(link to Contents page) ILLUSTRATED END-PAPERS

It was not uncommon for books during the 1930s to have illustrated end-papers, but few of them were actually designed by the author.  Dennis Wheatley and his wife Joan together with his step-daughter Diana Younger, produced illustrated end-papers for most of his books published from 1933 to 1940; the exceptions being 'Such Power is Dangerous' and 'Old Rowley' – 1933, and 'Three Inquisitive People' – 1940, none of which had illustrated end-papers, and 'Red Eagle' – 1937, which carried standard maps.  The last book to include these personal illustrations was 'Faked Passports' – 1940.  On the end-paper of the following book 'The Black Baroness', printed onto a map of Europe, Wheatley wrote: 'no time to draw my own map these days. . . '

After the war, he never resumed the practise, and subsequent end-papers generally carried maps of the story's location provided by Geographia, a subsidiary of Hutchinson.

The illustrations are full of idiosyncratic detail.  Diana Younger, did have some formal training as an artist, but in her own words, was 'always a little too lazy to be really good'.   Nevertheless, her contributions are always attractive and the rather stiffly drawn figures and animals undoubtedly possess a quirky charm.  After moving to America in the 1946 she took up sculpture, and according to Wheatley: 'Her success in this medium proved quite remarkable and high prices are paid for her pieces'.

The end-papers for 'The Forbidden Territory' were the first that Wheatley and his wife illustrated, but because of the huge demand for the book, at least a third of the initial print-run were rushed out without the printer inserting the illustrations, as can be seen in the copy held by the British Library.

Probably the most interesting end-paper designs are those in 'The Devil Rides Out' where a border of cabalistic symbols, zodiacal signs and Egyptian hieroglyphs frame a map of Wiltshire dotted with vintage cars, demons, witches on broomsticks, Egyptian gods and even the Great Beast himself!  The original artwork for this was once on offer for 'several thousand pounds'.

As these books are so expensive, they were not pressed down onto the scanner, so apologies for the small loss along the hinge in the following images:-

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See also The Maps for Dennis Wheatley's Books


THE FORBIDDEN TERRITORY

(January 1933)

Designed by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley

(end-papers for The Forbidden Territory)

BLACK AUGUST

(January 1934)

Designed and created by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley

(end-papers for Black August)

THE FABULOUS VALLEY

(August 1934)

Designed by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley
with animals by Diana Younger

(end-papers for The Fabulous Valley)

THE DEVIL RIDES OUT

(December 1934)

Designed by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley;
horse, etc. by Diana Younger

(end-papers for The Devil Rides Out)

THE EUNUCH OF STAMBOUL

(July 1935)

Designed by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley
and Diana Younger

(end-papers for The Eunuch Of Stamboul)

THEY FOUND ATLANTIS

(January 1936)

Designed by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley
and Diana Younger

(end-papers for They Found Atlantis)

CONTRABAND

(October 1936)

Designed by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley

(end-papers for Contraband)

THE SECRET WAR

(January 1937)

Designed by
Joan and Dennis Wheatley
and Diana Younger

(end-papers for The Secret War)

UNCHARTED SEAS

(January 1938)

Designed by
Diana Younger

(end-papers for Uncharted Seas)

THE GOLDEN SPANIARD

(August 1938)

Figures by
Diana Younger

(end-papers for The Golden Spaniard)

THE QUEST OF JULIAN DAY

(January 1939)

Designed by
Diana Younger

(end-papers for The Quest Of Julian Day)

SIXTY DAYS TO LIVE

(August 1939)

Figures by
Diana Younger

(end-papers for Sixty Days To Live)

THE SCARLET IMPOSTOR

(January 1940)

Figures by
Diana Younger

(end-papers for The Scarlet Impostor)

FAKED PASSPORTS

(June 1940)

Figures by
Diana Younger

(end-papers for Faked Passports)

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