky has been repainted as has the bottom edge of the main picture, probably to cover damage to the source image. This has resulted in the removal of the artist's name. The words A Buckingham Story by have been inserted above the author's name.
The back of the book is dark blue with story summary and pictures of the three Buckingham titles in the Centenary set; ISBN 978-0-237-53569-8; cover price 5.99.
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Centenary Edition

Other editions:

Serial in The Children's Newspaper 1952
The first appearance of the title, so technically its 'first edition' ?
The story was serialised in the up-market children's weekly journal, more serious a publication than can be called a 'comic'. It appeared in twelve episodes, starting in the issue dated January 19th and ran continuously until final episode in the issue dated April 5th.
Each episode took up about half of page 9 in each issue, continuing onto page 10. There were no illustrations for the serial.

BBC Radio serial 1959
Adapted for radio, broadcast in four parts on Northern Region Children's Hour. First episode Saturday 28th November 1959 at 5.25pm. (Radio Times).
Its broadcast was mentioned to me by Saville in a letter in 1961, and for some time I believed that this was a repeat broadcast. I now am coming to the conclusion that it may well be the only radio broadcast of this play.
The copy of Radio Times, mentioned above, contains a pull-out supplement for Children - which has an article by Malcolm Saville about the story and an illustration by Prudence Seward.

Armada 1968:
Paperback edition, banded spine; map; no illustrations; cover credited to Peter Archer, 158pp; cp 2/6; Armada number C233

Armada cover. Click to enlarge
Armada cover
by Peter Archer

Collins edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Collins edition 1971
Collins 1971:
Revised hardback edition with dustwrapper by Peter Archer, not credited but the same illustration as used for the Armada edition; the scene depicted on the back of the Armada has been repainted, in a different arrangement, for the spine of the dustwrapper; no maps or illustrations within the book; ISBN 0-00-160602-6; cover price 75p.

reprinted 1973.

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Last updated 29th July 2016