1 The Island of Adventure

The Island of Adventure was the first of the Adventure series to be published, in 1944.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edition 1944 (Enid Blyton)This was the first of Blyton's Adventure books, which was to grow into one of her best-loved series. We are introduced to Philip, Dinah, Jack and Lucy-Ann, and Kiki the parrot who provides much of the comic relief. They sail over to the Isle of Gloom, which is infested by foreign counterfeiters aided by the black manservant of Mrs Mannering, Philip and Dinah's mother. (For later editions this had to be rewritten to avoid unfortunate stereotyping.)

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #74-A-2, size 200.6x502mm.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edn 1948 (2nd printing) (Enid Blyton)The changes for the second printing, which is a little taller but with reduced flap width, are confined to the front flap. The paragraph spacing has been reduced a little, and the price, although unchanged, has been subtly reset with larger glyphs for the 's.' and 'd.' components.

By now the Castle and Valley titles have been published, so it's strange that the jacket makes no mention of them. (The Sea of Adventure presumably appeared after this reprint, as it was the first to be priced at 8s 6d.)

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #74-B-1, size 202.3x495mm.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edn 1955 (8th printing) (Enid Blyton)A few reprintings later the jacket is pretty similar. The author's name which had originally been incorporated into the artwork in capital letters has been carefully painted out and replaced by overprinting with the now standard script version.

The front flap text is augmented at the top and bottom due to the book's having spawned a series, and the back flap is now populated with the titles of other Blyton books. Note that this list doesn't include The River of Adventure, also published in 1955.

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #74-H-1, size 201.4x502mm.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edn 1956 (9th printing) (Enid Blyton)This 9th printing lasted eight years, during which the initial price of 9s 6d was increased several times. This was done by clipping and reprinting the latest price a little further in.

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #74-I-1, size 201.9x503 mm.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edn 1970 (12th printing) (Enid Blyton)The jacket is little changed from its earlier incarnations; the (rather narrower) flaps retain a couple of tiny stray blobs of ink which were on the originals.

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

Note: This jacket is price-clipped.

ReproJacket #74-L-1, size 202.5x466mm.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edn 1994 (13th printing) (Enid Blyton)The final printing of the original 1944 edition came in the form of a 50th anniversary facsimile edition, nearly a quarter of a century after the previous printing in 1970. And it was actually a good effort by Pan Macmillan as it had by now become. The front flap text is unaltered from the rather politically incorrect 1944 content, mentioning 'a queer black man' in a pejorative context. But they were forced to disfigure the Tresilian artwork with a large ISBN cutout on the back panel. This edition was printed on a particularly heavy paper which widened the spine; presumably because of this they decided to widen the wrap-around Tresilian artwork a little, which caused it to become taller also, and because the book height was itself unaltered they had to trim more of the artwork to the top and bottom. The author's name on the front panel reverts to an early version (like the 1956 one) but not to the very first printings, where it was actually painted onto the illustration itself.

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #74-M-1, size 202.7x466mm.