First Published 1962 by Newnes

First Edition dustwrapper.
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First Edition wrapper
Illustrated by A.R.Whitear

A young tourist appears in the mountains of Shropshire, hunting his father's legacy of the war.
He meets Peter, and David's emotions are somewhat disturbed as their relationship has arrived at a critical point. The twins are more interested in the adventure and puzzling out the latest mystery in the Mynd and Stiperstones country.

First edition: scarlet boards, gold blocking, pine tree logo front board; top page edges red; 2 different maps as endpapers; 13 chapter head illustrations; 246pp; dustwrapper front painting of couple, presumably Peter and David; rear has 4 small colour pictures of events from book; cover price 10s 6d net.
Variants of bindings reported.

Other Editions:

Children's Book Club 1963:

Hardback edition; not dated; green boards with black blocking on spine only; 246pp; map endpapers and the original illustrations; dustwrapper artwork not credited.
Advertised in magazine adverts and Book Club material in September 1963.

CBC wrapper. Click to enlarge
CBC edition

Early Armada edition. Click to enlarge and see full cover
first Armada edition
Armada 1969:

Paperback edition; text abridged to fit shorter format; 190pp; b/w frontispiece (new to this edition) not credited, almost certainly by Peter Archer; 2 maps; cover credited to Peter Archer; Armada number C291; advert at rear 'Rye Royal has now been published'; cover price dual currency '2/6 12½p'.

Reissued 1974 with different cover (not credited) as number C938; internally as earlier; cover price 30p.

Later Armada edition. Click to enlarge and see full cover
The Second Armada Edition

Collins edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
dustwrapper by
Peter Archer
Collins hardback 1974
Collins 1972:

A new revision of the text; hardback edition; brown boards, gold blocking of title and author, spine only; 135x200mm; 160pp; map after title page; no illustrations; dustwrapper illustration similar to Armada cover of 1969, not credited; ISBN 0-00-160212-8; cp80p. ( my copy has no cover price JA)
[For additional information on this edition, thanks to Steven Handy]

Jade 1990:

Paperback edition; no maps; no illustrations; text based on the original, but again revised; 189pp; cover by Ron King; cp 2.99.

Jade cover. Click to enlarge
The Jade edition

Swift edition cover. Click to enlarge
The Swift edition cover
Swift (Firecrest) 1992:

Hardback edition with pictorial board front only showing barn fire scene with the Lone Piners helping Charles put out the fire. [Mackie has gone grey !] cover picture signed 'RFB' but not otherwise credited; spine dark blue with gold lettering; no maps or illustrations; text is the same as the Jade revision from 1990, including pagination; 189pp; ISBN 0-86220-891-2; no cover price

Girls Gone By 2012:

New paperback edition with the original text, illustrations and maps and with extra articles.
The book has the wrap-around cover design of the original edition, as can be seen by enlarging the picture on the right. It has an Introduction by Steven Handy; a summary of the author's life, by Mark O'Hanlon and an illustrated Publishing History, by me. There is also a detailed note of the arrangement of the original edition's text for this edition - explaining where corrections have been considered and made.
In addition the unique frontispiece of the Armada editions, by Peter Archer, is included, as is the publisher's 'blurb' from the dustwrapper front flap. These last two as Appendices.
ISBN 978-1-84745-143-9; price at publishing (in UK only) 13 including postage.

Girls Gone By edition. Click to enlarge and see full cover
cover artwork by
A R Whitear
Girls Gone By 2012

Foreign Edition:

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cover by Badia Camps
Spanish edition
Molino 1969

Molino 1969:

Spanish translation as Misterio en la canada.
Hardback with dustwrapper by Badia Camps; 192pp; translation by M L Pol de Ramirez; 8 illustrations by Ramon Escolano; no maps.

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

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