The first edition of Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery’s second book, was published by L.C. Page and Company (Boston) in 1909. It includes a full-colour frontispiece and a cover image by George Gibbs.
United States of America
Print, jacketed hardcover, 7.5” x 5 1/8”, x + 368 + 8 pp.
(i) [Half-Title Page]
(ii) Works of L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables $1.50
Anne of Avonlea $1.50
L. C. Page and Company
New England Building, Boston, Mass.
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(n.pag.) “Anne Shirley” ¶ From the Painting by George Gibbs
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(iii) [Title Page]
ANNE OF AVONLEA
By ¶ L.M. MONTGOMERY ¶ Author of “Anne of Green Gables”
With frontispiece and cover in colour by ¶ GEORGE GIBBS
Boston [dingbat] L. C. Page & ¶ Company [dingbat] MDCCCCIX
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(1–367) Anne of Avonlea, chapters 1–30
[Illustrations appear on the recto of unnumbered leaves, followed by a blank verso]
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(1–4) From L.C. Page & Company’s Announcement List of New Fiction
[Advertisements—consisting of bibliographical details, textual features, synopses, and praise quotes—for the following texts: Morley Roberts’s David Bran, Burton E. Stevenson’s The Quest for the Rose of Sharon, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Avonlea, Frederic van Rensselaer Dey’s A Gentleman of Quality, Caroline Atwater Mason’s The Mystery of Miss Motte, Charles Felton Pidgin’s The Further Adventures of Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason Corner Folks, Theodore Roberts’s Masters of Circumstance, and Valance J. Patriarche’s Tag: You’re It; or the Chien Boule Dog. This section is paginated 1 to 4.]
(1–4) Selections from L. C. Page and Company’s List of Fiction
[Listing—consisting of an inconsistent mix of titles, synopses, praise points, and retail prices—of several books under the subheading “Works of ¶ Robert Neilson Stephens”: The Flight of Georgiana: A Romance of the Days of the Young Pretender, The Bright Face of Danger, The Mystery of Murray Davenport, Captain Ravenshaw, The Continental Dragoon, Philip Winwood, An Enemy to the King, The Road to Paris, A Gentleman Player, Clementina’s Highwayman, and Tales from Bohemia. Similar listing of several books under the subheading “Works of ¶ Charles G.D. Roberts”: Haunters of the Silences, Red Fox, The Kindred of the Wild, The Watchers of the Trails, The House in the Water, The Heart That Knows, Earth’s Enigmas, and Barbara Ladd. This section, which appeared in similar form in the first edition of Anne of Green Gables, is paginated 1 to 4.]
Copyright, 1909 ¶ by L. C. Page & Company (Incorporated)
Entered at Stationers’ Hall, London
All rights reserved
First Impression, September, 1909
Second Impression, September, 1909
Third Impression, September, 1909
Fourth Impression, October, 1909
Fifth Impression, November, 1909
Sixth Impression, December, 1909
Seventh Impression, December, 1909
Eighth Impression, March, 1910
Ninth Impression, July, 1910
Tenth Impression, September, 1910
Eleventh Impression, November, 1910
Twelfth Impression, December, 1910
Thirteenth Impression, April, 1911
Fourteenth Impression, August, 1911
Fifteenth Impression, October, 1911
Sixteenth Impression, July, 1912
Seventeenth Impression, April, 1913
Eighteenth Impression, August, 1913
Nineteenth Impression, August, 1913
Twentieth Impression, August, 1914
Twenty-first Impression, March, 1915
Twenty-second Impression, June, 1915
Twenty-third Impression, November, 1915
Twenty-fourth Impression, May, 1916
Twenty-fifth Impression, June, 1916
Twenty-sixth Impression, March, 1917
Twenty-ninth Impression, September, 1918 (252d Thousand)
Thirty-first Impression, May, 1920 (257th Thousand)
Thirty-ninth Impression, August, 1927 (271st Thousand)
Fortieth Impression, August, 1928 (276th Thousand)
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) is beyond question the most popular girl heroine in recent fiction, and the reading public will be glad to hear more of her. In the present volume Anne is as fascinating as ever, and the author has introduced several new characters, including the highly imaginative and charming little boy, Paul Irving, whose quaint sayings will recall to the reader the delightful Anne on her first appearance at Green Gables.
Some opinions regarding Anne of Green Gables:
“In ‘Anne of Green Gables’ you will find the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice.” —Mark Twain in a letter to Francis Wilson.
“I see that she has become one of the popular young ladies of the season, but I can assure you that if she had no one else to love her, I should still be her most devoted admirer. . . . And I take it as a great test of the worth of the book that while the young people are rummaging all over the house looking for Anne, the head of the family has carried her off to read on his way to town.” —Bliss Carman.
An English opinion:
“At long intervals there is sent across the Atlantic a book which lives in the public memory for years. Such were ‘Helen’s Babies’ and ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy,’ and ‘Anne of Green Gables’ deserves to make an equal sensation.” —The Nottingham (England) Guardian.
Anne of Avonlea (Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1909): reprinted from the plates of this edition.
Anne of Avonlea (Grosset and Dunlap, 1914): reprinted from the plates of this edition.
1st impression at Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/anneavonlea00montgoog/
2nd impression at Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/anneofavonlea00mont_7/
31st impression at Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/anneofavonlea00mont_6/
Publisher’s description is taken from page 2 of “From L.C. Page & Company’s Announcement List of New Fiction,” included in the back matter of this edition. Epigraph and dedication are included.
A copy of the tenth impression is in the site owner’s personal collection.