MYSTERY MINE

First Published 1959 by Newnes

First Edition dustwrapper  Click to enlarge
First Edition wrapper by Terry Freeman
Not Illustrated

A Lone Pine adventure set around Goathland and Whitby in the North Yorkshire Moors.

The Mortons, Warrenders and Peter join up with Harriet Sparrow on the moors above Whitby and fall into an adventure involving some old adversaries . . .

First edition: dark green boards with black blocking, or light green with gilt blocking; title, author and pine tree logo on front board; page block top edge green; two different map endpapers; no illustrations; 247pp full colour wrap-round dustwrapper by Terry Freeman; cover price 10/6 NET.


Other Editions:

CBC edition wrapper. Click to enlarge and see spine as well
CBC edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Mike McGary
Children's Book Club c1960?:
No publishing date given, only the copyright date of the first edition. Under the Net Book Agreement, current at this time, no Book Club, or paperback, edition could be published within a year of the first edition , so 1960 would be its earliest possible date. It could have appeared several years later. A dated inscription in a copy might give us a clue !

Hardback edition; blue boards, black sans serif lettering on spine, tirle and author only; both maps as endpapers; 247pp; pagination exactly as first, same printing blocks, same printer; Newnes name removed and replaced with the CBC name and address on the title page; dramatic dustwrapper illustration by S G Mackie different to that on the first edition.
No price given, but would have probably cost subscribers four shillings, the advertised costs in 1960 and 1962 .


Hamlyn 'Merlin' 1968:
Paperback edition; 188pp; 2 maps in text; colour cover and six b/w illustrations by Michael Whittlesea; cp 2/6; Merlin number M28.
Merlin cover. Click to enlarge and see full cover
Merlin edition cover


Collins Budget edition. Click to enlarge
Collins Budget edition
Collins Budget 1972:
Hardback edition; 123x188mm; pictorial boards; revised edition; 157pp; one map; ISBN No. 0-00-160231-4; no cover price.


Armada 1979:
Paperback edition; Armada number C1612; 157pp; one map only; no illustrations; cover not credited; cp 60p.
Armada cover. Click to enlarge and see full cover
Armada cover


Goodchild edition wrapper. Click to enlarge and see full picture
Goodchild edition dustwrapper
Goodchild 1987:
Hardback, revised edition; brown cloth, gold blocking along spine only; 243pp; no map, no illustrations; wrap-around dustwrapper picture by Gordon King; cp £7.25 net.


Girls Gone By 2011:
New edition, re-establishing the full text of the original and with extra articles etc as described: paperback; 130x190mm; 280pp; both maps, on pages 28-9 and 30-31; ISBN: 978-1-84745-120-0.
The cover artwork by Terry Freeman is reproduced in full on the cover (as can be seen in the enlarged picture). Introduction by ViV Turner is followed by a short piece from Peter Griffiths of his memory of the cover artist. Mark O'Hanlon's introduction to the author follows, and some further information from Laura Hicks. The Publishing History follows - written by Mike McGarry with full illustrations of the other editions of the book, and including an illustration by Carlos Giménez from the Spanish edition; the publishers 'blurb from the front flap of the dustwrapper reproduced in Appendix I; Appendix II has the full set of Michael Whittlesea's illustrations from the Merlin paperback edition.

(N.B. This edition is now out of print.)

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cover of the new paperback edition
Girls Gone By 2011


Foreign edition:

Molino 1969:
Spanish hardback edition as MISTERIO EN LA MINA
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Spanish edition cover
by Badia Camps
Number 90 in the publisher's Coleccion Aventura series.
Translation by Maria Lourdes Pol de Ramirez; 208pp; six black and white illustrations in the text by Carlos Gimenez.
Cover (and presumably dustwrapper) artwork by Badia Camps.
[For information on this edition, and illustration, thanks to Steven Handy]


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