First Published 1949 by Lutterworth

Illustrated by D. L. Wynne
Dustwrapper 1st edn.  Click to enlarge
first edition dustwrapper
The third book in the Jillies series.

Mandy, Prue and Tim set off for Scotland by train, joined by their old friends Mark and Guy Standing.
A mysterious stranger in a Camel Coat attracts their attention, then they are joined in their compartment by a mysterious, but likeable, John Smith.
The mystery takes hold when the train is snow-bound over Shap Fell in Westmorland and John Smith goes missing.
Bravely, the Jillies and Standings set out from the train into the snow . . .

First edition 1949: blueish grey boards; 130x190mm; silver lettering on spine and signature front board; 321pp; patterned endpapers with repeated head portraits of the Jillies; colour frontispiece is detail from wrapper picture; 12 b/w illustrations; 12 other Saville books listed; (LP to Lone Pine Five). Dustwrapper colour picture, wrapping to include spine, of Jillies descending from snow-bound train; front flap shows illustrations of the main characters; rear flap bears a photograph of the author; cp 7s 6d.

2nd impression 1951: identical to First edition, but bears 'second impression 1951' beneath first edition date on reverse of title page.

Other Editions:
first Armada cover. Click to enlarge
First Armada cover
by Charles Stewart
Armada 1963:
192pp; full wrap around cover painting by Charles Stewart; text illustrations by Wynne; Armada number C22; cp 2/6 on front.

Reissued 1967: with a new cover by Peter Archer (first printing retains earlier credit to Stewart); new number C178; 192pp; illustrated as earlier issue; cp 2/6.

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Second Armada cover
by Peter Archer
White Lion 1975:
Hardback edition; blue boards; gilt block; 231pp; illustrated by Wynne; dustwrapper illustration not credited.
[For information on this edition, thanks to Steven Handy]
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White Lion dustwrapper
not credited
courtesy of Steven Handy

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Created April 2001
Last updated 13th May 2016