The Secret Garden

by Burnett, Frances Hodgson

The Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, has remained one of the most popular children’s books since its publication in The American Magazine in 1910. The story tells of childhood emotions and experiences while keeping the central theme - if something is cared for, it will thrive. 

The Secret Garden introduces us to a sour little girl, Mary Lennox, who is NOT a pleasure to be around. In fact, she yells like a little princess, can't make friends, and simply despises everything.

She remains quite contrary until she helps her garden grow - and finds someone worse off than herself to bring along for the ride. 

Burnett was a British American novelist and playwright, best known for her novels Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden. She regularly found inspiration through her observations of nature and the walled gardens at Maytham Hall in Kent England.

The American Magazine published the first edition of The Secret Garden in 1910

First Edition Identification

The book was first published by Heinemann in London in 1911 with illustrations by Charles Heath Robinson as a British edition.  The first American edition was published by Fredrick A Stokes and Company with illustration by Maria Louise Kirk. 

The original British edition features green cloth with gilt titles & decoration to the upperboard and spine. This can be identified by a publication date on the front panel.

The First American released two editions simultaneously, one featuring the publisher’s green cloth with illustration only on the upper board and gilt lettering to the spine. The other in blue cloth without illustrations.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

The Secret Garden (Penguins Designer Classics) was released in 2010. Designed by illustrator Lauren Child, only 1,000 copies were released. This volume was published to mark the 70th anniversary of the Puffin imprint.

Easton Press published a copy of The Secret Garden released in 1986, characterized by 22kt gold accents and printed on archival paper with gilded edges. This copy also features Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints, bound in full leather with hubbed spines.

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1911
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BURNETT, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. NY: Frederick A. Stokes [1911]. 12mo, [x] 375pp. Blue cloth decoratively stamped in blind and gilt. Spine ends and corners slightly rubbed, rear board a tad soiled, else a remarkably clean, bright copy. First edition. Burnett's beloved novel about an orphaned girl who discovers a walled-in garden on her uncle's property. The basis for numerous… Read more about this item
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London: William Heinemann. 1911. First UK edition in book form and the first Charles Robinson illustrated edition, first printing. First UK edition in book form and the first Charles Robinson illustrated edition, first printing. Publisher's original green cloth with titles and illustrations in gilt to the upper board and spine. Top edge green. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrated with 8 beautiful… Read more about this item
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London: William Heinemann, 1911. First Edition. Illustrated by Charles Robinson. 8vo. pp. vii + 306 + 6p.advertisements at rear. 8 colour plates by Charles Robinson with titled tissue guards. The frontispiece tissue guard has a booksellers ink stamp of George Robertson & Co.,Sydney on the rear discretely. the text has a little finger marking and mild discolourtion. Recently… Read more about this item
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The Easton Press, 1987. Illustrated by Troy Howell. Hardcover. No dust jacket, as issued. Used - Near Fine condition. Easton bookplate with prior owner's name affixed to front fly leaf. Else Fine / As New. Binding and text block are tight, bright, and clean with no other ownership markings. Bound in full (genuine) tan leather with hubbed spine. Embossed in… Read more about this item
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by Burnett, Frances, Hodgson; Frances Hodgson Burnett

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New York: Barnes & Noble Classics/Barnes & Noble Books/Barnes & Noble, Inc., 1992. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo or 8° (Medium Octavo): 7¾" x 9¾" tall. Ziga Design (Jacket Cover); Claude Monet of His Garden at Vetheuil (Cover Illustration). 266 pp. Solidly bound copy with minimal external wear and clean text. Minimally faded… Read more about this item
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New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005. Deluxe Leather-bound Illustrated Edition. Near Fine. Hardcover book bound in the publisher's full decorative bonded leather-gilt with an illustrated oval panel affixed to the front cover (cover and end paper illustrations by Flora Waycott). All book block edges coated in gilt. Sewn-in silk bookmark. 21 cm. 291 pages. Color illustrations by Charles… Read more about this item
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by Burnett, Frances Hodgson. Illustrated By Tasha Tudor

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Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1985. Very good in good dustjacket. Later printing [1980] of the1962 edition, featuring the Tasha Tudor illustrations, four color plates and black and white sketches throughout the book. Dark rose colored cloth with illustrated endpapers, illustrated dustjacket. The book has light rubbing to corners and spine ends, good hinges, firm text block, neatly written gift notation… Read more about this item
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United Kingdom: Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd, 2018. Illustrated Classic. 1st/1st thus. New. First Edition. First printing with complete 10 number line ending with 1. The unread book is tight and square with solid hinges, good tips and clean unmarred textured boards. Textblock is clean with no writing, bookplate or markings and not BCE, ex-library or remaindered. Satin ribbon bookmark. Original… Read more about this item
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London: Heinemann, 1911. First edition, first printing. Published by William Heinemann in London, 1911. A very good/near fine copy. One previous owner's name and date to the half-title. The boards are free from notable chips and marks and the text blocks are bright and white, some light foxing to the latter and preliminary pages. Top edge is fully blocked… Read more about this item
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1911
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London: William Heinemann, 1911. First edition. Leather. Very Good Indeed. 8" by 6". Charles Robinson. A nicely rebound first U.K. edition of the popular charming novel 'The Secret Garden', complete with the original colour illustrations by Charles Robinson. The first U.K. edition of this work. The novel was published in the U.S earlier the same year. Illustrated with a… Read more about this item
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From the back cover, about the Rosemont Production, The Secret Garden: "A blend of power, beauty, vivid interest, and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." - Rumer Godden, The New York Times. Condition: Very Good. Cover shows only minimal rubbing and practically no edge or corner wear. It is Ex library, so there is a library… Read more about this item
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Henry Holt & Co. Hardcover. 0805002774 First Edition 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. DJ has moderate wear, a few small tears, price 8intact $18.95. Book has a good binding, name stamped at top of ffp and a Garfield the cat stamp as well. . Good.
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by Hodgson Burnett, Frances

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New York, New York, U.S.A.: Dell Books, 1962. Wraps are scuffed with light edgewear. Text is free from markings. Binding is sound. Soft Cover. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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(London: Methuen Children’s Books: 1987) First British Edition thus. ISBN 0 416 02782 2. Quarter cloth boards (that is, hard covers) pp. viii, 232 (260 x 210 mm). Illustrated by Michael Hague. A near fine copy in a very good dust-jacket.
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Unread 4th printing from The Folio Society, London. Cover has a couple of very mildly faded spots. A clothbound, illustrated edition of the infamous children's tale The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet. The story takes place in Misselthwaite Manor which holds two mysteries: a strange unhappy crying in the night and a walled garden with a door locked and forgotten… Read more about this item
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New York, NY: Frederick A. Stokes. Very Good. 1911. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. Color Illustrations; This book is in Very Good condition and is lacking the dust jacket. The book is in generally clean, bright condition. This is the 1st edition with the date of August, 1911 on the copyright page and no further listings- along… Read more about this item
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The Secret Garden

by Burnett, Frances Hodgson

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NY: Harpercollins. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly shelfworn.. 1962. Reprint. Hardcover. 0397321651 . Illustrations throughout by Tasha Tudor. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 256 pages .
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