First Published 1948 by Lutterworth

First Edition dustwrapper.  Click to enlarge (File Size=32KB)
First edition wrapper
courtesy of Richard Griffiths
Illustrated by Lunt Roberts

Jillies series, first book. Set in Blakeney, Norfolk.

First edition: blue boards, author's signature in silver front board; 130x190mm; 206pp; map endpapers; colour frontispiece of dustwrapper picture, titled '"There's a boat out there," she said suddenly.' and twelve b/w illustrations; Dustwrapper picture of Mandy on beach wraps to spine; cp 7s 6d.

A note on the wrapper of the first edition states that the book has been adapted for broadcast on BBC's Children's Hour. Presumably broadcast 1948.

2nd edition 1954: grey boards, silver blocking, 205pp; map eps; b/w frontispiece, the illustration formerly last in the book; and a dustwrapper by Marcia Lane Foster showing the main characters on the beach. The picture is front only, the spine having its own illustration of a redshank and shed on the dunes; cp 7s 6d
2nd edn wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=34KB)
Second edition dustwrapper
by Marcia Lane Foster

Other editions:
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First Armada edition
Armada 1963:
banded spine; cover of girl with binoculars on beach, two boys below, by Charles Stewart; map; illustrations; 160pp; C32; cp 2/6; lists only Strangers at Snowfell and Ambermere Treasure.

Reissued 1970 as C310: new cover illustration, not credited; [my copy cp 3/6 (17½p)]

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Second Armada cover

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White Lion edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Steven Handy
White Lion 1976:
Hardback edition with dustwrapper; red boards with gilt blocking; map endpapers; illustrated by Lunt Roberts; b/w frontispiece not as the first edition; 205pp; dustwrapper illustration in black and white shows Blakeney Church.

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

[Severn House (?mentioned in publicity material, but thought to be error)]

Het Spectrum 1962: (Holland)
One of of their Prisma Juniores series as De Jillies op dievenjacht.
Translation by C. F. Boltje-Beets.
paperback; reference number J 185; cover figurative with heads peering out from behind tree, not credited; map; illustrations by Lunt Roberts; 188pp
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The Het Spectrum edition

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