First Published 1964 by Heinemann

third impression wrapper. Click to enlarge)
Dusterapper of the
third impression
Heinemann 1970
The second book in the Marston Baines series. Set in Oxford and Provence.

First edition: Blue boards, gilt lettering spine only; 215pp; endword and press opinions of Two Towers in Tuscany at rear; dustwrapper mainly blue with two figures looking to hills; cover price 15/-.

1970 second impression:
Hardback, blue boards with silver blocking; rear of p215 has 'Some Press Opinions' on this book and its predecessor; dustwrapper artwork is as the first; its rear describes the two books: The Purple Valley and Three Towers in Tuscany; rear d/w flap blank; SBN 434-96202-3; cover price 25s 1.25 net.
1973 third impression:
Hardback, blue boards with silver blocking; 215pp; dustwrapper as first, but all six in series, then in print, decribed on rear of d/w; rear flap advertises Come to London; front flap has rewritten and shorter blurb, SBN number and price; SBN 434-96202-3; cover price 1.50 net.
Later price-clipped and over-printed 2.00; (later still clipped further and a small adhesive label 'Heinemann' affixed with a new price - possibly reduction ?.( My copy torn - '95' visible).

Other editions:
The Childrens Book Club 1965:

Hardback edition; plain blue boards; 214 pp; dustwrapper, not credited, shows couple hiding amongst rocks from man with rifle.
The date of the CBC edition is given on the back of the title page.

Book Club edition. Click to enlarge
Children's Book Club 1965

Girls Gone By
Girls Gone By 2017:

The second book in the series appeared iun the last week in July. It follows the pattern of the other books from this publisher, using the entire, unabridged text.
There are 256 pages in all, with eighteen pages of notes, including a ten page introduction by Stephen Bigger.
The publishing history includes a picture of the cover of the Norwegian edition, below.
It is another excellent addition to the collector's shelf, as the original copies available are mainly worn, ex-library books.
The cost, if bought direct from the publishers, is £13. They now only print enough to cover the expected demand, based on the number of pre-publication orders. So, if you haven't ordered one you'll be wise to move quickly.
Dealers will order from the publishers, so when the book goes 'out of print' stocks will still be with several dealers.

Foreign Edition:
Grieg 1973:
Norwegian hardback edition under the title 'Den Hemmelige Dalen'.
Brown cloth, no illustrations.

The book's dustwrapper, which is not credited, is illustrated in colour on page 183 (item FE28) of The Illustrated Bibliography [McGarry & Walker; The Malcolm Saville Society. 2014].
[For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGary]

Norwegian edn spine
Norwegian edition spine
courtesy Mike McGary

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