First Published 1964 by Newnes

First Edition dustwrapper.  Click to enlarge
First Edition wrapper
Illustrated by Terry Freeman

15th in the Lone Pine series.

Jon and Penny go on a cycle ride to the Isle of Oxney, near Rye. There they befriend an elderly Major, and volunteer the others to help him open his house, Amorys, for guests.
Some Roman remains have recently been unearthed locally and some old acquaintances of the Piners are about, and trouble blows up immediately.

First edition:
Hardback with dustwrapper; blue boards, gilt blocking - front board includes pine tree logo; top of page edges coloured blue; 130x190mm; 192pp; two different map endpapers; title page vignette and 11 chapter-head illustrations.
Dustwrapper front full colour picture of group outside pub, spine separate illustration; cp 10/6.

First edition variant: my copy has a plain front board and the top edges of the page block is not coloured, otherwise as above.

Other Editions:

Children's Book Club c1965:
Hardback edition; no date; green boards; 192pp; original map and illustrations; dustwrapper not credited, shows boy being lowered into well, others around.
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Children's Book Club edition

Collins edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Collins edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Mike McGarry
Collins 1969:
Revised hardback edition; with dustwrapper.

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The Armada edition
Armada 1970:
Paperback edition; map; no illustrations; 189pp; Armada number C354; cp dual '3/6 17½p'.
Reprinted 1971/2: cp 20p; ... 1975;

Collins Budget 1971:
Hardback with pictorial front board and spine; 125x190mm; 189pp; 2 maps; no illustrations; ISBN 0-00-160221-7; no cp
Collins 'Budget' edition. Click to enlarge (File size=24KB)
Collins 'Budget' edition

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The Jade edition
Jade 1991:
Paperback edition; no map; no illustrations; cover by Ron King; cover design by Samantha Edwards; 192pp; cp 2.99

Girls Gone By 2013:
New paperback edition, using the original text and illustrations and with extra material.
130x190mm; 248pp; ISBN 978-1-84745-156-9; no cover price - but available (2013) direct from the publishers for 13 inc postage within the UK - see their site via Links above.

The cover reproduces original wrapper artwork by T R Freeman on the front and his spine picture on the back. The 'blurb' from the original front flap is reproduced on the back cover.
Additional material includes introductions by Viv Turner and Mark O'Hanlon, publishing history, by me, additional notes on The Malcolm Saville Society and related topics by Laura Hicks, and notes on the text by Sarahs Mash and Woodall.
In addition there are appendices - a complete Bibliography of Malcolm Saville's work and, a fascinating innovation for this book, extracts from two of Saville's non-fiction books - Come To London and Portrait of Rye. These extracts throw more light on the origins of the story as well as giving an indication of Saville's remarkable, and often neglected, skills as a non-fiction writer.

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cover of
new paperback edn
Girls Gone By 2013

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Molino 1969
courtesy of Steven Handy
Molino 1969:
Spanish translation as El Tesoro De Amorys Translation by M. L. Pol de Ramirez; 151 pages; no map; eight black & white illustrations by Escolano, unique to this edition; cover by Badia Camps.

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

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