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Goblin Island (Elsie J Oxenham)

Title: Goblin Island 
Author: Elsie Jeanette Oxenham
Publisher: Girls Gone By Publishers
Year: 2007
Condition: New

Goblin Island was the first book to be written by Elsie Jeanette Oxenham, and it was first published in 1907. It was partly autobiographical, showing a young woman doing secretarial work for her father, an author, while they were on holiday, something EJO did for her father, John Oxenham, before she became an author herself.

The GGBP edition of Goblin Island was published to mark its centenary and includes the illustrations from all the different editions. 
  • Full colour endpapers taken from an early edition (ie pre WWI) 
  • The full colour frontispiece and title page taken from the first edition 
  • Three other full colour plates taken from an early edition (ie pre WWI) 
  • 32 black and white plates taken from the first edition 
  • The detailed publishing history includes a full discussion of these early editions, as well as the various later editions, and is illustrated with black and white pictures of all illustrations from the later editions. 

In addition, there is a fascinating introduction by Ruth Allen, former editor of The Abbey Chronicle, in which she shows how the themes of later Abbey books come through in this first book of Elsie Oxenham’s. 

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