First Published 1963 by Heinemann

first edition wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=24KB)
first edition dustwrapper
The first book in the Marston Baines series.

We are introduced to the the thriller writer and spy and his nephew Simon in Florence.
They soon stumble into adventure and Simon finds a friend in Rosina Conway. They are aided and abetted throughout by his scientist friend Patrick Cartright.

First edition: blue boards, gold lettering on spine; 135x200mm; 213pp; d/w colour picture of Simon and Rosina, artist Aedwyn Darroll; cp 13s 6d.

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Heinemann 1970
second impression dustwrapper
1970: Second Edition.
The book is as the first edition, but the dustwrapper is reproduced in a strange blend of orange and green, as printed on orange paper; SBN 434-96203-1; cover price 25s 1.25p; rear flap has author's photo and notes on the series.

1972: Third Edition.
Again, as the first, but this time with a new dustwrapper which is in the same style as the later editions of others in the Marston Baines series. Boring artwork but an improvement on the atrocity of the second printing ! [For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGarry]

third edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Heinemann 1972
third edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Mike McGarry

Other Editions:

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Girls Gone By cover 2016
Girls Gone By 2016
New paperback edition, using the complete and unabridged original text.
Additional material includes an introduction by Tony Gillam, a Publishing history for the original book, notes on the text, a complete list of the author's books and where further information can be found, including information on this site and contact details for The Malcolm Saville Society.
as can be seen in the images, the paperback makes good use of the attractive first edition artwork, and true to the standards of the publisher has not interfered with the original text.
130x190mm; 224pp; ISBN 978-1-84745-209-2; price direct from the publishers: £13 (inclusive of postage UK)

Foreign Editions:

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Hachette 1972
cover not credited
courtesy of Mike McGarry
Hachette 1972:
French paperback edition under the title Bill Marston Contre Inconnus
No illustrations. Cover not credited.

[For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGarry]

John Griegs 1973:
Norwegian hardback edition under the title Farlig Ferie
Bound in brown cloth; with no illustrations. The dustwrapper artist is not credited.

The dustwrapper is pictured on page 183 (item FE30) of The Illustrated Bibliography [McGarry & Walker; The Malcolm Saville Society 2014] .
[For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGary]

Norwegian edn spine
Norwegian edition spine
courtesy of Mike McGarry

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Last updated 7 July 2017