Monday, May 07, 2007

Willard Price: The Adventure Series



Amazon Adventure, the first in this long series of juvenile books was first published by John Day Company in 1949, after which is appears that the UK and US first editions were published in the same year: whether and if there was any priority in that schedule I haven‘t yet been able to determine. All fourteen books in the adventure series were published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. The bibliography of The Adventure Series really has to be addressed separately from the rest of Price’s work and although not desperately complicated it would, when finished, involve a number of paperback reprints by ‘Red Fox’ and ‘Green Knight’ (the colours are coincidental) in the 70s, 80s, and indeed still today (the series is still in print). There were also 2-in-1 paperback editions. Some titles, although I have not yet ascertained how many were published by The Children’s Book Club in hardback. For now, and purely out of UK bias, I have noted only the Cape first editions here.



Amazon Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1951. 255pp. 8vo.



South Sea Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1952. 221pp. 8vo.



Underwater Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1955. 204pp. 8vo.



Volcano Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1956. 190pp. 8vo.



Whale Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1960. 190pp. 8vo.



African Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1963. 191pp. 8vo.



Elephant Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1964. 192pp. 8vo.



Safari Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1966. 190pp. 8vo.



Lion Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1967. 192pp. 8vo.



Gorilla Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1969. 222pp. 8vo.



Diving Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1970. 220pp. 8vo.



Cannibal Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1972. 246pp. 8vo.



Tiger Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1979. 240pp. 8vo.



Arctic Adventure. Jonathan Cape, London, 1980. 222pp. 8vo.

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