The first edition of Kilmeny of the Orchard, L.M. Montgomery’s third book, was published by L.C. Page and Company (Boston) in 1910. It included four full-colour illustrations by George Gibbs, one of which was also used for the front cover.
Cover art (by George Gibbs), title page, and page 1 of Kilmeny of the Orchard, by L.M. Montgomery (L.C. Page and Company, 1910).
Four full-colour illustrations by George Gibbs appearing in the first edition of Kilmeny of the Orchard, by L.M. Montgomery (L.C. Page and Company, 1910).
United States of America
Print, jacketed hardcover, 7.5” x 5.25”, x + 256 + 6 pp.
Binding and Dust Jacket
I have not yet had the chance to examine a copy with a dust jacket, but it is believed to be identical to the front and back boards and the spine. Known bindings in tan and blue.
[Frontispiece + Blank Verso]
(i) [Half-Title Page]
(ii) Works of L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables $1.50
Anne of Avonlea $1.50
Kilmeny of the Orchard $1.25
(iii) [Title Page]
KILMENY of ¶ the ORCHARD
By ¶ L.M. MONTGOMERY ¶ Author of “Anne of Green Gables,” “Anne of Avonlea,” etc.
With four illustrations in colour from paintings by ¶ GEORGE GIBBS
Boston [dingbat] L. C. Page & ¶ Company [dingbat] MDCCCCX
(iv) [Copyright Page]
(ix) List of Illustrations
Kilmeny / Frontispiece
“For a few moments he stood there and looked at her” / 60 [leaf inserted between pages 60 and 61]
“Kilmeny . . . looked straight into the mirror where, like a lovely picture in a golden frame, she saw herself reflected” / 188 [leaf inserted between pages 188 and 189]
“As Neil Gordon . . . lifted the axe he held in his hand, Kilmeny sprang forward” / 239 [leaf inserted between pages 238 and 239]
(1–256) Kilmeny of the Orchard, chapters 1–20
[Illustrations appear in full colour on the recto of unnumbered leaves, followed by a blank verso]
(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 Valence J. Patriarche’s Tag: You’re It; or the Chien Boule Dog. This section is paginated 1 to 4.]
(1–2) 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. This section is paginated 1 to 2.]
Copyright, 1910, by L. C. Page & Company (Incorporated)
Entered at Stationers’ Hall, London
First Impression, April, 1910
Second Impression, April, 1910
Third Impression, June, 1910
Fourth Impression, September, 1910
Fifth Impression, October, 1910
Sixth Impression, November, 1910
Seventh Impression, October, 1911
Kilmeny of the Orchard (Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1910) reprints the plates of this edition.
Kilmeny of the Orchard (Grosset and Dunlap, 1914?) reprints the plates of this edition, omitting the illustrations.
Kilmeny of the Orchard (A.L. Burt Company, n.d.) reprints the plates of this edition, omitting the illustrations.
Kilmeny of the Orchard (The Ryerson Press, 1944) reprints the plates of this edition, omitting the illustrations.
2nd Impression at HathiTrust: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433074904750
Chapter 1 is erroneously entitled “The Thoughts of South” instead of “The Thoughts of Youth” on the contents page, on the opening page of chapter 1, and in the chapter headings throughout the chapter. This error was corrected by the sixth impression (November 1910).
By the sixth impression (November 1910), James Hogg’s name is added beneath “The Queen’s Wake” on the epigraph page.
Epigraph and dedication are included.
Thanks to Vanessa Brown for donating to me a copy of the first impression of this edition. All information and images on this page are taken from that copy.