RARE BOOK GUIDE - THE RUNNERS, THE RIDERS & THE ODDS

01 January 2007

The Golden Treasury of Caroline and her Friends. Pierre Probst.




Pierre Probst. THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF CAROLINE AND HER FRIENDS. Golden Press,USA, 1961.

Current Prices
$350-$750 / £200-£400 Want level 75-100 Very High


CHILDREN"S BOOK.
Feisty little French girl and her animal friends, originally published in France and created by Pierre Probst (born 1913 and still writing.) The Caroline books (published in UK by Hamlyn and Collins) are some of the most eagerly sought after children's books, possibly because of the very vivid, colourful illustrations. Still in print in France but well o/p in USA and UK and boomers, who must have everything (and fedexed overnight) would shell out big for this. Book begins:

"Not too many girls are lucky enough to have a lion cub, a bear cub, two kittens and three dogs for their best friends. But then, Caroline is a very special girl...

VALUE? A whole lot of punters for this book. No copies on web which either means they are darn scarce or just sell whenever they appear and nobody has put a greedy enough price to stop it, so let's say $450 for a nice one. An indifferent copy of the UK first (Hamlyn 1963) was recently a buy it now on ebay at $475 and the seller claims it has made $1000 there, but could be deluded or having a laugh.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the significance of a blue bound version of The Golden Treasury of Caroline and her Friends? Seems to be original, not rebound, but could be. I'm not an expert or collector, just like this book. Any info you have is appreciated.

Anonymous said...

My sister has the blue bound version from childhood. I recently tried to find one, discovered how scarce they are, and so clued her in on the value of her Caroline. She is going to let me look at hers when I see her in a few weeks.

farsong said...

Ohhh, I so loved this book as a child and read it to my own children, but it has been destroyed. I only have a few pages remaining! My favorite story was the one where they went to India.

Anonymous said...

Our family has an incomplete copy and I plan on digitally copying it this year to preserve it. We're missing a few key pages. Why doesn't Golden Books re-issue it? I wrote them last year and asked. No reply. Figures.

Anonymous said...

I am astonished to see that one of my favorite books from childhood is so valuable. I got it through one of those book order programs they had in Elementary School. I have read it to my nieces, now in their 30's and now to my own children, and I love reading it to this day. My copy is in excellent condition. I feel very lucky! I wish they would reprint it in English. It would be a great hit.

Anonymous said...

Also my most favorite book from childhood. The hours I spent first looking and then reading that book and pretending I was Caroline! Kept the book for my children, and my daughter loved it too. Somewhere in the last 20 years the book disappeared, maybe I will find it hiding in the attic one day. I almost fell on the floor last year when I saw in on ebay for $700.00.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I have a copy of Caroline and her Friends the blue bound edition (UK). It was my favourite book as a child. Not sure why I decided to look it up on the internet. I am pruning a lot of books.

rclear666 said...

just found a copy was given to my wife around 1965! caroline and her friends; anyone interested?

rclear666 said...

also this copy was the white binding, seems the blue binding is more common

kerrykrone@hotmail.com said...

rclear666 - I am interested in your Caroline

Robert said...

rclear666 - I am also interested in your book.

Anonymous said...

Last week I have found an old book, which I remember from my childhood. Unfortunately the book is not binded and has missing first and last pages. So it took me some time to discover, who is the author and what is the name of the book. It s a book of Caroline and her friends – most probably The golden treasury of Caroline and her friends (?). It contents A camping holiday, The journey to the nort pole, A trip round Europe, At the ranch and Winter sports. It is quite mysterious how the book occured in my children’s library, without cover and not binded, because I was risen in communist Czechoslovakia and English and especially American books where not published or even imported. (And at that time I did not speak English and so did not understand it, but I loved it. )
Please may I ask someone to help me to restore the last – I think 6 pages? The book – the story named Winter sports -ends at the page 143 where I can see ½ of a picture – Caroline and her friends in the night, searching for Bobby. And at the previous page the story ends with the sentence: „ And since Bobby was so light, it carried him all the way down the mountain and in to the tiny village that nestled in the valley below.“ And that is all. Last pages are missing. Please, If you are also owner of that book, may I ask you to be so kind and copy for met the last pages and send them by e-mail? I t would be nice, If I can bind the cpmpleted book and pass it to my three years old daughter.
On the other hand I know that nowdayas nobody has enaugh time and I will understand if you do not have time for this.
Yours Sincerely

Veronika Jureckova, Czech Republic
veronika.mali(a)volny.cz

kazzie66 said...

I have a copy with a camping scene it is just called Carloline and her friends it has all the pages and it is bound it has been written in ie a to and from anybody
still interested?

Anonymous said...

My Dad brought this little treasure home to me after a business trip in 1965. I was so disappointed since I hated to read. This book quickly became my favorite and 45 years later I'm reading it to my grandkids. The book is falling apart and my grandson loves it so much I came online today to see if I could locate one. I had NO idea the value of the book. I think the book is the cause of me being partial to Cocker Spaniels. :)

carla said...

I have no idea where my mother got this book from. I just remember reading it over and over. I was in early elementary school and I am 47now. I have read this book to all of my kids. The spine is being held together with gray masking tape, but I will not throw it away.It is a great story.

C.Cyprien
New Orleans

LOUISE said...

I have a copy of "The Golden Treasury of Caroline and her Friends", as well as "Caroline in Europe". Both have all pages. Anyone interested?Isadore59@aol.com; Louise.

lissa said...
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lissa said...

i am interested louise in your copies of caroline. are they both in english?

Autumn Luciano said...

I have a copy of the treasury with a white cover, 1961. I have it listed on ebay, if you're interested you can write me and i'll send you the link: autumnluciano@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would like to purchase this, is it still for sale?

Anonymous said...

God I loved this book as a kid!!!!! I used to just stare at the picture of Caroline and all of the friends dancing and jumping in the rainbow...that was my favorite picture in the whole book!!! Man i wish i knew where that book is now....

Anonymous said...

I have a copy on eBay at the moment! Already at £100 and three days to go! Will report back on the final price. I really loved this book and didn't realise I still had it! Found it on the loft after a major clear out!

Julie.

Gizmos said...

I have just come across a copy of this book. Copyright 1961, white cover. I am planning on listing it on eBay, but not certain of it's value in today's market. I am not a bookseller, just deal in mostly vintage items so do not know how to rate this book, but I would say it is in good to very good condition. Any ideas information or help would be appreciated.

Gizmosetsy@gmail.com

Jana
Gizmok on eBay

Kim R. said...

A copy of this book just sold for $1135 on eBay, so to the original poster, they were definitely not having "just a laugh". Value has risen well above the $450 mark...

Gizmos said...

This book can now be found on Ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/280968662512?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

JsH said...

There is a nice 1961 copy of this book available on an eBay auction for $350.

Anonymous said...

Hi - There is a wonderful BOOK on CD of Caroline And Her Friends - USA 1961 version available on Ebay for under $20. Just do an Ebay search for the book title, it should come up!! LOVE IT!!

Anonymous said...

I just found my copy of Caroline and her Friends. white cover, golden treasury. I'm so glad I still have it. the binding is missing but covers okay, but no intentions to sell!

Anonymous said...

There is a copy on ebay at the moment for £99

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321185673279?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649