DENNIS WHEATLEY'S 1ST EDITIONS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION
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The Forbidden Territory
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Publication date:

[3 January 1933]

Series:

Duc de Richleau and friends adventure novel

 

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de Richleau series in
chronological order

(link to The Forbidden Territory notes) Publisher's synopsis:
Here is a novel of Russia under Stalin, and in the course of a thrilling story we learn of the desperate hazards which beset the traveller entering the Soviet Republic upon a Secret Mission and endeavouring to re-cross the Frontier without official papers.

In the epicurean Duc de Richleau, the Jewish financier Simon Aron and the wealthy young American Rex Van Ryn, a modern trinity of devoted friends has been created whose audacious exploits may well compare with those of Dumas' famous Musketeers.

THE FORBIDDEN TERRITORY is a magnificent yarn. Vivid, exciting and ingenious it combines high qualities of style with thrilling, engrossing and provocative narrative.

Known reprints:
January 1933(x2) (? inc 3rd impression), February 1933 (? inc 5th & 7th impressions), February 1934 (?7th Thousand) , December 1934 (?15th Thousand), November 1936 (?19th Thousand) , July 1938, May 1940, June 1943 (? 67th Thousand), March 1944, August 1947, March 1951, February 1953, February 1954, 1957
(7thThousand )? February 1934 (21th reprint cover for The Forbidden Territory) (21th reprint cover for The Forbidden Territory) (39th reprint cover for The Forbidden Territory) (84th reprint cover for The Forbidden Territory)
(7thThousand )
? February 1934
(21st Thousand /
19th Impression)
'Blue Star Library'
circa 1937-8
(21stThousand)
(note new price)
(39th Thousand)
? 1st 5/- edition
(84th Thousand)
? May 1940
(1951 reprint cover for The Forbidden Territory) (1951 reprint cover for The Forbidden Territory) (1957 reprint cover for The Forbidden Territory)    
(67th Thousand)
? June 1943
(note lower 'Thousand'!)
(77th Thousand)
March 1951
February 1954;
(16th Impression)
1957
   

Such Power Is Dangerous
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(link to Such Power Is Dangerous notes) Publication date:

[12 June 1933]

Series:

A one-off drama featuring Avril Bamborough and the film industry of Hollywood in the Thirties

Publisher's synopsis:

'. . . Once we have begun our operations there can be no turning back, but if you agree to join me I have no single doubt as to our success. What is your answer?'

Hinckman stood up – his great chin jutted out and he threw his massive shoulders back as he replied: 'I guess this is the biggest proposition that's ever been put up, Lord Fortescue – but I'm your man!'

Lord Gavin took his hand, a sudden fire leapt into his strange, cold eyes. 'Within a year,' he said softly, 'you and I will be the richest and most powerful men in the world.'

Known reprints:
1934, 1936, 1938, 1942, 1945, 1953, 1957
(71st reprint cover for Such Power Is Dangerous) (71st reprint cover for Such Power Is Dangerous) (1953 reprint cover for Such Power Is Dangerous)
(12th Thousand)
? 1936
(British Sales
71st Thousand)
circa 1938-40
1953; 1957

"Old Rowley". A Private Life Of Charles II
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Publication date:

[29 September] 1933

Series:

One of two Historical Biographies, the other being Red Eagle; the story of the Russian revolution and biography of Klementy Efremovitch Voroshilov, Marshal and Commissar USSR.

(link to Old Rowley notes) Publisher's synopsis:
This is the story of the life of Charles II, England's favourite king, of his exile, his triumphant return and the golden years of his reign.

We meet the king, attending affairs of state, with ladies at either arm; we go 'wenching' with his courtiers; excitedly follow him, disguised, working in servants' halls up and down the land, and hiding in the famous oak tree. And meet the artless, charming Nell – orange-seller, actress, companion to the famous and mistress to the merry monarch.

'Old Rowley' had a full life, but Dennis Wheatley has missed nothing. He is a master in the art of evoking atmosphere and is at his brilliant best in this fascinating biography.

Known reprints:
Fifth impression (c 1933), 5/- cheap edition (c 1936?), sixth impression


Sixth impression;
Bookshelf Library
circa 1938


Sixth impression;
Bookshelf Library
new dustjacket
circa 1943

Old Rowley : Special Limited Edition 1933
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Publication date:

[29 September] 1933

Series:

(see above)

(link to Old Rowley Special Limited Edition notes)
(Bound in white linen with gilt lettering to spine)
Publisher's synopsis:

(see above)


Black August
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(link to Black August notes) Publication date:

[January 1934]

Series:

Gregory Sallust in a science fiction/ drama novel

 

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Gregory Sallust series in
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Publisher's synopsis:

England, involved through the ruin of other countries, is faced with financial collapse and revolution, bringing panic, street-fighting and an uncontrolled exodus from the cities to the countryside, where bands of starving people wander, pillaging for food.

Out of the terror and the bloodshed steps Gregory Sallust, to take the leadership of a group of men and women seeking only to survive: to lead them through bitter hardship and terrible hazard to a rural settlement which they fortify against invasion, and which, at first, seems reasonably secure. . . .

Known reprints:
16th Thousand, 69th Thousand, 74th Thousand (1st 5/- edition), 82nd Thousand (circa 1948), 102nd Thousand (circa 1949), 117th Thousand (circa 1952), 119th Thousand (circa 1956), 1961
Black August (74th reprint cover for Black August) (82nd reprint cover for Black August) (102nd reprint cover for Black August) (117th reprint cover for Black August)
(16th Thousand)
circa Jan/June 1937
(74th Thousand)
1st 5/- edition
(82nd Thousand)
circa 1948
(102nd Thousand)
circa 1949
(117th Thousand)
circa 1952;
(119th Thousand);
circa 1956

The Fabulous Valley
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Publication date:

[24 August 1934]

Series:

A one-off adventure novel featuring the heirs of John Thomas Long

(link to The Fabulous Valley notes) Publisher's synopsis:

As the brute sprang she screamed and fell sideways. There was a snarling roar, a horrible choking gurgle and, as she tried to fling herself farther back upon the ground, she saw that the great cat was whirling round and round with her father underneath it. The fore-claws were buried in his shoulders and the hind ones tearing at his body.

She screamed again, half-mad with terror. The leopard suddenly stopped gyrating, then, seizing Henry's neck in its great teeth, it shook him like a rat. A rifle cracked, the leopard leaped sideways across her father's body and then Patricia fainted.

Known reprints:
August 1934 (?10th Thousand) , 1935, August 1937, August 1940, January 1942, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1957
(46th Thousand) August 1940 (1950 reprint cover for The Fabulous Valley) (1954 reprint cover for The Fabulous Valley)
(46th Thousand)
? August 1940
(131st Thousand)
1950
(book bound with
pictorial paper-
covered boards)
1954; 1957

The Devil Rides Out
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(link to The Devil Rides Out notes) Publication date:

[12 December 1934]
(originally serialised in an abridged form in the Daily Mail from 31 October to 22 December )

Series:

Duc de Richleau and friends in an occult novel

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de Richleau series in
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Black Magic/Occult titles

Publisher's synopsis:

Black Magic is still practised in all the great cities of the world.  This novel tells with macabre detail of a beautiful woman caught in a web of Satanists, of a young man brought to the verge of madness through his dabbling with the powers of evil.

As in Dennis Wheatley's The Forbidden Territory we meet the Duke de Richleau, Simon Aron, the Princess Marie Lou, and other characters.  From London to the West Country, from the slums of Paris to a Christian monastery, the action of this powerful occult thriller moves with fantastic, compelling force..

Known reprints:
10th Thousand, 15th Thousand (circa 1935), 1939, 21st Thousand (circa 1942), 1943, 1946 (?'29th Thousand' [sic]), 1948, 1949(x2), 1952, 1954, 1956(x2)
10th Thousand (circa 1935) (49th reprint cover for The Devil Rides Out) (The Devil Rides Out) (136th reprint cover for The Devil Rides Out) (cheap edition cover for The Devil Rides Out)
10th Thousand
(circa 1935)
15th Thousand
(circa 1935)
49th Thousand
(circa 1939)
29th Thousand
(circa 1946)
(note lower
‘Thousand’ !)
(jacket restored)
(136th Thousand)
circa 1948*
*(mentions 'The Haunting of Toby Jugg' in preparation);
4/6 Cheap edition (132nd Thousand)
circa 1949*
*(includes 'The Haunting of Toby Jugg' in the list of DW's work)
(cheap edition cover for The Devil Rides Out)
147th Thousand
circa 1952;
1956 (2nd printing)

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