THE PURPLE VALLEY

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/-.

Reprinted:
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:
TheChildrens Book Club 1965:
Hardback edition; blue boards; 214 pp; dustwrapper, not credited, shows couple hiding amongst rocks from man with rifle.
Book Club edition. Click to enlarge (File size=22KB)
Book Club dustwrapper

Girls Gone By 2017:
Planned to be published at the end of July 2017.
This will be a paperback reprint, using the full, unabridged, text from the first edition. It will also include extra material in the form of an Introduction to the book and a publishing history.
Detials will be added once the book is published.

Foreign Edition:
Grieg 1973:
Norwegian hardback edition under the title 'Den Hemmelige Dalen'.
Brown cloth, no illustrations.
Dustwrapper, if there is one, not seen.
[For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGary]
Norwegian edn spine
Norwegian edition spine
courtesy Mike McGary


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