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Mandeville and Spring Books.

The Tom Merry and Rookwood novels were initially published by Mandeville and were almost immediately reprinted by Spring Books. The reprints used a poorer quality paper and lacked the quality and quantity of illustration that were a feature of the original publications.

Mandeville ceased trading around 1954 and Spring continued the venture.

Tom Merry

The first five Tom Merry books were published by Mandeville. Most of the Mandeville books were reprinted by Spring - some for a second time under the "Halcyon" imprint so it is possible to find the same book with 3 different dust wrappers.

When Mandeville folded and Spring took over the venture Frank Richards was acknowledged as the author rather than Martin Clifford - presumably to cash in on the popularity of the Cassell Billy Bunter books.

Rookwood

Only one Rookwood tale was published by Mandeville but it was reprinted twice by Spring.

Jack of all trades (Jack Free)

Hamilton wrote 8 books but only 3 were published in Hamilton's lifetime. The other 5 manuscripts gathered dust for almost 60 years before efforts were made to have them published. With the permission of Hamilton's great niece the Friars club set out to publish the books to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Charles Hamilton. Sadly the manuscript for the fourth book is missing, feared destroyed. You can read more about the project and purchase the books via the Friars Club website here.

 

Cover Book Title Illustrator Publisher Notes
Tom Merry & Co. of St. Jimís
(St Jim's)

CH Chapman Mandeville Published 1949 as Martin Clifford

Reprinted Spring 1950 as Martin Clifford

Reprinted Spring Halcyon Library as Frank Richards

The Secret of the Study
(St Jim's)

CH Chapman Mandeville Published 1949 as Martin Clifford

Reprinted Spring 1950 as Martin Clifford

Reprinted Spring Halcyon Library as Frank Richards

Rallying Round Gussy
(St Jim's)

CH Chapman Mandeville Published 1950 as Martin Clifford
The Scapegrace of St. Jimís
(St Jim's)

CH Chapman Mandeville Published 1951 as Martin Clifford

Reprinted Spring 1951 as Martin Clifford

Talbotís Secret
(St Jim's)

CH Chapman Mandeville Published 1951 as Martin Clifford

Reprinted Spring 1952 as Martin Clifford

Tom Merry & Co. - Caravanners
(St Jim's)

  Spring Published 1955 as Frank Richards
Tom Merry's Triumph
(St Jim's)

  Spring Published 1955 as Frank Richards
The Disappearance of Tom Merry
(St Jim's)

 

  Spring Published 1957 as Frank Richards
Through Thick and Thin
(St Jim's)

  Spring Published 1957 as Frank Richards
Trouble for Tom Merry
(St Jim's)

  Spring Published 1957 as Frank Richards
Cardewís Catch
(St Jim's)

  Spring Published 1958 as Frank Richards
Down and Out!
(St Jim's)

  Spring Published 1958 as Frank Richards
 
The Rivals of Rookwood School
(Rookwood)

  Mandeville Published 1951 as Owen Conquest

Reprinted Spring 1951 as Owen Conquest

Reprinted Spring Halcyon Library as Owen Conquest

 
Jack of All Trades   Spring  Published 1950 as Frank Richards

Reprinted Friars Library 2011

Jack the Lad   Spring  Published 1954 as Frank Richards

Reprinted Friars Library 2012

Jack of the Circus   Spring Published 1955 as Frank Richards

Reprinted Friars Library 2012

  Jack on his Own   Unpublished The manuscript for this story has been lost.
  Jack Goes South   Friars Library 2011  
  Jack in Africa   Friars Library 2012  
  Jack in Danger   Friars Library 2012  
  Jack on the Treasure Trail   Friars Library 2013  
  The Jack Short Stories   Friars Library 2013  

Spring Book Compilations.

Around 1959/1960 Spring books released a number of hardback books containing Hamilton stories. They were reprints from Tom Merry's own, Billy Bunter's own and the Raymond Glendenning Book of Sport.

Cover Book Title Story Source Year
Target Book for Boys A Bargain in Bikes [Rookwood] Tom Merry's Own 1951 1959
The Rio Kid Rides Again [Rio Kid] Tom Merry's Own 1953
Tough on Turkey [Carcroft] Tom Merry's Own 1951
Winning Through [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1955
Jimmy the Shark [Ken King] Tom Merry's Own 1952
Skip's Secret [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1952
Target Book for Girls Bessie Bunter's Big Idea [Cliff House] Billy Bunter's Own 1954 1959
"The Big Parade for Boys" Big Parade for Boys Perkinson's Promise [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1950 1959
Bad Luck for Bundle [Dolcot] Tom Merry's Own 1954
Bad Luck for Billy Bunter [Greyfriars] Tom Merry's Own 1951
Trouble For Three [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1954
Spot of Luck [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1950
Sportsman [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1951
New Target Book for Boys Just Like Bunter [Greyfriars] Tom Merry's Own 1952 1960
Leg up for Langdale [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1954
New Target Book for Girls Jack and Jill [Jack Free] Billy Bunter's Own 1954 1960
Bessie Bunter Forgets [Cliff House] Tom Merry's Own 1953
The New Parade for Boys Foes of the Forest [Popolaki Patrol] Billy Bunter's Own 1953 1960
Lovell on the Warpath [Rookwood] Tom Merry's Annual 1949
Just Like Jack [Jack Free] Tom Merry's Annual 1949
Searchlight Adventure Stories for Boys Chancing it with Charne [Felgate] Raymond Glendenning's Book of Sport 1951 1961
Treasure of Temooka [Ken King] Billy Bunter's Own 1953