A Descriptive Bibliography of Michael Phillips’ Publications of George MacDonald’s Works

A Bibliography of 20th Century New Editions of MacDonald’s Works, in both Redacted and Original Formats, Reissued by Michael Phillips

Preface to the Sunrise Centenary Editions

������� During the final forty years of the last century, Scottish author George MacDonald (1824-1905) produced some 53 volumes of great diversity, mostly novels but also including poetry, fairy tales, sermons, short stories, and literary essays. Though in his time MacDonald was one of Britain’s top-selling and most respected authors, in the twentieth century his books gradually became unavailable. The time eventually came when not a single original full-length novel, not a single volume of poetry, not a single original sermon, and not a single literary essay of George MacDonald’s was to be found in print on either side of the Atlantic. A great literary and spiritual legacy seemed in danger of being lost.

������� However, as MacDonald himself so perceptively noted in Paul Faber, Surgeon through the mouth of Joseph Polwarth, though fashions change and though trends may be neglected for a season, ancient, forgotten flowers can reappear in an old garden suddenly. All the time their essential life has been hid below the surface awaiting opportunity to spring into bloom once again. Such is true with writing styles also as we are witnessing in the late years of the 20th century. After decades of being overlooked, George MacDonald has once again become a literary influence in the lives of many thousands the world over.

������� As part of that process, Sunrise Books is proud to offer these new “Centenary” editions of the works of George MacDonald, bringing back to the reading public a hundred years after their first publication, the stories, truths, insights, and spiritual perspectives of this man of God.

������� It is our sincere hope and prayer that these books will exercise an equal impact in our own generation as they did a century ago. Furthermore, when still another hundred years shall have passed, perhaps these 20th century facsimiles will enable publishers, libraries, and editors to continue making MacDonald’s life-changing message available to future generations. For it is a message which must be told anew to every generation. The call of George MacDonald’s life and the essential cry of his heart through the body of his work is the call to a lifestyle of simplicity and obedience, a call to singleness of mind and purpose in that obedience. It is a challenge to the Christians of the world, both now and in the future, to practice daily, in the next five minutes, their faith in God. It is an exhortation to holiness. It is a call to live like Jesus.

������� Believing, therefore, in the importance and the permanence of George MacDonald’s work, we have given every attention to detail in the reproduction of these volumes. We believe not only that the treasures to be found in these pages are deserving of quality reserved for true classics, we also desire to produce books which will stand the test of time, are worthy to be treasured as family heirlooms, and will provide enjoyment and enrichment for many years to come. We sincerely hope that your investment will yield a truly abundant harvest according to Mark 4:8 in your own life, and in the lives of those with whom you come in contact.

������� The corpus of George MacDonald’s written life’s work can roughly be divided into five groupings: Novels, Sermons, Stories, Poems, and Essays. These comprise the five divisions in the series of Sunrise Centenary Editions. We have produced new artwork for the covers. However, much of the front-matter – the pen-and-ink drawings, the 19th century quotations, and whatever dedications MacDonald made – has been taken directly from the original publications. Finally, whenever possible we have photographically reproduced actual original texts for the body of these editions, thus insuring that every word appears just as it originally did. When this has not been possible, every care has been taken to make sure there are no deviations from the original texts.

������� If through this publication effort, we can have but a small hand in keeping George MacDonald’s spiritual heritage alive, we will have fulfilled what we set out to accomplish. Such is our vision, and in that spirit we offer you this present volume.

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Published by Sunrise Books, Eureka, California

Alec Forbes of Howglen, 1988, facsimile of 1865 original edition
David Elginbrod, 1999, facsimile of 1863 original edition
Robert Falconer, 1990, facsimile of 1868 original edition
Malcolm, 1988, facsimile of 1875 original edition
The Marquis of Lossie, 1993, facsimile of 1877 original edition
Sir Gibbie, 1988, facsimile of 1879 original edition
Donal Grant, 1990, facsimile of 1883 original edition
Thomas Wingfold, Curate, 1988, facsimile of 1876 original edition

          I just received The Disciple and Other Poems. Is the bindery doing an even better job than earlier or is it just the color that strikes my fancy? This is a beautiful book! It does exactly what you meant this series to do—it is perfect! Just seeing it, holding it, the texture, the smell, just opening it, is pure book-lover’s pleasure.
This reminds me of you standing in your office, Mike talking about the idea for these books. Summing it all up you said, ‘I just want them to be…’ and you had no word to capture it all, but the expression on your face and gesture of your hand made a word unnecessary between us.
Well you’ve done it! These books are…
And holding this book in my hand now reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to say. Your commitment to publishing these books in this form is a wonderful thing. It shows once again what has been manifest all along: that your involvement in ‘bookselling’ has always been informed by the riches of the first part of that compound word, books rather than—as too many others are, even in Christian bookselling -invested in the material aims of the second part, selling.
You’re true “publishers” in the most important sense, in the sense that you are willing to produce books that simply should exist, even knowing they will probably lose money or at best break even. Praise the Lord for everything that makes this possible.
—Michael McClure, 1990

Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood, 1990, facsimile of 1867 original edition
The Seaboard Parish, 2001, facsimile of 1868 original edition
The Vicar’s Daughter, 2001, facsimile of 1872 original edition
Castle Warlock, 1998, facsimile of 1882 original edition
What’s Mine’s Mine, 1994, facsimile of 1886 original edition
Guild Court, 2004, facsimile of 1868 original edition
The Elect Lady, 1989, facsimile of 1888 original edition
Salted With Fire, 1989, facsimile of 1897 original edition
Unspoken Sermons First Series, 1998, facsimile of 1867 original edition
Unspoken Sermons Second Series, 1995, facsimile of 1885 original edition
Unspoken Sermons Third Series, 1996, facsimile of 1889 original edition
The Hope of the Gospel, 1989, facsimile of 1892 original edition
A Hidden Life and Other Poems, 1988, facsimile of 1864 original edition
The Disciple and Other Poems, 1989, facsimile of 1867 original edition


The Fisherman’s Lady,1982, Bethany House Publishers (BHP), edited edition of MacDonald’s Malcolm, whose unexpected success helped spark the resurgence of interest in MacDonald, leading to the 20th century explosion in availability of MacDonald’s works.

“Never will I forget the day I first discovered The Fisherman’s Lady. It was like an awakening of life for me.”

The Marquis’ Secret, 1982, BHP, sequel to The Fisherman’s Lady, edited edition of The Marquis of Lossie.

Malcolm, 2001, republication 2 volumes in 1 of The Fisherman’s Lady and The Marquis of Lossie.

The Baronet’s Song, 1983, BHP, edited edition of Sir Gibbie.

“Fabulous, for want of any word which would describe the editing of The Curate’s Awakening by George MacDonald.”

The Shepherd’s Castle,1983, BHP, edited edition of Donal Grant.

The Poet and the Pauper, 2002, BHP, republication 2 volumes in 1 of The Baronet’s Song and The Shepherd’s Castle.

The musician’s Quest, 1884, BHP, edited edition of Robert Falconer.

The Tutor’s First Love, 1984, BHP, edited edition of David Elginbrod.

“Understanding MacDonald’s message has been a challenge for me. Having it in language I understand has been a help.”

The Maiden’s Bequest,1985, BHP, edited edition of Alec Forbes of Howglen.

The Curate’s Awakening, 1985, BHP, edited edition of Thomas Wingfold, Curate.

The Lady’s Confession, 1986, BHP, sequel

“MacDonald’s books have really changed my outlook.”

The Curate’s Awakening, edited edition of Paul Faber, Surgeon.

The Baron’s Apprenticeship, 1986, BHP, sequel to The Lady’s Confession, edited edition of There and Back.

“Without your editing, I would never read George MacDonald’s wonderful books.”

The Curate of Glaston, 2003, BHP, republication 3 volumes in 1: The Curate’s Awakening, The Lady’s Confession, The Baron’s Apprenticeship

The Highlander’s Last Song, 1986, BHP, edited edition of What’s Mine’s Mine.

“I have been so blessed by the writings of George MacDonald…thank you for bringing them out of obscurity and putting them in a form that can be understood by today’s English speaking seekers of the Truth.”

The Laird’s Inheritance, 1987, BHP, edited edition of Castle Warlock.

The Gentlewoman’s Choice, 1987, BHP, edited edition of Weighed and Wanting.

A Daughter’s Devotion, 1988, BHP, edited edition of Mary Marston.

The Peasant Girl’s Dream, 1988, BHP, edited edition of Heather and Snow.

“Mr. Phillips, who is himself a lover of the best that is in MacDonald, has scrupulously kept the flavor and the faith of the Scottish author intact…His editing consists…of two things: the simplification of thick highland dialect…and the gentle curbing of MacDonald’s tendency to stop and preach…Phillips wields his surgical pencil so deftly that it hardly leaves a scar…
“The novels take us back to the Scotland of a hundred years ago when British society was rigidly stratified and religion was strict and unbending. The plots are varied and generally quite gripping; the settings are fresh and vivid.”
—Tom Williams, Heather, Highlands, and Holiness: The Century-old contemporary novels of George MacDonald.

The Minister’s Restoration, 1988, BHP, edited edition of Salted With Fire.

The Landlady’s Master, 1989, BHP, edited edition of The Elect Lady.

The Poet’s Homecoming, 1990, BHP, edited edition of Home Again.

The Scottish Collection, 1988, BHP, republication 3 volumes in 1: The Maiden’s Bequest, The Minister’s Restoration, The Laird’s Inheritance.

Discovering the Heart of God, 1989, BHP, edited topical selections, mostly non-fiction.

Knowing the Heart of God, 1990, BHP, edited topical selections, mostly non-fiction.

Wee Sir Gibbie of the Highlands, 1990, BHP, edited edition of Sir Gibbie for young readers.

Alec Forbes and His Friend Annie, 1990 BHP, edited edition of Alec Forbes of Howglen for young readers.

“Thank you again, Mr. Phillips, for your work…it is helping to strengthen the Body of Christ with a renewed vision from a man of our past heritage!”

At the Back of the North Wind, 1991 BHP, edited edition of At the Back of the North Wind for young readers.

The Adventures of Ranald Bannerman, 1991 BHP, edited edition of Rannald Bannerman’s Boyhood for young readers.

A Time to Grow, 1991 BHP, devotional selections arranged for spring.

A Time to Harvest, 1991 BHP, devotional selections arranged for autumn.

Wisdom to Live By, 1996, Sunrise Books, a new anthology of 1,324 quotes taken from all the works of George MacDonald, both fiction and non-fiction, edited and original.