Het Spectrum - Prisma Juniores

The Dutch publisher Het Spectrum introduced their Prisma Juniores series of 'Pocket-books' for young people at the end of the 1950s. The series included translations of books by English popular authors.
The first Malcolm Saville book to appear was De Schat in de Watermolen, their translation of Treasure at the Mill first published by Newnes two years earlier.
Was the film of the same name on which the book was based shown in Holland ?
If so, this might explain the choice of this book, or perhaps the mention of 'mill' in the title was enough to stimulate interest in Holland.
Whatever the reason, it was the first of at least eight Saville titles to be published in this paperback series.
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Prisma Juniores 1959
J 85
artist: not credited
The choice of The Luck of Sallowby as their second title is more natural. Its setting in the fens of Cambridgeshire with the flood threat from the North Sea deals with a terror only too familiar to the Dutch.
The book appeared as De Jacht op de Talisman the following year, being followed by Ontvoering in de Mist the year after, again with the Jillies, this time involved in an adventure in which canals play an important part. A setting familiar to many Dutch readers.
These explanations of the publishing order are purely conjectoral on my part but seem reasonable, at least to me !
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Prisma Juniores 1960
J 103
artist: not credited
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Prisma Juniores 1961
J 164
artist: C W Voges
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Prisma Juniores 1962
J 185
artist: not credited
The first appearance of the Lone Pine series was in 1962. Only the first four appear to have been published.
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Prisma Juniores 1962
J 194
artist: Friso
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Prisma Juniores 1962
J 197
artist: Kelfkens
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Prisma Juniores 1963
J 226
artist: De Leew
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Prisma Juniores 1963
J 232
artist: not credited
Their editions of Seven White Gates as Het Geheim van de Zeven Witte Hekken and of The Secret of Grey Walls as Het Geheim van het Eenzame Huis have illustrations by Bertram Prance, but neither of the other Lone Pine books are illustrated. They do, however, have their maps.

The Jillies books and Treasure at the Mill have some, if not all, of their original illustrations.

The first two Lone Pine books were also published in in Holland as Bel-Junior paperbacks, possibly before these editions above, and Disney brought out The Luck of Sallowby and The Gay Dolphin Adventure years later, as hardbacks.


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Illustrations copyright the artist and the respective Publishers
Text copyright John Allsup
Created December 2003
last updated July 2007