First Published 1954 by Hodder & Stoughton

Illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe
first edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
first edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Steven Handy
Nettleford series; the third book.

The story opens in the Brand's home and we get a view of young Jimmy's start to the holidays. We learn about his feelings for his friends the Richardsons from the 'Wise Owl' bookshop and Elizabeth Langton from the vicarage.
He sets off to explore on his 'machine' and the 'Nicky' and thereby finds an adventure in which his friends soon become embroiled.

First edition:
green cloth, black lettering on spine only; two different map endpapers in green ink, neither signed nor credited; 191pp; b/w frontispiece and ten illustrations; cp 8s 6d.

Other editions:
Children's Book Club:
Hardback edition, with dustwrapper; tan boards, black lettering on spine only; 191pp; two different maps on endpapers, in black; all illustrations as first edition; duatwrapper design, different to first edition, wraps to include the spine, artist not credited; cp 3s 6d.
CBC wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=37KB)
CBC edition dustwrapper
Hampton Library edition. Click to enlarge (File size=32KB)
Hampton Library edition dustwrapper
Hampton Library:
Hardback edition with dustwrapper; not dated but issued in 1964; pale blue boards; 184pp; dustwrapper showing children and caravan (not credited); original illustrations; cover price 3/6.
Armada 1971:
Paperback; Armada number C403; 159pp; no maps; ten illustrations by Joan Kiddell Monroe (not credited); cover illustration not credited; advert at rear for 'Good Dog Dandy' and 'The Secret of Galleybird Pit' 'coming in Armada June 1971'; cp dual '17½p (3/6)'.
Armada cover. Click to enlarge (File size=28KB)
Armada edition

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Created April 2001
Last updated March 2008