Searching For Henrietta

Dear D. Gaudin,
When I was a child (I’m 67) ‘Henrietta’s House’ was one of my favourite books. I have since read many of Elizabeth Goudge’s books and am presently re-reading ‘City of Bells’

I would love to find a copy of the book I used to get out of our local library, and I wonder if you know of this one.

It was a hardback, with, as far as I can recollect, green boards. There were full-size colour illustrations on shiny paper. One showed Henrietta in a lovely pink dress, and one showed her in a white dress as she welcomes everyone into her house.

I’ve searched Abe books but none of the 13 books there seem to be the one I remember.

Can you help?

In hope, and friendship,

Vivienne Rendall,
Northumberland.

Dear Vivienne,

Thank you for visiting the site, hope you return again.

I have a 1949 re-print of Henrietta’s House published by the same company as produced the original, University of London Press Ltd

The front cover and two of the coloured illustrations inside, on shiny paper show Henrietta wearing a pink dress, and indeed a white one when she welcomes them to the house at the end of the story.

The boards however are orange. Perhaps this is the copy you remember?

Elizabeth’s books are getting harder and harder to source, especially her children’s books, as children tend to not look after them and they disintegrate.

I have a friend who runs a bookshop via the internet and I will ask him the next time I see him if he has a copy.

I hope that this helps

 

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