First Published 1957 by Newnes

First Edition dustwrapper.  Click to enlarge (File Size=56KB)
First Edition wrapper by Charles Wood
Not Illustrated

Jon and Penny Warrender visit the Mortons in London and fall into a dangerous adventure around the capital's streets. The Morton twins play a crucial role, as does a neighbourhood antique shop. Its owner's grand-daughter, Harriet, is later to become a Lone Pine Club member.

First Edition: tan boards, dark green blocking; top page edges green; two different map eps; no illustrations but title page vignette of Mackie; 255pp; d/w Charles Wood: wrap around painting of Jon and Penny on Thames embankment; cp 10s 6d.

Other Editions:

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first Armada edition
Armada 1965:
Paperback edition; cover by Peter Archer - predominantly blue with boys on roof looking down through skylight; one map only; no illustrations but title page vignette of Mackie; 156pp; cp 2/6; Armada number C137.

Reissued 1972: with new number C565; cover predominantly red with picture of two boys struggling with man; 185pp; map redrawn; new impression 1979: cp 60p.

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Second Armada

Collins edition wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=27KB)
Collins edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Steven Handy
Collins 1970: revised hardback edition with dustwrapper; red boards with gold blocking on spine; one map, after foreword; ISBN 0-00-160208-x; dustwrapper illustration not credited but very similar to Armada edition cover.
[For information on this edition, thanks to Steven Handy]

Collins Budget 1972:
Hardback edition with illustrated boards; 185pp; top edge blue; ISBN 0-00-160226-8
Budget edn cover. Click to enlarge
Collins Budget edition
courtesy of Mike McGarry

Goodchild edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Goodchild edition dustwrapper
by Gordon King
courtesy of Mike McGarry
Goodchild 1986:
revised hardback edition; 192pp; dustwrapper by Gordon King.

Girls Gone By November 2010:
Mary Cadogan's new introduction to this book is followed by a brief article on the author by Mark O'Hanlon and an article on the story's locations and period history by George Jasieniecki.
This is followed by the book's illustrated publishing history and notes on the text of the book.

The story is reproduced in the full text of the first edition. Although there are no illustrations, as in the original, both of the maps are included.
The beautiful dustwapper is reproduced in full as a wrap around cover - as can be seen in the enlarged image from the thumbnail (right). This has meant that the publisher's 'blurb' from the front flap - normally reproduced on the rear cover of the Girls Gone By editions, now appears as an appendix.
A lovely book - a classic and well produced; 282 pages; original cp 12 including postage within UK from the publishers. ISBN 978-1-84745-100-2
(N.B. This edition is now out of print.)

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Girls Gone By
edition 2010

Foreign edition

Molino 1967:
Spanish translation, as El Misterio de los Falsificadores.
Hardback edition with dustwrapper. 175pp; no illustrations; number 75 in the 'Serie Aventura'.
Translation by M L Pol de Ramirez.
Cover artwork, repeated on the dustwrapper, by Badia Camps.

[For illustration of, and information on, this edition thanks to Steven Handy]

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Molino edition cover by
Badia Camps

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