Heidi

by Spyri, Johanna

Heidi is a classic children's book first published in 1881 in Germany by Swiss author Johanna Spyri in two parts: Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning, and Heidi: How She Used What She Learned. Subtitled: "Geschichten für Kinder wie auch für Solche, Welche Kinder lieb haben von Johanna Spyri” Stories for children as well as those that love children by Johanna Spyri). It is one of the best-selling books ever written, and one of the best-known pieces of Swiss literature.

Heidi tells the story of the namesake orphan brought to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. Her cheery attitude wins the heart of her grumpy grandfather, the friendship of a goatherd Peter and his family, and the friendship of Clara, an city-dwelling invalid who later regains her mobility after visiting Heidi in the mountains.

Two sequels, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi's Children, were not written by Spyri, but by her English translator, Charles Tritten. 

First Edition Identification

The first edition, published anonymously by F.A. Perthes in Gotha, Germany in two volumes, had a decorative cover but no illustrations within the books. Subsequent editions added multiple illustrations.

Louise Windsor Brooks was Heidi's first English translator, and retained the title Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Yearning, for both volumes, published by De Wolfe, Fiske in Boston in 1884. A two volume set entitled Heidi’s Early Experiences and Heidi’s Further Experiences was published in London is 1884, but is 'virtually unattainable.'

The first complete American Edition of the one volume Heidi was published in 1885 by Cupples, Upham, & Company, in Boston. The original book is in gold cloth with the publishers catalogue at the end. 

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

In 1937 there was a Heidi film starring Shirley temple, with a corresponding 'Photoplay' edition of the book released with Temple on the cover and pictures of the movies throughout.

Also of note, a rare 1927 edition with illustrations by Marguerite Davis.  

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Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning
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by Spyri, Johanna

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Boston: Cupples, Upham, & Company, 1885. First American Edition. Near Fine. First American edition and first obtainable English language edition. Bound in publisher's original brown cloth with pine needle decoration across spine and front cover and title printed in black. 399 + 269 pp., plus publisher's catalog dated October, 1884. Near Fine with cloth lightly rubbed at extremities,… Read more about this item
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Heidi: A Child's Story of Life in the Alps, 'Boys and Girls Classics No 3.'
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by Johanna Spyri; George Lawson

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The Saalfield Publishing Company, Akron Ohio, New York, Chicago., 1933 Extremely scarce early US edition of important children's book with original jacket. Absolutely charming. Illustrated by George Lawson. 1st Edition 1933 (undated) Hardcover with original jacket. 'Boys and Girls Classics No 3.' noted on jacket spine. Condition: Two upper corners bumped, endpaper hinges weakened by sound. Gently toned and some… Read more about this item
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Heidi (Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith) (1922) by Spyri, Johanna
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by Johanna Spyri

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David McKay Company, New York, 1922. Hardcover. Very Good. 0x0x0. David McKay Company; Philadelphia, 1922. Hardcover. First Edition, Second Issue. A Very Good, blue cloth binding with color paper illustration on front board and gilt lettering on spine, binding sturdy and intact, some rubbing to board and spine edges, some sunning to spine, illustrated endpapers and pastedowns, top… Read more about this item
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by Johanna Spyri

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"HEIDI" by Johanna Spyri. 1919; J.B. Lippincott Company; Philadelphia. The book is beautifully illustrated with 14 tipped-in color plates by Maria Kirk; illustrated end papers in color. With color vignettes around the text on every page. Condition: Some very light soiling to the covers and spine; sharp corners. Tight binding with no cracks and no loose pages. The text pages are in… Read more about this item
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Books, Inc., Boston, 1939. Hardcover, 253 pages. Blue covers with red lettering, worn on the spine. Text and interior are very good throughout. Marked in just a few places with a child's marks. A tale of the German Alps just before the war; Illustrated throughout by Daisy Davis.
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Heidi

by Spyri, Johanna

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Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing. Very Good in Good dust jacket; Jacket tattered and chipped, endpapers . darkened, owner name on front free endpaper.. 1932. Hardcover. Four color plates and front cover illustration by Caldecott medalists Maud and Miska Petersham. A charmingly illustrated vintage edition of this children's classic about the little Swiss girl named Heidi. Navy… Read more about this item
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Heidi: A Story For Girls [Series: Burt's Home Library, Decorative Cloth, Gilt Top Edge)

Heidi: A Story For Girls [Series: Burt's Home Library, Decorative Cloth, Gilt Top Edge)

by Spyri, Johanna; Translation By H. A. Melcon; Color Plates By Anne Merriman Peck; B/W Plates By J. Watson Davis

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New York: A. L. Burt, 1901. First Edition Thus . Hardcover. Very Good. V, 367 + 7 Pp Catalog Of Burt's Home Library. Green Cloth Decorated In Gilt And Lavender, Unsigned Binding. Title Page And Copyright Page Printed In Color. Light Usage But Frays At Bottom Of Spine And At Lower Rear Tip. No Marks. … Read more about this item
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HEIDI

by Spyri, Johanna; Illustrated by William Sharp

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Heidi

by JOHANNA SPYRI

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Heidi: A Child's Story of Life in the Alps

Heidi: A Child's Story of Life in the Alps

by SPYRI, Johanna

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Early American Edition Vol. I Illustrated Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning Boston: De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., 1889. VG-. Early printing. Octavo. Brown boards with black decoration of an evergreen branch on front and on spine. Previous owner's name and date on front paste-down endpaper. Edges very slightly soiled. Corners, edges, spine slightly… Read more about this item
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Heidi (Caxton Junior Classics.)
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by Johanna Spyri

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The Caxton Publishing. Hardcover. Good/No Dj cover as issued. GC plus.The Caxton Publishing ,1965.Green hardback(small nicks and scartches on the cover and spine,gilt lettering on the front cover and spine) in GC plus, no Dj cover as issued.Illustrated with colour,b/w drawings,map.Illustrations by Charles Mozley.Nice and clean pages with small foxing marks, ink marks,nicks and light shelf wear on… Read more about this item
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Cleveland, O.: The World Syndicate Publishing Co, 1935. Reprint. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo. [8], 1-250, [6] pp. Blue boards with yellow decorations on the front board and spine; orange topstain. Decorated endpapers and pastedowns. Illustrated with a frontispiece and with three plates. A charming reprint of the classic children's tale. Traces of edge wear to the jacket… Read more about this item
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Heidi (De Luxe Classics S.)

Heidi (De Luxe Classics S.)

by Spyri, Johanna

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Heidi (Windermere Series)
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by Spyri, Johanna

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Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1928 368 pgs. Blue cloth titled in gilt with color pastedown, some rubbing to pastedown, light edge wear, foxing in margins of color plates offsetting to pages opposite, light reading wear. Spyri's classic illustrated with 8 color plates by Maginal Wright Enright (Frank Lloyd Wright's sister). . Later Printing. Pictorial Cover. Very Good Minus/No… Read more about this item
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Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning

by SPYRI, JOHANNA

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Heidi

by Johanna Spyri

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An 1881 children's classic. This volume from World Printing is a First printing, April 1946. Colorful boards with leaves and ferns. No DJ. Boards are in very good condition, showing minor wear at the top and bottom of spine. Bottom of spine is bumped. Top, front end of book is bumped. Spine is green with gilt lettering. No names of… Read more about this item
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