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7 Beautiful Editions of The Secret Garden


The Secret Garden, 1949

We’re celebrating the first day of Spring (hooray!) with The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. A secret garden and a mysterious key lead the girl to a world she never could have imagined. The classic children’s tale is still loved by children today (it was my own favorite as a young reader) and has been published many times since its first run in 1911. From work-of-art to pretty paperback, we’ve selected 7 beautiful editions we’d love to add to our shelves.

The Secret Garden, Puffin Designer Classics   The Secret Garden, Puffin Designer Classics

Designed by picture book creator Lauren Child, this incredible limited edition was published by Puffin in celebration of their 70th anniversary in 2010. The cover is made of paper layers that can be peeled back one by one until Mary and the garden are revealed.  With only 1000 copies printed, the book is incredibly collectible.

The Secret Garden by Penguin Threads, designed by Jillian Tamaki     The Secret Garden, designed by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

The Penguin Threads series was commissioned by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley.  Artist Jillian Tamaki sketched then hand stitched the cover (left) using a needle and thread. The final cover is sculpt embossed. Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini designed the Puffin Classic hardback (right).

The Secret Garden, 1949

This vintage copy illustrated by Nora S. Unwin was published in 1949 by J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & New York.

The Secret Garden, introduction by Sophie Dahl  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett   The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Lastly, some pretty copies from Puffin and Penguin, perfect for a young reader’s first adventure into The Secret Garden.

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