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Boxed Sets

Boxed sets were a phenomenon mostly of the 1970s. Armada did several different versions of their Pony Box, but they weren’t the only publisher to do so. Methuen did Thelwell boxed sets; Knight did them for Jill, and Dragon for the Silver Brumby books.


What was in each set varied; it’s tempting to be cynical and think that many of them included a couple of proven sellers, plus whatever the publisher had large stocks of at the time. Thus, contents vary dramatically. If you can find two boxes with the same cover design nowadays (and they tend to be rare survivals) the contents may well be radically different. Boxed sets are still being produced; ten of Pippa Funnell’s Tilly’s Pony Tails series appeared thus in 2011.


The sets below are listed in order of publisher. If you have any more, please contact me!


Finding the books: boxed sets can be an expensive way of buying books: often much more expensive than buying the contents separately. If you have the original contents, the box has often preserved them very well.


Many thanks to Hannah Fleetwood, who sent me the original photographs for this in 2010, and who must have wondered if they would ever see the light of day. Thanks to Tricia Murphy for the Silver Brumby box.


The Sets

ARMADA

Armada Pony Books

Date: probably early 1970s

Contents:

Jackie Won a Pony
Ponies in Clover
The Donkey Boy
Three Jays Go to Town
Prince Among Ponies
Phantom Horse Comes Home


ORION

Ten Perfect Pony  Tales

Date: 2011


Contents

Magic Spirit            Pride and Joy

Red Admiral           Neptune
Rosie                      Parkview Pickle

Samson                  Nimrod
Lucky Chance        Solo


PUFFIN

Horses and Ponies

Date: I suspect 1970s; certainly no earlier.


Contents

Anna Sewell: Black Beauty

Mary Elwyn Patchett: The Brumby
Eliis Dillon: The Island of Horses

The Puffin Book of Horses

Lucy Rees: Wild Pony


ARMADA

The Marguerite Henry Pack

Date:1975


Contents

King of the Wind

Misty of Chincoteague

Stormy, Misty's Foal

Seastar, Orphan of Chinocteague


DRAGON

The Pony Box

Date: 1970s

Contents

Varied - this one contains

Elyne Mitchell - Silver Brumby Kingdom
Elyne Mitchell - Silver Brumbies of the South

Elyne Mitchell - The Colt at Taparoo

Christine Pullein-Thompson - The Pony Dopers

Christine Pullein-Thompson - The Empty Field

Ursula Moray Williams - No Ponies for Miss Pobjoy


METHUEN

Thelwell’s Horse Box

Date: early 1970s


Contents

Angels on Horseback
Thelwell Country
A Leg at Each Corner

Riding Academy


METHUEN

Thelwell’s Horse Box

Date: 1978


Contents

Angels on Horseback
Thelwell Country
A Leg at Each Corner

Riding Academy


METHUEN

Thelwell’s Horse Box

Date: 1986


Contents

Angels on Horseback
Thelwell’s Gymkhana
A Leg at Each Corner

Riding Academy


ARMADA

The Pony Box

Date: unknown

Contents

Christine Pullein Thompson: A Day to Go Hunting
Patricia Leitch: For Love of a Horse
Judith M Berrisford: Jackie and the Pony Boys
Judith M Berrisford: Jackie’s Pony Club Camp
Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Pony Club Camp
Diana Pullein-Thompson: Ponies in the Valley


ARMADA

Jinny box

Date: unknown


Contents

For Love of a Horse

A Devil to Ride

Night of the Red Horse

Ride Like the Wind

Chestnut Gold


DRAGON

Silver Brumby box

Date: probably 1980s


Contents

Moon Filly

Silver Brumby

Silver Brumby’s Daughter

Silver Brumbies of the South
The Silver Brumby


KNIGHT

Jill Horse Box

Date: unknown, but probably 1980s


Contents

Jill's Gymkhana
A Stable for Jill
Jill Has Two Ponies
Jill and the Runaway


PUFFIN

The Sheltie Collection

Date: 1997


Contents

Sheltie Finds a Friend
Sheltie to the Rescue
Sheltie in Danger
Sheltie Rides to Win
Sheltie and the Saddle Mystery



Sheltie Leads the Way
Sheltie the Hero
Sheltie in Trouble
Sheltie and the Stray
Sheltie and the Snow Pony


ARMADA

The Pony Box - variations

Date: unknown


Contents

Mary Gervaise: Pony from the Farm

Mary Gervaise: Vanishing Pony

Josephine Pullein-Thompson - Pony Club Team

Judith M Berrisford - Jackie and the Pony Boys (title
misprinted)

Christine Pullein-Thompson - A Day to Go Hunting

Diana Pullein-Thompson - I Wanted a Pony



Contents

This box was presumably a generic one whose contents
could be varied.

DRAGON/GRANADA

Caroline Akrill Eventer’s Trilogy box

Date: unknown


Contents

Eventer’s Dream

A Hoof in the Door

Ticket to Ride


ARMADA

The Jackie Box

Date:unknown

Contents
Jackie Won a Pony
Jackie and the Pony Trekkers
Ten ponies and Jackie
Jackie’s Pony Camp Summer
Jackie and the Pony Boys

Jackie’s Show Jumping Surprise