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First Edition, 1951. Published by University of London Press. 


The book and its dust jacket are in very good condition, including the maroon cloth cover on boards, gilt titles with gilt wreath and gilt bouquet on spine. There is sunning to the spine and the dust jacket is price clipped. There are colour, as well as black and white illustrations by Steven Spurrier. Inscription to illustrated endpaper. 


In The Valley of Song is about the discovery and exploration of a hidden, magical country and is almost the sole subject of the book. Ten-year-old Tabitha, one of Goudge’s characteristically naughty but loveable child characters, has found the way into a wonderful land she calls the Valley of Song. When she brings some of her favourite adults in as well, she learns more about its nature and purpose, as the “Workshop” of the earthly kingdom and the gateway to the heavenly kingdom beyond.

The Valley of Song by Elizabeth Goudge

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