The Secret Orchard – Agnes & Egerton Castle (1900s)


The Secret Orchard – Agnes & Egerton Castle (1900s)


Title: The Secret Orchard

Author: Agnes & Egerton Castle

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York. No date, most likely an early reprint of the first edition of 1901.

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. Fair. About 1cm of top of spine fraying and slightly torn, front hinge cracked, book sagging slightly. Small closed tears to first few pages of the book, along the fore-edge. Pages tanned. Text unmarked. App 8″ by 5″.

A classic children’s book, made into a silent film in 1915.

About the book (from an old advertisement):

The leading male character is the Duke of Cluny, a descendant of the royal Stuarts. He is depicted as a typical Stuart, full of power to win the ardent love of men and women, but easy-going, weak, and inclined to personal indulgence.

His wife, Helen, is an American girl. These two, with Joy, a young girl whom the Duchess wishes to adopt, and whose life has been strangely interwoven with theirs, are the principal characters in the book.

The plot is very romantic, the story is full of movement, and the main situation highly original and striking. The dialogue is delightful reading, and among other things contains a discussion of the Dreyfus case and the Charity Bazaar Fire.

Dramatic…Thrilling..Fascinating…A Story of Aristocratic Parisian Life