Sunday, 10 July 2011

Is your Noddy Book a first edition?


How can you tell if your Noddy book is a first edition?  It’s no easy task but there are a few things you can try. Most importantly always look for books that are complete with their dust jackets. Having the dust jacket will allow you to check other titles listed (if any).  If later titles from the series are shown, the book you are holding is not a first edition. 


The following notes should be helpful but please don’t spend large amounts of money on Noddy books without first conducting your own research.



Book 1: Noddy goes to Toyland; Published 1949
Undated, rounded spine and should include the full Sampson Low Marston & Co Ltd address,25 Gilbert Street,LondonW1 on the title page. It should have a dust jacket which describes only this book on a plain white front flap with the original price of 3s. 6d. net and mentions Toby Twirl and Nicholas Thomas on the back flap. The colouring on both the book and dust jacket should be the same. Illustrations by Harmsen Van der Beek

Book 2: Hurrah for little Noddy; Published 1950
Undated, rounded spine and should include the full Sampson Low Marston & Co Ltd address,25 Gilbert Street,LondonW1 on the title page. It should have a dust jacket which describes only the first two books on the front flap with the original price of 3s 6d net. Lists Toby Twirl 1 & 2 and Nicholas Thomas 1 & 2 on the back flap. The pink letters on the front cover are very pale; the colouring on both the book and dust jacket should be the same. Illustrated by Harmsen Van der Beek

Book 3: Noddy and his Car; Published 1951
Undated, rounded spine and should include the full Sampson Low Marston & Co Ltd address,25 Gilbert Street,LondonW1 on the title page. It should have a dust jacket with the original price of 3s. 6d. net on the front flap. Lists Toby Twirl 1 2 3 and Nicholas Thomas 1 2 & 3 on the back flap. Illustrations by Harmsen Ven der Beek

Book 4: Here Comes Noddy Again; Published 1951
Undated, rounded spine and should include the full Sampson Low Marston & Co Ltd address,25 Gilbert Street,LondonW1 on the title page. It should have a dust jacket which described the first three books and The Big Noddy Book on the front flap with the original price of 3s. 6d. net. Lists Toby Twirl 1 2 3& 4 and Nicholas Thomas 1 2 & 3 on the back flap. Illustrations by Harmsen Van der Beek

Book 5: Well Done Noddy; Published 1952
Undated, rounded spine and should include the full Sampson Low Marston & Co Ltd address,25 Gilbert Street,LondonW1 on the title page. It should have a dust jacket which described just this book on the front flap with the original price of 3s 6d net. The back flap shows ‘the children’s library’ little books just like this one (Nicholas Thomas, Toby Twirl and Noddy) on the back flap. Illustrations by Harmsen Van der Beek

Book 6: Noddy Goes to School; Published 1952
Undated, rounded spine and should include the full Sampson Low Marston & Co Ltd address,25 Gilbert Street,LondonW1 on the title page. This was the same for all editions up to the end of 1952. It should have a dust jacket which shows ‘The Children’s Library’ on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Harmsen Van der Beek.

Book 7: Noddy at theSeaside; Published 1953
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and C. A. Publications, Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket with a pictorial front flap and details of ‘The Children’s Library’ on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Harmsen Van der Beek.

Book 8: Noddy Gets into Trouble; Published 1954
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and C. A. Publications Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket with a pictorial front flap and details of ‘The Children’s Library’ on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Mary Brooks.

Book 9: Noddy and the Magic Rubber; Published 1954
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and Pleiades Books Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket with a pictorial front flap and details of ‘The Children’s Library’ on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Peter Wienk and Robert Tyndall.

Book 10: You Funny little Noddy; Published 1955
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd & Pleiades Books Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket with a pictorial front flap and details of ‘The Children’s Library’ on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Peter Wienk.

Book 11: Noddy Meets Father Christmas; Published 1955
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd & C. A. Publications Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket with a pictorial front flap and details of ‘The Children’s Library’ on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Mary Brooks.

Book 12: Noddy and Tessie Bear; Published 1956

Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and Dennis Dobson Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-12 in the series on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Lee.
Book 13: Be Brave Little Noddy; Published 1956
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and Dennis Dobson Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos. 1-13 in the series on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Peter Wienk.

Book 14: Noddy and the Bumpy Dog; Published 1957
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and Dennis Dobson Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-14 in the series on the back flap. This is the only book in the Noddy series not to have a picture of Noddy at the top of the spine, but this was added in later editions. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Lee and Robert Tyndall.

Book 15: Do Look Out Noddy; Published 1957
Undated, square spine, publishers details on the title page ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and Dennis Dobson Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-15 in the series on the back flap. Original price 3s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Lee and Robert Tyndall.

Book 16: You're a Good Friend Noddy; Published 1958
Copyright date on title page © 1958, square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and D. V. Publications, Ltd. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-16 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Lee and Robert Tyndall.

Book 17: Noddy has an Adventure; Published; 1958
Copyright date on title page © 1958, square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and Dennis Dobson Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-17 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Lee and Robert Tyndall.

Book 18: Noddy Goes to Sea; Published 1959
Copyright date on title page © 1959, square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and Dennis Dobson Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-18 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Peter Wienk.

Book 19: Noddy and the Bunkey; Published 1959
Copyright date on title page © 1959, square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and The Richards Press Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-19 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Tyndall.

Book 20: Cheer up Little Noddy; Published 1960
Copyright date on title page © 1960, square spine, publishers details  ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and The Richards Press Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-20 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Tyndall.

Book 21: Noddy Goes To the Fair; Published 1960
Copyright date on title page © 1960, square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and D.V. Publications Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-21 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Tyndall.

Book 22: Mr Plod and Little Noddy; Published 1961
Copyright date on title page © 1961, square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and The Richards Press Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-22 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Tyndall.

Book 23: Noddy and the Tootles; Published 1962
Copyright date on title page © 1962, square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and The Richards Press Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-23 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Robert Tyndall.

Book 24: Noddy and the Aeroplane; Published 1964
Copyright date on title page © 1963 (in Roman numerals), square spine, publishers details ‘Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd and The Richards Press Ltd’. It should have a dust jacket which lists Nos.1-24 in the series on the back flap. Original price 4s 6d net on front turn in. Illustrations by Peter Wienk. The following information was supplied by Lyndsay Hall (thank you Lyndsay) and checked on the Enid Blyton Society Website; The title on both the dust jacket and boards printed in multi-colours, the title page has the word aeroplane in one single colour. This colour could be described as yellow or orange. All other words in the title are multi-colours.

Souce;  Enid Blyton illustrated bibliography Parts 1, 2 and 3 by Tony Summerfield. 
Via The Enid Blyton Scoiety

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