The name of Enid Blyton is synonymous with childrenís literature from the middle of the last century. With hundreds of published works and global sales of more than 600 million, Blyton has created some of the best known series and characters of all time.
The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and even Noddy are all collections of books that still enchant people today, with fan clubs and collectors around the world. However, Blytonís work has often faced criticism for being racist, sexist and simplistic in writing style. Neverthless, this has not stopped her books still being read and adapted for TV and film today.
For anyone wishing to bring together her works, a complete set of all twenty-one Famous Five first editions in excellent condition could fetch more than $12,000. Individually, the first in the collection, Five on Treasure Island, published in 1942, sells for around $500. The Secret Seven series (fifteen books) can also realize high prices with a complete set fetching $5,000.
Aside from the immediately recognizable titles, The Magic Faraway Tree (1943) has fetched as much as $3,000 at auction for inscribed first editions. Real Fairies is one of Blytonís earliest works dating from 1923; published by J. Saville, an inscribed first edition can reach $1,000.
Due in part to the sheer number of books written by Blyton, there are still bargain first editions available. Indeed a good number of her titles can still be purchased for just a few dollars. While Blytonís appeal as an author may have waned more recently due to the criticism she has received, there is still a massive group of fans out there who are keen to remember, promote and celebrate her work.
Blyton, Enid. Silver and Gold. Nelson (1925). illustrated by Lewis Baumer
Blyton, Enid. Adventures of the Wishing Chair. George Newnes Limited, London (1939). Illustrated throughout by Hilda McGavin with colour frontis and black and white drawings
Blyton, Enid. Six O'Clock Tales. Metheun (1942). Dorothy Wheeler (illustrator)
Blyton, Enid. The Further Adventures of Brer Rabbit. Newnes (1942). illustrated by Ernest Aris;
Blyton, Enid. Five go Adventuring Again. Hodder and Stoughton, London (1943). dust jacket with 5/-net price; with b/w illustrations and a coloured frontispiece by Eileen Soper
Blyton, Enid. The Secret of Killimooin. Blackwell (1943). Eileen (illustrator); The fourth book in the Secret series
Blyton, Enid. Tales of Toyland. Newnes (1944). 5/- net; Hilda McGavin (illustrator)
Blyton, Enid. The Boy Next Door. Newnes (1944). First UK Edition; Bestall, A.E. (illustrator).
Blyton, Enid. The Island of Adventure. Macmillan, London (1944). Includes Illustrations by Stuart Tresilian;
Blyton, Enid. The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat. Methuen , London (1944). Abbey, J. (illustrator)
Blyton, Enid. Five Go To Smuggler's Top. Hodder and Stoughton (1945). Pictorial endpapers, colour frontis and many black and white drawings by Eileen Soper
Blyton, Enid. The Castle of Adventure. MacMillan , London (1946). Frontispiece and numerous illustrations in text by Stuart Tresilian;
Blyton, Enid. Five on Kirrin Island Again. Hodder and Stoughton, London (1947). first state dust jacket has the telescope the wrong way - most copies were recalled; The frontispiece illustration matches the dust jacket.
Blyton, Enid. The Second Term at Malory Towers. Methuen, London (1947). Stanley Lloyd (illustrator);
Blyton, Enid. Five Go Off To Camp. Hodder and Stoughton, London (1948). Eileen Soper (illustrator); dustjacket showing the Famous Five and two men with a tent;
Blyton, Enid. The Sea of Adventure. Macmillan , London (1948). Stuart Tresilian (illustrator)
Blyton, Enid. The Mountain of Adventure. Macmillan, London (1949). Stuart Tresilian (illustrator); original price of 8s 6d; First UK Edition
Blyton, Enid. The Ship of Adventure. Macmillan, London (1950). wraparound illustration by Stuart Tresilian; Dustjacket 8s. 6d.
Blyton, Enid. Noddy's Castle of Books. Sampson Low Marston , London (1954). with colour illustrated paper covers and black and white illustrations by Beek; Noddy and the Magic Goldfish, Noddy in the Land of King Ho-Ho, Noddy and Mr Roundy in Clown Town, Noddy and Mr Cheery, Noddy Visits the Land of Tops.
Blyton, Enid. Mr Pink-Whistle's Party. Newnes, London (1955). Dorothy M Wheeler (illustrator); price 10/9
Blyton, Enid. You Funny Little Noddy. Sampson Low, Marston (1955). DJ priced at 3s.6d net to the front lower flap
Blyton, Enid. The Secret Seven. Well Done, On The Trail, Go Ahead, Win Through, Three Cheers, Mystery, Puzzle For, Fireworks, Good Old, Shock For The, Look Out and Fun For The Secret Seven. Illustrated by Burgess Sharrocks, Bruno Kay, and George Brook.. Brockhampton Press (1956). 12 volumes