DENNIS WHEATLEY’S FIRST EDITIONS: COLLATIONS

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The following list has been compiled from my own collection and from corresponding with other collectors over a number of years.  It is unfortunate that Wheatley’s publishers, Hutchinson & Co., should have lost all their records of DW’s titles during the 2nd World War.  As a result we have been left with a number of anomolies as to what constitutes a genuine first edition.

In compiling my list, I have followed these guidelines:

  1. if a book has been signed and dated by DW as a presentation copy at the time of publication, then I have used the information from that copy as defining the first edition of that title;
  2. in the absence of the above, if the book is shown to have come from DW’s own library and then presented at a later date, I have used the information from this title;
  3. in the absence of either of the above, I have relied on a consensus of a number of collectors;
  4. if all else has failed, I have used the details from my own copies.

The above should have been sufficient to produce as good a definitive list as could be expected.  However nothing is that easy.  I have found that even following the above produces some conflict of evidence which I have been unable to resolve.

The main differences that remain unresolved can be generally broken down into three catagories:

In all cases I have opted to show the differences as ‘variants’.  Note: this does not devalue any of the copies, in fact it is quite possible that a ‘variant’ could well be rarer than its alternative and thus be more sought after by collectors.

As with the rest of this site, this is an on-going exercise and, no doubt, further information will come to light which will require me to amend my information.  Look out for the date at the bottom of this page, it will show you if and when I have updated it and, of course, keep visiting the What’s New page where I will detail any changes made.

All titles published by Hutchinson & Co. unless stated otherwise.  Clicking on the icon will open a new window and take you to the relevant entry for that title in the main site.

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1749-1949 : The Seven Ages Of Justerini’s, Riddle Books, London; (no jacket);
Cr 8vo; cream cloth, backstrip and front cover lettered in gilt, illustration onlaid to front cover;
blank endpapers;
[1949]; (printed in England); 85pp., [vii] illustrations.

1749-1965 : The Eight Ages Of Justerini’s, The Dolphin Publishing Co.; (no jacket, although one was added in 1968 when the company moved premises);
Cr 8vo; pictorial boards;
blank endpapers;
1965; printed by Hunt Barnard and Co. Ltd., Aylesbury; 102pp., [vii] illustrations.

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Alibi; Geographia;
Board game comprising a 4.9" x 4.6" (approx) contents box with fitted lid and a 19.6" x 14.4" (approx) playing board;
the contents box and board are made of card covered in dark blue material, with identical pictorials labels on the front.
The box contains: 5 playing pieces (raincoated figures coloured dark brown / dark grey / light blue / bright green & beige), 12 suspect cards and 20 instruction cards (all with buff coloured backs), a stapled book of warrant slips, a dice with shaker and a small stapled 12 page rule book.
In the box, the playing pieces are laid out in a row and secured to a supporting piece of buff coloured card by small elastic bands. Underneath the playing pieces on the right are two larger elastic bands; presumably to hold in place the cards. The shaker fits into a vertical at the bottom left of the card.
Original price [10/6]; [Apr 1953]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Ltd., St. Albans.

Variants: 1. While everything else is as described above, the suspect cards and instruction cards have bright red backs.
2. The dark grey figure is replaced by a dark blue figure, and the inside of the box has a fundamentally different layout. The figures are set out in two rows rather than one (three above and two below) and there is no evidence of elastic bands; small apertures are cut in the card to hold the bases of the figures.
There are apertures in the card for both the shaker and the cards, and the rulebook is made of three pieces of paper folded together without the use of staples. It is possible this variant represents the earliest version the game although there is no typographic evidence that one version is earlier than the other.

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Bill For The Use Of A Body; pictorial jacket by Fratini;
Cr 8vo; original price 16s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of Central Japan and Hong Kong;
[Apr] 1964; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., in Tiptree, Essex; 222pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Black August; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Joan and Dennis Wheatley, containing an illustrated map of East Anglia;
[Jan 1934]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 349pp., [viii] adverts, [lvi] Hutchinson catalogue (Autumn 1933), [viii] (Hutchinson’s Supplementary Autumn List 1933).

The Black Baroness; pictorial jacket by Diana le Poer Trenon (neé Younger);
Cr 8vo; original price 9/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers containing a map of Western Europe;
[Oct 1940]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 386pp., [xii] adverts, [xl] Hutchinson catalogue (... for the Fall 1940).

The Black Magic Omnibus : The Devil Rides Out [&] Strange Conflict [&] To The Devil—A Daughter; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 21/-; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
blank endpapers;
[Nov] 1956; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co., Ltd., Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 992pp.

Blockade; Hutchinson & Geographia;
board game comprising a 6¼" x 4¾" contents box with fitted lid and a 19¼" square playing board;
box and playing board are card covered in dark blue material, both with an identical affixed white label edged in red and lettered in blue and red;
the playing area is a coloured fictional geographical map and divided into a 44 x 44 grid of numbered squares;
the contents box is divided into six compartments and contains: 3 dice with dice shaker, 108 coloured wooden playing pieces (7 red, 6 blue, 3 yellow and 2 green diamonds; 1 red, 4 blue, 7 yellow and 6 green cylinders; 8 red, 6 blue, 12 yellow and 18 green pyramids; 7 red, 7 blue, 7 yellow and 7 green cubes), 2 spare white playing pieces for each shape, a 12pp. rule book and 2 reference sheets.;
original price [8/6]; [1939].

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A Century Of Horror (edited by Dennis Wheatley); unattributed pictorial jacket;
demy Cr 8vo; original price 3/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering and design to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[Oct 1935]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 1024pp.

A Century Of Spy Stories (edited by Dennis Wheatley); pictorial jacket by L.F.L.(?);
demy Cr 8vo; original price 3/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering and design to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[Jun 1938]; printed by The Hutchinson Printing Trust Ltd., London; 831pp.

Codeword–Golden Fleece; pictorial jacket by Shields;
Cr 8vo; original price 10/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[May 1946]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 320pp.

Come Into My Parlour; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 12s. 6d.; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[Nov 1946]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 384pp.

Contraband; blue lettering on a dark yellow background (also a pictorial variant, possibly for the Colonial market);
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering stamped to the spine and top board;
front and rear endpapers by Joan and Dennis Wheatley, containing an illustrated map of South East England;
[Oct 1936]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 281pp., [vii] adverts, [lvi] Hutchinson catalogue (Autumn 1936, Autumn List).

Curtain Of Fear; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
blank endpapers;
[Oct] 1953; printed by Premier Press Ltd., at Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 294pp.

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Dangerous Inheritance; pictorial jacket by Edward Mortelmans (sealed in cellophane by the publisher);
Cr 8vo; original price 25s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth with gilt lettering and black lines to the spine;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of Corfu and Ceylon;
[Aug] 1965; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., and bound by Wm. Brendon & Son Ltd., both of Tiptree, Essex; 349pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

The Dark Secret Of Josephine; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 15s; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front and rear endpapers containing a map of The West Indies 1795;
[Mar] 1955; printed by William Brendon and Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, (late of Plymouth), Watford; 447pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Death In The Sunshine : The Fabulous Valley [&] The Secret War [&] The Eunuch Of Stamboul; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 21s; bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
blank endpapers;
[Dec] 1958; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Herts, and bound by them; 928pp.

Variant: smaller colophon on spine and wording of front jacket flap repeated on half-title page.

The Deception Planners : My Secret War; jacket photograph by Sandy Porter;
Cr 8vo; original price £7.95; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering on spine;
blank endpapers;
[Aug] 1980; ISBN 0091418305; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd and bound by Wm Brendon & Son Ltd both of Tiptree, Essex; 240pp. (incl. glossary and 10pp. index), [viii] illustrations.

Desperate Measures; pictorial jacket by Barbosa;
Cr 8vo; original price £2.75; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, with gilt lettering, black lines and small gilt Hutchinson's 'bull' colophon on spine;
front and rear endpapers containing a map of Belgium;
[Sep] 1974; ISBN 0091197201; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd and bound by Wm Brendon & Son Ltd both of Tiptree, Essex; 415pp. (incl 4pp. about the Roger Brook saga), [i] Wheatley publicity. (To be complete, a 1st of this title should also contain a ‘Roger Brook’ bookmark.)

The Devil And All His Works; (jacket front) ‘The Witches’ Sabbath’ by Francisco Goya; (jacket back) a card from the Tarot pack, ‘The Juggler’, designed by Aleister Crowley and painted by Frieda Hariss;
demy 4to; original price £4.50; bound in black cloth with silver lettering and design to the spine;
black endpapers;
[Sep] 1971; ISBN 0091077702; text set by BAS Printers Ltd, Over Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co Ltd, Greycaine Road, Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire, colour printed by Jolly & Barber Ltd, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire and bound by Webb Son & Co Ltd, 303 Chase Road, Southgate, London N14; 302pp. (incl. 4pp. notes & 5pp. index), [i] list of other DW books.

The Devil Rides Out; pictorial jacket by Diana Younger;
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Joan and Dennis Wheatley with figures by Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map showing ‘the car chase’ across the English Southern Counties;
[Dec 1934]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 329pp. (p.329 asks for readers’ opinions on this type of story), [v] adverts.

Variants: 1. [xl] catalogue (Spring 1935, List No.1).
2. Page 329 excised
3. No catalogue; Page 329 excised

Some copies have a Crime Book Society’s wrap-around band – click here for details

Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out; The Haunting Of Toby Jugg; Gateway To Hell; To The Devil–A Daughter (published jointly by William Heinemann Ltd., Secker & Warburg Ltd. and Octopus Books Ltd., all of London); unattributed pictorial jacket with photographs by John Moss, Alan Frank and Mark Aerson;
demy 8vo; original price £4.95; bound in red paper with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers are a red background filled with a repeating ‘DENNIS WHEATLEY’ in black;
[Sep] 1977; ISBN 0905712188; printed by Jarrold & Sons Ltd, Norwich; 864pp.

Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out; Gateway To Hell (Chancellor Press, London); no jacket;
Cr 8vo; unpriced; laminated pictorial boards by Terry Oakes;
blank endpapers;
[Apr] 1992; ISBN 1851521860; printed in Great Britain by The Bath Press; 397pp.

The Devil Rides Out [&] Gateway To Hell (BCA by arrangement with the Dennis Wheatley estate); pictorial jacket 'conceived by Victoria Nemeth and realised by Andrew Forrest';
Cr 8vo; unpriced [?9.99]; bound in black boards with gilt lettering to spine;
blank endpapers;
[Nov] 2005; (CN: 142780); printed and bound in GB by Mackays of Chatham plc; 643pp.

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The Early Adventures Of Roger Brook : The Launching Of Roger Brook [&] The Shadow Of Tyburn Tree; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 15/-; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
(front endpapers taken from The Launching Of Roger Brook, rear endpapers from The Shadow Of Tyburn Tree);
[Jul 1951]; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, (late of Plymouth), at Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 760pp.

The Eunuch Of Stamboul; pictorial jacket by Abbey;
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers byJoan and Dennis Wheatley and Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of Stamboul;
[Jul 1935]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 298pp., [ix] adverts, [xlviii] Hutchinson catalogue (Spring 1935, List No.2).

Variants: 1. [vi] adverts, [xlviii] Hutchinson catalogue (Summer 1935, List No. 2);
2.[vi] adverts, [xl] Hutchinson catalogue (Summer 1935);
3. [vi] adverts, [xx] Hutchinson catalogue (undated).

Evil In A Mask; pictorial jacket by Gino d’Achille;
Cr 8vo; original price 35s/£1.75; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, with gilt lettering, black lines and small gilt Hutchinson's 'bull' colophon on spine;
grey endpapers;
[Aug] 1969; ISBN 009098580X; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 511pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

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The Fabulous Valley; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Joan and Dennis Wheatley with figures by Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of Southern Africa;
[Aug 1934]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 286pp., [ii] adverts, [xlviii] Hutchinson catalogue (Summer and Early Autumn 1934).
Some copies have a Crime Book Society’s wrap-around band – click here for details

Faked Passports; pictorial jacket by Diana Younger;
Cr 8vo; original price 9/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers with figures by Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of Finland;
[Jun 1940]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 432pp., [i] Author’s Note requesting that readers vote on the subject of the next novel, [vii] adverts.

Variant: [xii] adverts, [xl] Hutchinson catalogue (undated).

Dennis Wheatley’s First Book Of Horror Stories : Tales Of ‘Strange Doings’ (selected by Dennis Wheatley); pictorial jacket by William Randell;
Cr 8vo; original price 30s; bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine;
grey endpapers;
[Mar] 1968; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 288pp.

The Forbidden Territory; pictorial jacket [designed by Joan Wheatley];
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Joan and Dennis Wheatley, containing an illustrated map of Western USSR;
[Jan 1933]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 288pp., [xlviii] Hutchinson catalogue Autumn 1932 and Early Spring 1933.

Variants: 1. due to the binder’s error during the first print run a number of copies exist without endpapers;
2. [xl] Hutchinson catalogue Spring 1933, Spring List No.1 (January).

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Gateway To Hell; pictorial jacket by Edward Mortelmans;
Cr 8vo; original price £1.75p / 35s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, lettered in gilt and lined in black on spine;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of South America and The Andes;
[Aug] 1970; ISBN 0091025702; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 319pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

The Golden Spaniard; pictorial jacket by Diana Younger;
Cr 8vo; original price 8/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers with figures by Diana Younger, containing illustrated maps of the environs of the British Embassy Madrid, Central Madrid and Spain;
[Aug 1938]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 454pp., [viii] adverts, [xxiv] catalogue (undated).

Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts; pictorial jacket by Abbey;
Cr 8vo; original price 9/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
blank endpapers (note: bound without rear free endpaper);
[Jun 1943]; printed by Greycaines, (Taylor, Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd.), Watford, Herts; 222pp.

Variants: printer: The Fleet Street Press, East Harding St., E.C.4

Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts (revised edition); paperback;
7"x 4¼"; original price 3/6; unattributed pictorial front cover with yellow spine and rear cover containing a quote from DW and a photo collage of him at various ages;
inside front cover – book synopsis, rear cover – list of other Arrow DW titles.;
[Mar] 1963; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 318pp., [ii] other DW titles.

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The Haunting Of Toby Jugg; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[Dec 1948]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 292pp.

Herewith The Clues! (published for The Crime-Book Society by Hutchinson & Co. and presented as a dossier); no jacket;
4to; original price 3/6; cover is brown card with lettering on front cover in brown on dark blue background, lettering on rear in dark blue; the dossier is held together with a red ribbon;
[Jul 1939]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans;
contents include police reports, photographs, mark sheets, a sealed section containing the solution, and actual clues in the form of various notes, tickets, cigarette ends, sealing wax, hair, hair pin, powder, feather, fluff, plant material and a bullet case.
     Link to a complete contents listing.

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Into The Unknown : Sixty Days To Live [&] Star Of Ill-Omen [&] Curtain Of Fear; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 25s; bound in black cloth and lettered in silver and red on spine with decoration on front board in red;
blank endpapers;
[Dec] 1960; printed in Great Britain by Taylor, Garnett, Evans & Co. Ltd., and bound by them; 1000pp.

Invasion, Hutchinson & Geographia (issued in a Standard and a boxed de Luxe edition);
Standard version comprising: a 25" x 26” coloured playing board showing a map of parts of pre-war England and Europe with fictional place names, the back of the board being a mottled dark red colour, and a 6 ¼” x 4 ¾” ‘matchbox style’ box containing 160 playing pieces (16 red, 26 blue, 24 yellow and 20 green cubes; 12 red, 4 blue and 8 yellow diamonds; 12 red, 10 blue, 8 yellow and 20 green pyramids plus 2 spare white pieces of each shape); 2 dice with shaker and an 8 page rule book

The de luxe version differs from the standard first edition in a number of respects. It comes in a mottled brown box with a separate compartment on the left which contains all the individual pieces, and the board consists of four fold-out sections rather than the two fold-out sections found in the standard edition. The de luxe edition comes with 13 (?) pins with white flags and 2 (?) spare pins which are not to be found in the standard edition. The de luxe edition is altogether a much more sumptuous piece of work

The standard edition ran to second and third editions, descriptions of which can be found in the notes to the ‘First editions 1938-1939’ page of the website.

Published by Hutchinson & Geographia, London. 7/6 (standard edition) or 12/6 (de luxe edition). Undated

The Irish Witch; pictorial jacket by Val Biro;
Cr 8vo; original price £2.50; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, with gilt lettering, black lines and small gilt Hutchinson's 'bull' colophon on spine;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of the Great Lakes during the war of 1812 and Europe showing the French Defeats 1813/1814;
[Aug] 1973; ISBN 0091162300; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 446pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

The Island Where Time Stands Still; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6; bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
blank endpapers;
[Sep] 1954; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, (late of Plymouth), at Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 336pp.

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The Ka Of Gifford Hillary; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 16s.; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
blank endpapers;
[Jul] 1956; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 407pp.

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The Launching Of Roger Brook; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front endpaper by Geographia, containing a map of Western Europe 1783-1793;
[Jul 1947]; printed by The Fleet Street Press, East Harding Street, EC4; 381pp.

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The Malinsay Massacre (published for The Crime-Book Society by Hutchinson & Co. and presented as a dossier); no jacket;
4to; original price 3/6; cover is brown card with lettering on front cover in black on brown background and brown on black background, lettering and map on rear in black; the dossier is held together with a red ribbon;
[Apr 1938]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans;
contents include handwritten and typed letters, newspaper cuttings, a telegram, photographs, an arsenic tablet, and other items.
     Link to a complete contents listing.

The Man Who Killed The King; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 15/-; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front and rear endpapers by Helen McKie, containing an illustrated map of Paris during the Revolution 1789-1794;
[Nov] 1951; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 568pp.

The Man Who Missed The War; yellow and white writing on a black background;
Cr 8vo; original price 10/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[Nov 1945]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 288pp.

Mayhem In Greece; pictorial jacket by Robert Graham;
Cr 8vo; original price 21s.; bound in green/black dichromatic cloth with silver lettering to the spine;
grey endpapers;
[Aug] 1962; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., in Tiptree, Essex, and bound by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co., Ltd., in Watford, Herts.; 510pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Mediterranean Nights : A Collection Of Short Stories; pictorial jacket by Abbey;
Cr 8vo; original price 9/-; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[Oct 1942]; printed by Greycaines, (Taylor, Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd.), Watford, Herts; 208pp.

Mediterranean Nights : A Collection Of Short Stories (revised edition); paperback;
7"x 4¼"; original price 3/6; unattributed pictorial front cover with yellow spine and rear cover containing a quote from DW and a photo collage of him at various ages;
inside front cover – book synopsis, rear cover – list of other Arrow DW titles.;
1963; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 320pp.

Murder Off Miami (published for The Crime-Book Society by Hutchinson & Co. and presented as a dossier); no jacket;
4to; original price 3/6; cover is brown card lettered in dark blue and red; the dossier is held together with a red ribbon;
[Jul 1936]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans;
contents include reproductions of cablegrams, original handwritten documents, photographs, police reports, criminal records, a sealed section containing the solution, and actual clues in the form of human hair, a piece of blood-stained curtain, etc.
     Link to a complete contents listing.

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The Nine Ages Of Justerini’s : A Celebration Of 250 Years, Justerini & Brooks Limited, London; slip case and wine list by Peter Denmark, no jacket;
sq 4to; blue rexine boards;
blank endpapers;
1998; ISBN 0953426807; printed in Great Britain by BAS Printers Ltd; 258pp.

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. . . Of Vice and Virtue; (1950); privately commissioned by the Foreign Office (no details available).

"Old Rowley" : A Private Life Of Charles II; jacket with main title and author contained in dark geometric shapes, half-title and illustrator in red, all on a plain light background.;
demy Cr 8vo; original price 9/-; bound in speckled blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine;
blank endpapers;
[Sep] 1933; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, Plymouth; 201pp. (incl. 17pp. index), [viii] illust., [iii] adverts, [viii] catalogue (Summer 1933).

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Plot And Counterplot : Black August [&] Contraband [&] The Island Where Time Stands Still; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 21s; bound in black cloth, lettered in silver on spine with title box bordered in blue;
blank endpapers;
[Dec] 1959; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Herts, and bound by them; 848pp.

The Prisoner In The Mask; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 15s.; pictorial cloth, as jacket;
front and rear endpapers illustrated with Dampierre’s toast to the claimant to the throne of France, Duke François de Vendôme.;
[Sep] 1957; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Hertfordshire; 383pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Variant: bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board.

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The Quest Of Julian Day; pictorial jacket by Abbey;
Cr 8vo; original price 8/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of Egypt;
[Jan 1939]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 422pp., [viii] adverts, [xvi] catalogue (undated).

Variant: the copy from DW’s library lacks the illustrated endpapers.

Quiver of Horror : Tales Of ‘Strange Happenings’; paperback;
7" x 4¼"; original price 3/6; unattributed pictorial front cover with yellow spine and black rear cover containing a quote from DW in white lettering;
inside front cover – book introduction by DW, rear cover – advert for the companion title ‘Shafts of Fear’;
[Jul] 1964; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 288pp.

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The Rape Of Venice; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 15s; bound in blue cloth, lettered in gilt and green on spine with gilt Hutchinson 'bull' colophon, decoration on front board in gilt;
front and rear endpapers containing an illustrated map of Venice In The 18th Century;
[Oct] 1959; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Herts, and bound by them; 446pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware; pictorial jacket by Val Biro;
Cr 8vo; original price £2.00; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, with gilt lettering, black lines and small gilt Hutchinson's 'bull' colophon on spine;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of Spain and Russia, showing Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow;
[Aug] 1971; ISBN 0091053501; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 445pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Red Eagle : The Story of the Russian Revolution and of Klementy Efremovitch Voroshilov, Marshal and Commissar for Defence of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics; unattributed illustrated jacket;
demy Cr 8vo; original price 12/6; bound in grey cloth with red lettering to spine with red design to front board;
front endpaper by Geographia, containing a map of Soviet Russia and rear endpaper containing a map of U.S.S.R.;
[Oct] 1937; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, Plymouth; 390pp., (incl. 16pp. index), [xvii] illust., [ix] adverts, [xvi] catalogue (Autumn 1937).

The Rising Storm; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6d.; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front endpaper by Geographia, containing a map of South Western Europe 1789;
[Oct 1949]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 432pp.

Roger Brook In The French Revolution : The Rising Storm [&] The Man Who Killed The King; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 21/-; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front endpapers taken from The Rising Storm, rear endpapers from The Man Who Killed the King;
[Nov] 1957; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Hertfordshire; 996pp.

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The Satanist; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 18/-; pictorial front and rear boards by Sax, black spine with gilt and red lettering;
blank endpapers;
[Aug] 1960; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Herts, and bound by them; 448pp.

Saturdays With Bricks : (And Other Days Under Shell-Fire); unattributed illustrated jacket;
4to; original price 18/-; bound in red cloth with silver lettering to the spine;
rose-coloured endpapers;
[Mar] 1961; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., in Tiptree, Essex and bound by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co., Ltd., in Watford, Herts; 126pp., [ix] illustrations.

The Scarlet Impostor; pictorial jacket by Diana Younger;
Cr 8vo; original price 10/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers with figures by Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of Western Germany;
[Jan 1940]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 454pp., [viii] adverts, [xxxii] catalogue (undated).
Variant: [viii]adverts;

Dennis Wheatley’s Second Book Of Horror Stories : Tales Of ‘Strange Happenings’ (selected by Dennis Wheatley); pictorial jacket by William Randell;
Cr 8vo; original price 30s; bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine;
grey endpapers;
[Aug] 1968; ISBN 0090863607; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 288pp.

The Second Seal; unattributed pictorial jacket [by Sax?];
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6d.; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front and rear endpapers by Geographia, containing a map of Europe in July 1914;
[Nov] 1950; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, (late of Plymouth), at Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 483pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.
Variant : bound in dull red paper covered boards

The Secret Missions Of Gregory Sallust : The Scarlet Impostor [&] Faked Passports [&] The Black Baroness; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 17/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
(front endpapers taken from The Scarlet Impostor, rear endpapers from Faked Passports);
[Jun] 1955; printed by William Brendon and Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, (late of Plymouth), Watford; 1260pp.

The Secret War; pictorial jacket by Abbey;
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Joan and Dennis Wheatley and Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of Ethiopia;
[Jan 1937]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 288pp., [viii] adverts, [xl] Hutchinson catalogue (Spring 1937, Early Spring List).

The Shadow Of Tyburn Tree; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 12s. 6d.; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front endpaper by Geographia, containing a map of North Western Europe 1788;
[May 1948]; printed by The Fleet Street Press, Watford, Herts; 380pp.

Shafts of Fear : Tales Of ‘Strange Doings’; paperback;
7" x 4¼"; original price 3/6; unattributed pictorial front cover with yellow spine and black rear cover containing a quote from DW in white lettering;
inside front cover – book introduction by DW, rear cover – advert for the companion title ‘Quiver of Horror’;
[Jul] 1964; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 288pp.

Sixty Days To Live; pictorial jacket by Diana Younger;
Cr 8vo; original price 8/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers with figures by Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of South East England;
[Aug 1939]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 391pp., [viii] adverts, [xxxii] Hutchinson catalogue undated.

Star Of Ill-Omen; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
blank endpapers;
[May] 1952; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 320pp.

Strange Conflict; pictorial jacket by Frank C. Papé;
Cr 8vo; original price 9/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Geographia, containing a map of Haiti;
[Apr 1941]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 291pp., [xii] adverts.

Variants: it appears there are a variety of board coverings, perhaps due to unpredictable war-time supplies.

The Strange Story Of Linda Lee; pictorial jacket by Michael Brett and Michael Brammam;
Cr 8vo; original price £2.25; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, lettered in gilt and lined in black on spine;
grey endpapers;
[Aug] 1972; ISBN 0091103304; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 383pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Stranger Than Fiction; unattributed illustrated jacket;
demy 8vo; original price 25s; bound in red cloth with dark blue title panel lettered in white on spine;
blank endpapers;
[Feb] 1959; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., in Tiptree, Essex, and bound by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co., Ltd., in Watford, Herts.; 364pp., (incl. 6 maps & 10pp. index), frontispiece portrait, [iii] folded maps.

Such Power is Dangerous; jacket with red and white lettering on a cloud-like dark-coloured background;
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
blank endpapers;
[Jun 1933]; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, Plymouth; 285pp., [i] adverts, Hutchinson catalogue (either (xlviii) Spring 1933, Spring List No.2 (February) or (xxxii) Summer 1933, Summer List No.1 (May)).

The Sultan’s Daughter; pictorial jacket by Robert Graham;
Cr 8vo; original price 21s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth with gilt lettering and Hutchinson's 'bull' colophon to the spine;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of the Turkish Empire and Egypt and Syria at the time of Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign c.1798;
[Aug] 1963; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., in Tiptree, Essex; 511pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

The Sword Of Fate; pictorial jacket by Abbey;
Cr 8vo; original price 9/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers containing a map of the Eastern Mediterranean;
[Sep 1941]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 292pp., [xii] adverts.

Variant: I know of a least three examples of dark-blue cloth binding, perhaps due to unpredictable war-time supplies.

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They Found Atlantis; unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Joan and Dennis Wheatley and Diana Younger containing an illustrated map of Atlantis;
[Jan 1936]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 339pp., [v] adverts, [xl] Hutchinson catalogue (Spring 1936, Spring List No.1).

They Used Dark Forces; pictorial jacket by Edward Mortelmans (sealed in cellophane by the publisher);
Cr 8vo; original price 21s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth with gilt lettering and black lines to the spine, decoration on front board in black;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of the North Western Coast of Germany and Western Berlin;
[Oct] 1964; printed by The Anchor Press, Ltd., and bound by Wm. Brendon & Son Ltd., both of Tiptree, Essex; 511pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Those Modern Musketeers : The adventures of those modern Musketeers, The Duke de Richleau, Simon Aron, Richard Eaton and Rex Van Ryn in Three Inquisitive People [&] The Forbidden Territory [&] The Devil Rides Out [&] The Golden Spaniard; unattributed pictorial jacket [by Diana Younger?];
Cr 8vo; original price 7/6; bound in terracotta cloth with black lettering to spine and front board;
endpapers blank;
[Dec 1939]; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, Plymouth; 1270pp., [ix] Hutchinson’s catalogue (undated).

Those Modern Musketeers : Three Inquisitive People [&] The Forbidden Territory [&] The Golden Spaniard (revised edition); unattributed pictorial jacket;
Cr 8vo; original price 15/-; bound in maroon cloth (sometimes referred to as brick-red), lettered and lined in gilt on spine;
front endpapers taken from The Forbidden Territory, rear endpapers from The Golden Spaniard;
[Apr] 1954; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, (late of Plymouth), at Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 928pp.

Variants: 1. black cloth;
2. endpapers reversed

Three Inquisitive People; unattributed pictorial jacket, marked ‘Hutchinson Red Jacket’;
Cr 8vo; original price 2/-; bound in blue cloth with embossed front board and black lettering to spine;
brown endpapers;
[Feb 1940]; printed by William Brendon & Son, Ltd., The Mayflower Press, Plymouth; 288pp.

The Time Has Come. . .  The Memoirs Of Dennis Wheatley : Drink And Ink 1919-1977; pictorial jacket by Patrick McCreeth with DW’s photograph on back of jacket by Mark Gerson;
Cr 8vo; original price £6.95; bound in black cloth with lettering on spine and decoration on front board in gilt;
blank endpapers;
1979; ISBN 0091366801; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd and bound by Wm Brendon & Son Ltd both of Tiptree, Essex; 278pp. (incl. 1p. epilogue and 9pp. index), [xiii] illustrations, [i] Wheatley publicity.

The Time Has Come. . .  The Memoirs Of Dennis Wheatley : Officer And Temporary Gentleman 1914-1919; pictorial jacket by Patrick McCreeth with DW’s photograph on back of jacket by Mark Gerson;
Cr 8vo; original price £5.95; bound in black cloth with lettering on spine and decoration on front board in gilt;
blank endpapers;
1978; ISBN 0091313104; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd and bound by Wm Brendon & Son Ltd both of Tiptree, Essex; 254pp. (incl. 8pp. index), [ix] illustrations, [i] Wheatley publicity.

The Time Has Come. . .  The Memoirs Of Dennis Wheatley : The Young Man Said 1897-1914; pictorial jacket by Patrick McCreeth with DW’s photograph on back of jacket by Mark Gerson;
Cr 8vo; original price £4.95; bound in black cloth with lettering on spine and decoration on front board in gilt;
blank endpapers;
1977; ISBN 0091278902; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd and bound by Wm Brendon & Son Ltd both of Tiptree, Essex; 255pp. (incl. 7pp. index), [xiii] illustrations, [i] Wheatley publicity.

To The Devil – A Daughter; pictorial jacket by Frank C. Papé;
Cr 8vo; original price 12/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
front and rear endpapers containing illustrated maps of the Côte d’Azur;
[Jan] 1953; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 384pp.

To The Devil—A Daughter [&] The Satanist (BCA by arrangement with the Dennis Wheatley estate); pictorial jacket 'conceived by Victoria Nemeth and realised by Andrew Forrest';
Cr 8vo; unpriced [?9.99]; bound in black boards with gilt lettering to spine;
blank endpapers;
[Nov] 2005; (CN: 142801); printed and bound in GB by Mackays of Chatham plc; 830pp.

Total War; (paperback);
12mo; original price 1/-; yellow lettering on black background;
[Dec 1941]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 82pp.

Traitors’ Gate; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 16s; pictorial front and rear boards as jacket, lilac spine with gilt lettering;
front and rear endpapers containing an illustrated street plan of Budapest and Ground plan of the Tower Of London;
[Sep] 1958; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Hertfordshire; 383pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

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Uncharted Seas; pictorial jacket by Diana Younger;
Cr 8vo; original price 8/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers by Diana Younger, containing an illustrated map of ‘Satan’s Island’ and ‘Yonota’s Island’ somewhere in the South Atlantic;
[Jan 1938]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans; 408pp., [viii] adverts, [xxiv] Hutchinson catalogue undated.

Unholy Crusade; pictorial jacket by Edward Mortelmans (sealed in cellophane by the publisher);
Cr 8vo; original price 30s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, lettered in gilt and lined in black on spine;
front and rear endpapers containing a map of Mexico;
[Aug] 1967; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 379pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

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V For Vengeance; pictorial jacket by Abbey;
Cr 8vo; original price 10/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board;
front and rear endpapers containing an illustrated street plan of Paris;
[Mar 1942]; printed by The Anchor Press Ltd., Tiptree, Essex; 248pp.

Vendetta In Spain; pictorial jacket by Sax;
Cr 8vo; original price 18s; bound in blue/yellow dichromatic cloth with silver lettering to the spine;
blue endpapers;
[Aug] 1961; printed by Taylor Garnett Evans & Co. Ltd., Watford, Hertfordshire and bound by them; 383pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

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The Wanton Princess; pictorial jacket by Edward Mortelmans (sealed in cellophane by the publisher);
Cr 8vo; original price 30s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, with gilt lettering, black lines and small gilt Hutchinson's 'bull' colophon on spine;
front and rear endpapers containing maps of the Caribbean and Western Europe 1800-1805;
[Aug] 1966; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 460pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

We Move With The Times; a commemorative scroll for Justerini & Brooks, wine merchants;
approx. 8¼" wide, possibly presented in a presentation tube;
[1954]

The White Witch Of The South Seas; pictorial jacket by Gino d’Achille (sealed in cellophane by the publisher);
Cr 8vo; original price 30s; bound in red/black dichromatic cloth, lettered in gilt and lined in black on spine;
front and rear endpapers containing a map of the Fijis;
[Aug] 1968; ISBN 009086400X; printed by Anchor Press, and bound by Wm. Brendon, both of Tiptree, Essex; 382pp., [i] Wheatley publicity.

Who Killed Robert Prentice? (published for The Crime-Book Society by Hutchinson & Co. and presented as a dossier); no jacket;
4to; original price 3/6; cover is pale blue card with pale blue lettering to a dark blue background on front cover; dark blue lettering and photo on rear cover; the dossier is held together with a red ribbon;
[Jun 1937]; printed by Fisher, Knight & Co., Gainsborough Press, St. Albans;
contents include newspaper cuttings, a complete fictional newspaper, handwritten notes, typed correspondence, photographs, a sealed section containing the solution, and actual clues in the form of a railway ticket, postage stamp, a hand-written letter in envelope, torn-up photograph and pill bottle label.
     Link to a complete contents listing.

Worlds Far From Here : Uncharted Seas [&] The Man Who Missed The War [&] They Found Atlantis; pictorial jacket by Ley Kenyon; ; pictorial jacket by Ley Kenyon;
Cr 8vo; original price 17/6; bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine;
blank endpapers;
[Nov] 1952; printed by Premier Press Ltd., Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, Herts.; 1120pp.

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