DENNIS WHEATLEY'S 1ST EDITIONS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION
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Star Of Ill-Omen
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(link to Star Of Ill-Omen notes) Publication date:

[8 May] 1952

Series:

A one-off Science Fiction novel

Publisher's synopsis:

When Kem Lincoln, ex-Commando and British Secret Agent, was sent on a special mission to South America he naturally accepted the fact that his work might involve him in certain dangers.  But of such perils as he was actually called on to face he had never conceived in his wildest dreams.  His mission had nothing whatever to do with Flying Saucers; neither had he any business to be in a lady's bedroom at one in the morning.  Yet it was his being caught there that led to his extraordinary experiences with those mysterious space ships.  The lady was that saint in sinner's clothing–the beautiful Carmen Escobar....

Known reprints:
1955, 1956
Star Of Ill-Omen
1956

Worlds Far From Here
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Publication date:

[27 November] 1952

Series:

A 'Lost Worlds' omnibus

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'Lost World' novels

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(link to Worlds Far From Here notes) Notes:

Contains three ‘lost civilisation’ stories:
‘Uncharted Seas’, ‘The Man Who Missed The War’ and ‘They Found Atlantis’.

Known reprints:
1954

To The Devil—A Daughter
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(link to To The Devil—A Daughter notes) Publication date:

[15 January] 1953
originally serialised in an abridged form in The Sunday Empire News in October 1952

Series:

A two-novel occult series, featuring Molly Fountain.
The other title is The Satanist.

Link to the
Molly Fountain stories in
chronological order

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Black Magic/Occult titles

Publisher's synopsis:

Christina seemed no different from any other young girl: polite, attractive and a little shy.

But each evening, as darkness fell, the demonic Power within her betrayed its presence. And a terrible pattern of Evil began to emerge.

Miles away, in the mist and rain of the Essex marshes, a satanic priest has created a hideous creature. Now it was waiting beneath the ancient stones of Bentford Priory for the virgin sacrifice that would give it life . . .

Known reprints:
April 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1961

(link to To The Devil—A Daughter notes)
April 1953, 1961

Alibi
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Publication date:

[April 1953]

Series:

Board Game


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of all the board games

(link to Alibi notes) Synopsis:

Shortly before midday on Sunday, the Beals – Mr. Owen Morgan's valet-butler and cook – returned.  While she started to prepare lunch, he went upstairs to help his master pack for the journey to France next day.  He found that Morgan's bed had been slept in and, to his horror, that the old man, clad in pyjamas, was lying on the far side of it with his head battered.  Beal at once telephoned the police.

You are the detective, and by a process of deduction, you must find out who killed the mysterious Mr. Owen Morgan.

  (Alibi) (Alibi Board Game)  

Known reprints:
(no known reprints but several variant boxes of pieces exist
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Star Of Ill-Omen Alibi remains
(Cards have red backs instead of the buff backs shown in the main picture.
Note: the shaker is almost certainly not original)
(Another variant)

Curtain Of Fear
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(link to Curtain Of Fear notes) Publication date:

[12 October] 1953

Series:

A one-off espionage novel

Publisher's synopsis:

Nov´k, a British-born professor of Czech parentage, was a peace-loving man of high, if misguided, ideals.  He planned to spend a quiet week-end in London.  There, he was unexpectedly called on to make an appalling decision.  Having made it he became the helpless plaything of Fate.  This is the story of his battle for his beliefs, for his life, and for that of the platinum blonde, Fedora, who got him into all his troubles.  Most of the story is set in Prague, and the background details are, as usual, completely authentic.

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

Those Modern Musketeers
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Publication date:

[26 April] 1954

Series:

A de Richleau compilation

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de Richleau series in
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(link to Those Modern Musketeers notes) Notes:

Contains 'Three Inquisitive People', 'The Forbidden Territory' and 'The Golden Spaniard'.

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

We Move With The Times
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(link to 'We move with the times' scroll) Publication date:

(?June) 1954

Series:

Justerini & Brooks: company history.

See also
1749-1949 : The Seven Ages Of Justerini’s;
The Eight Ages Of Justerini’s;
The Nine Ages of Justerini’s.

Notes:

Written for the firm of Justerini & Brooks, wine and spirit merchants, to publicise their move from Pall Mall to Bond Street in June 1954. Presented in the form of a scroll.

Photocopy of scroll and other details kindly provided by Steve Whatley with thanks.
According to Steve, who saw a copy at J&B premises and was allowed to photocopy it, he remembers that the scroll had ". . . either a length of dowling or a metal rod at each end, with a ribbon or tape at the top so that the scroll could be tied when rolled, and presumably hung when opened out." He also remembers it being stored in a cardboard tube with end caps.

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

The Island Where Time Stands Still
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Publication date:

[20 September] 1954

Series:

A Gregory Sallust espionage adventure

 

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Gregory Sallust series in
chronological order

(link to The Island Where Time Stands Still notes) Publisher's synopsis:
Dennis Wheatley is always prodigal in the richness of the fare he provides, and the island on which Gregory Sallust finds himself is no ordinary one.  Here live a lost community of Chinese, ruled by descendants of the ancient Imperial House.  When the throne suddenly becomes vacant, an expedition sets out to find the true heir.  Its members include Gregory himself and the lady A-lu-te, as charmingly lovely as her name; their search leads ten thousand miles across the Pacific into the remotest regions of inland China and back again.  Death in horrible forms and treachery follow them as closely as their shadows.  Here we have fast-moving high adventure, with that tingle of the spine which tells us that this is vintage Wheatley, the master at his most skilful.
Known reprints:
1957

The Dark Secret Of Josephine
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(link to The Dark Secret Of Josephine notes) Publication date:

[16 March] 1955

Series:

A Roger Brook historical espionage story

 

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Roger Brook series in
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Publisher's synopsis:

Roger Brook – Prime Minister Pitt's most daring and resourceful secret agent – had sailed for the West Indies with a party that included three beautiful women. His purpose: pleasure. But the Caribbean, blue seas, lush tropical islands and palm-shaded beaches, was infested with pirates. The slaves of the 'Sugar islands' were in revolt. All this Roger Brook encountered. But also he uncovered a mysterious episode in the early life of the Empress Josephine – a mystery that had its effect on the Parisian intrigues that led to Napoleon receiving his first great command: the Army of Italy. A mystery that tied together many strange scenes and unlikely events.

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

The Secret Missions Of Gregory Sallust
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Publication date:

[1 June] 1955

Series:

A Gregory Sallust compilation

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Gregory Sallust series in
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of all omnibuses

(link to The Secret Missions Of Gregory Sallust notes) Notes:

This volume contains: 'The Scarlet Impostor', 'Faked Passports' and 'The Black Baroness'.

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

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