New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1911. First Printing. Original Cloth. True first edition of this "forgotten classic" (Grolier), with publisher's monogram and "August, 1911" on copyright page. Issued simultaneously in two styles, with no apparent priority: blue cloth without illustrations (as ours) and green cloth with Maria Louise Kirk's frontispiece and three inserted plates, which "verged on the sentimental." (Grolier). Crown 8vo (187 x 122mm): ,375pp. Publisher's light blue S cloth, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt and decorated in blind, top edge gilt, title-page vignette. Small, tasteful book label of Sarah Peter, with motto "Corpus Scriptorum Feminarium." A superior, unfaded copy, tightly bound and fresh and bright throughout, virtually pristine. BAL 2115. Grolier 100, 64. Carpenter (Secret Gardens), pp. 188-190. Fine. Item #BB2200
Originally published in monthly installments, in the American Magazine, from October 1910, and then as a book by Frederick A. Stokes in New York. The working title was Mistress Mary, in reference to the English nursery rhyme Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. Maytham Hall in Kent, which Burnett leased for ten years, had a series of walled gardens, and in the rose garden she conceived the idea for The Secret Garden, which mainly was written at the manor house in Buile Hill Park, near Manchester. A "multitude of reillustrated editions—as well as dramatic, cinematic, and television adaptations—have attested to the continued strength of popular affection for the story." (Grolier) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).