This is the second of my Birth Year Reading Challenge posts. To read more about the challenge, please visit J. G. at the Hotchpot Café. I’ve changed the rules a little by concentrating on books by Enid Blyton. She was a prolific and successful writer, which is how she came to have forty books published in the year of my birth. Last week, I shared twenty books published in 1948, and today I’m sharing the rest.
The Boy with the Loaves and Fishes and The Little Girl at Capernaum were both published by the Lutterworth Press one in May and the other in November 1948. The illustrations are by Elsie Walker.
The Saucy Jane Family (Caravan Family No. 2) was also published by the Lutterworth Press in 1948, colour frontis by Ruth Gervis. This story was originally serialised in Playways Magazine in 1946.
Enid Blyton Readers No. 7 published in April 1948 with illustrations by Eileen Soper.
Just Time for a Story published my Macmillan in October 1948. I've shared the dust jacketed edition because I love the Eileen Soper artwork. This, however, may not be a 1st edition because according to a bibliography of Enid Blyton’s work, the original publication didn't have a dust jacket. Apparently, there were 23,000 copies printed in that first edition which just shows the popularity of Enid Blyton at the time.
The Sea of Adventure published by Macmillan in May 1948. The dust jacket illustration is by Stuart Tresilian. This is one of the three books already in my collection, so I don't need to look for this one.
The Mystery of the Hidden House (Find-Outers Mystery No. 6). Published by Methuen in November 1948. I sold dozens of copies of this during my years as a bookseller, now I'm kicking myself for not keeping one!
The Third Year at Malory Towers published by Methuen in October 1948. Dust jacket illustration by Stanley Lloyd.
Come to the Circus published by George Newnes, July 1948
I've seen copies of Josie, Click and Bun but not More About Josie, Click and Bun so this one might prove hard to find. Published by George Newnes in February 1948. Story told in pictures with illustrations by Dorothy M. Wheeler.
Let's Have a Story and We Want a Story both published by H. A. & W. L. Pitkin in 1948.
My Enid Blyton Brer Rabbit Book published by Purnell with illustrations by Grace Lodge.
The Third Holiday Book, published by Sampson Low, Marston in October 1948. I do love these books and will be happy to add this one to my collection. Many well-known illustrators contributed pictures, including Helen Jacobs, Mary Kendal Lee, Grace Lodge, Eileen Soper and Hilda Boswell.
The Adventures of Pip and More Adventures of Pip, both published by Sampson Low, Marston. These might also be tricky to find as I've only ever seen copies without the dust jackets.
Tales After Tea Published in November 1948 by T. Werner Laurie. The pretty dust jacket is by Eileen A Soper.
I could leave the next three out because they are activity books rather than story books. However, they were published in the ‘right’ year, and I rather like them, so I will try to find them. The publishers didn’t miss a trick when it came to exploiting the popularity of Enid Blyton, and it appears their ploy is still working. The titles are: Enid Blyton's Road Safety Colouring Book, Enid Blyton's Merry Christmas Cards for you to colour and Enid Blyton's Birthday Cards Colouring Book.
Sunny Stories Calendar 1948. I really should leave this one out. It's not a book and it must have been published in 1947 but I like it and this is my list – right? I will probably have the devils own job trying to find it but when was a challenge ever supposed to be easy. 😉 I might have to resort to the Internet to find it but not until I’ve exhausted all other avenues.
I finished typing the above paragraph and then went to eBay with no real hope of one being available. Would you believe it, there is one for sale at £125.00 (US$156)? Um, I won’t be buying that then. It may be sold or no longer available when you read this, but if you want to take a look the item number is 192069080028.
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Having assembled my list, I’m now hoping to find a first edition copy of each book. Some are readily available online, but as I’m on a limited budget, I hope to find them in second-hand book shops, charity shops, flea markets and the like. If I’m successful I will let you know in a future post or posts. If you don’t hear another word, you will know I’ve failed miserably. Wish me luck!