DENNIS WHEATLEY'S 1ST EDITIONS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION
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The Scarlet Impostor
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(link to The Scarlet Impostor notes) Publication date:

[7 January 1940]

Series:

A Gregory Sallust WW2 espionage novel

 

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Gregory Sallust series in
chronological order

Publisher's synopsis:
The Scarlet Impostor is the first of seven volumes incorporating all the principal events which occurred between September, 1939, and May, 1945, covering the activities of Gregory Sallust, one of the most famous Secret Agents ever created in fiction about the Second World War.

When Gregory landed in Germany early in 1940 his task was to contact an anti-Nazi organisation ready to overthrow Hitler and sue for peace. Masquerading first as a German General, and then as an SS Gruppenführer, the extreme danger and difficulty with which he was faced made him doubt that he would ever escape from Germany again, surrounded as he was by some of the most vicious and determined Nazis of the Third Reich.

Known reprints:
1942, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1955, 1957
(23rd reprint cover for The Scarlet Impostor) (28th reprint cover for The Scarlet Impostor) (38th reprint cover for The Scarlet Impostor) (46th reprint cover for The Scarlet Impostor) (1957 reprint cover for The Scarlet Impostor)
(23rd Thousand)
circa 1942
(28th Thousand)
circa mid 1940s
(38th Thousand)
circa 1948/49
(Two known issues of the 38th, both with red cloth, but one has yellow lettering in a black panel on the spine.
(46th Thousand)
1953
(62nd Thousand)
1955;
1957 (also marked
62nd Thousand)

Three Inquisitive People
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Publication date:

[1 February 1940]

Series:

Duc de Richleau and friends in a crime-solving novel

 

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de Richleau series in
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(link to Three Inquisitive People notes)
cover from the
private collection of James Hallgate
(Lucius Books, York)
Publisher's synopsis:

MURDER
in the rich atmosphere of London's Clubland – here is Dennis Wheatley at his thrilling best.
MEET
a somewhat unusual detective force: the connoisseur Duke de Richleau, a husky American millionaire and a young man-about-town on a charge of matricide.
FOLLOW
the delicious young Lady Felicity and you have a sensational love-affair on your hands.
PLANT
a dead body in a bath and go to tea with an old lady in Sussex, and you have a twist that only Wheatley can give to a first-rate crime story.

Known reprints:
?, 1945, 1953, 1954, 1958
  (100th reprint cover for Three Inquisitive People) (145th reprint cover for Three Inquisitive People)  
  (100th Thousand)
circa 1950
(book bound with pictorial paper-covered boards)
(145th Thousand)
circa 1953;
(7th Impression)
1958;
 

Faked Passports
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(link to Faked Passports notes) Publication date:

[June 1940]

Series:

A Gregory Sallust WW2 espionage novel

 

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Publisher's synopsis:
The revolt of the German generals had failed and the Nazi purge was mounting in savagery when Gregory Sallust entered Berlin dressed as a Wehrmacht colonel and riding in an official S.S. car. His purpose was to rescue the lovely Erika von Epp, who by now was certain to be In the hands of Nazi torturers: and the only way Sallust could be sure of locating her quickly was to pay a social call on Hermann Goering....

How Sallust's colossal audacity takes him into Goering's private sanctum and later out of it as the Reichmarschall's secret emissary to Finland, makes only the start of a story as robust and hair-raising as any of the other best-selling novels by this most distinguished and successful author.

Known reprints:
c.1948/9 (23rd), c.1949 (32nd), 1951, 1954, 1957
  (23rd reprint cover for Faked Passports)  
  (23rd Thousand)
circa 1948/49;
32nd Thousand
circa 1949;
1954; 1957
 

The Black Baroness
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Publication date:

[22 October 1940]

Series:

A Gregory Sallust WW2 espionage/ crime novel

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(link to The Black Baroness notes) Publisher's synopsis:

In this exciting Scarlet Impostor story Dennis Wheatley takes as his background the seventy terrific days from Hitler's invasion of Norway in April to the surrender of the French in June. Gregory Sallust once more plays his part in adventure after adventure in Scandinavia, the Low Countries and right through France; his adversary on this occasion being the Black Baroness, the French associate of his old enemy Herr Gruppenführer Grauber.

Known reprints:
Jan 1941 (?17th Thousand), May 1941, Nov 1942, Oct 1949, Jul 1951, Nov 1954, Dec 1956, 1961
(The Black Baroness 32nd) (22nd reprint cover for The Black Baroness) (32nd reprint cover for The Black Baroness) (1961 reprint cover for The Black Baroness)
(17th Thousand)
Circa Jan 1941
(22nd Thousand)
circa 1942
(32nd Thousand)
circa 1948/49;
(42nd Thousand)
circa 1949;
Nov 1954;
Dec 1956;
1961

Strange Conflict
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(link to Strange Conflict notes) Publication date:

[21 April 1941]

Series:

Duc de Richleau and friends in an occult novel

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de Richleau series in
chronological order

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Black Magic/Occult titles

Publisher's synopsis:

When the bombs fall on London the elderly Duke de Richleau considers a problem of the utmost urgency.  What methods are the Germans using to discover – with sinister effect – the secret routes of the Atlantic convoys?  His answer is bizarre and fantastic.  The enemy are in touch with supernatural powers which can be overcome only by those who have the knowledge and courage to join battle with them on the Astral Plane.  The Duke and his supporters face the terrifying challenge from the Powers of Darkness.

Known reprints:
1942, 1950, 1952, 1957, 1961
  (cover for Strange Conflict) (1950 reprint cover for Strange Conflict)  
  undated (25th Thousand)
1950;
(also marked ‘25th Thousand’)
1952; 1957; 1961
 

The Sword Of Fate
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Publication date:

[25 September 1941]

Series:

A Julian Day romance/ adventure novel

 

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(link to The Sword Of Fate notes) Publisher's synopsis:

'Between your body and his,' the old Arab woman told the lovely Greek-ltalian girl, Daphnis, 'lies the Sword of Fate.'

In the battle-scarred days of 1940 Julian Day finds himself in Alexandria – in a whirlpool of intrigue and spy-rings.  He falls under suspicion both from his fellow countrymen and the Germans.  Driven by conflicting loyalties, he sets sail for Greece and the ill-starred campaign of 1941, and, determined to sheath the Sword of Fate, he journeys into the heart of enemy-held territory.  The danger is desperate; the price of failure – death.

Known reprints:
(22nd Thousand, War Economy Standard, 224pp.), 1943, 1950, 1952
(undated cover for The Sword Of Fate) (1952 reprint cover for The Sword Of Fate) (1952 reprint cover for The Sword Of Fate)
undated; also
(22nd Thousand)
circa 1942
(32nd Thousand)
circa 1948/49
1952
(different font for the TLS quote)

Total War
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(link to Total War notes) Publication date:

[11 December 1941]

Series:

A War Paper

Notes:

A condensed version of one of Wheatley's War Papers submitted to the Joint Planning Staff..

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

V For Vengeance
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Publication date:

[12 March 1942]

Series:

A Gregory Sallust WW2 espionage novel

 

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(link to V For Vengeance notes) Publisher's synopsis:

V for Vengeance ...... is a story set against the background of Vichy France and the occupied territories in 1940, with Gregory as determined as ever to overthrow the iron rule of the Third Reich.  Nursed back to health by Madeleine Lavalliere, he leaves Paris just as the Germans march into the capital.  Little did he realize, however, that he would meet up with Madeleine once more, that together they would evolve a plan which would inflict irreparable damage upon the Nazis...

Known reprints:
August 1942, January 1943, November 1949, September 1951, October 1954, November 1956, 1961
(1942 reprint cover for V For Vengeance) (1956 reprint cover for V For Vengeance) (1961 reprint cover for V For Vengeance)
(23rd Thousand)
circa 1942/5
(33rd Thousand)
circa 1949;
(43rd Thousand)
September 1951;
November 1956
1961

Mediterranean Nights
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(link to Mediterranean Nights notes) Publication date:

[1 October 1942]

Series:

Collection of short stories by Dennis Wheatley.  Uniform with Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts (see below).  A revised edition with added stories was published in 1963.


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of all Wheatley's
short stories

Publisher's synopsis:

Stories and adventures from an intimate knowledge of the playground of millionaires and international crooks.

Known reprints:
1942, 1943 (?15th Thousand), 1944 (?20th Thousand), 1954, 1955, 1957
  (1954 reprint cover for Mediterranean Nights) (1954 reprint cover for Mediterranean Nights)  
  (20thThousand) circa 1944 1954; 1955; 1957  

Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts
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Publication date:

[24 June 1943]

Series:

Collection of short stories by Dennis Wheatley.  Uniform with Mediterranean Nights (see above).  A revised edition with added stories appeared in 1963.


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of all Wheatley's
short stories

(link to Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts notes) Publisher's synopsis:

Stories of adventure, crooks, spies and a mine of information about Black Magic by the Prince of Thriller Writers.

Known reprints:
July 1943 (?23rd Thousand), September 1944, October 1955, June 1958, 1965
  (cover for Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts) (1955 reprint cover for Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts)  
  (25th Thousand)
circa 1943/5
October 1955;
June 1958
 

The Man Who Missed The War
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(link to The Man Who Missed The War notes) Publication date:

[29 November 1945]

Series:

A one-off 'Lost World' adventure novel

 

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'Lost World' novels

Publisher's synopsis:
Philip Vaudell leaves the United States on a solitary raft.  Instead of drifting into European waters, he is carried down to the Antarctic where, amidst its eternal snows, he discovers a large area with a warm climate and populated by a lost race who still practise human sacrifice.

With Philip was the other real trouble – in the enticing shape of red-headed Gloria, who had stowed away on his raft.  Together they encounter perils in the true Wheatley tradition of adventure, rising to a terrific and truly satisfying climax.

(At a time when German submarines were sinking so much Allied shipping that Britain faced the danger of starvation, Dennis Wheatley – then a member of the War Cabinet's Joint Planning Staff – suggested that raft convoys, moved by the Gulf Stream and prevailing winds, should be used to float essential supplies across the Atlantic. This story is based on that idea.)

Known reprints:
1946, 1953, 1954, 1958
  (1946 reprint cover for The Man Who Missed The War) (1953 reprint cover for The Man Who Missed The War)  
  February 1946
(marked, presumably
erroneously,
'35th Imp'
on jacket spine!)
1953; 1954; 1958  

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