DENNIS WHEATLEY'S 1ST EDITIONS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION
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The Ka Of Gifford Hillary
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Publication date:

[9 July] 1956

Series:

A one-off occult/ science fiction novel

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Black Magic/Occult titles

(link to The Ka Of Gifford Hillary notes) Publisher's synopsis:

The Ka of Gifford Hillary is a story concerned with the greatest of all mysteries: what happens after death?

With Sir Gifford Hillary and Wing Commander Johnny Norton involved in plans to counter the might of Soviet Russia, interest soon centres on the evil Lady Ankaret and the tragedy which occurred at Longshot Hall, South Hampshire, on the night of the 9th September.  A victim is struck down, and from that moment onwards the events which follow seem, at first, fantastic and unbelievable–but are later realised to be entirely logical.  What does happen after death?  And why should Sir Gifford find himself in prison, on trial for his life?

Known reprints:
1958, 1961
  (1961 reprint cover for The Ka of Gifford Hillary)  
  (Second Impression)
1961
 

The Black Magic Omnibus
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(link to The Black Magic Omnibus notes) Publication date:

[26 November] 1956

Series:

A Black Magic compilation

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Notes:

Contains: 'The Devil Rides Out', 'Strange Conflict' and 'To The Devil–A Daughter'.

Known reprints:
1958
  (1958 reprint cover for The Black Magic Omnibus)  
  1958  

The Prisoner In The Mask
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Publication date:

[9 September] 1957

Series:

A Duc de Richleau historical espionage story

 

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(link to The Prisoner In The Mask notes) Publisher's synopsis:
The Duke de Richleau had British nationality.  But why?  Why should a French aristocrat renounce his country and live in exile?  The answer lay in the Paris of the nineties; a world of superficial glamour, and under the surface, deep social and political trouble.  The army, discredited by the Dreyfus case, was being purged.  The young de Richleau, cadet and then instructor at the military academy of St. Cyr, became involved in a conspiracy.  A conspiracy to restore the French monarchy.  The Duc de Vendome was secretly coached in his future role of King.

Then, the conspiracy was betrayed.  The results: death for some.  For Richleau, the life of a fugitive, but a fugitive who had declared a single-handed vendetta against the government; who was determined to rescue the Prince.

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1959

Roger Brook In The French Revolution
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(link to Roger Brook In The French Revolution notes) Publication date:

[11 November] 1957

Series:

A Roger Brook compilation

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Notes:

Contains: 'The Rising Storm' and 'The Man Who Killed The King'.

Known reprints:
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Although there are no known reprints, this dust jacket was found on a first edition in 2015. As it has no price and scant other printed details, perhaps this was some kind of publishers' pre-production cover, but this is speculation

Traitors' Gate
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Publication date:

[1 September] 1958

Series:

A Gregory Sallust WW2 espionage novel

 

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(link to Traitors' Gate notes) Publisher's synopsis:

Traitors' Gate is the sixth 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.

In the summer of 1942, Hungary was still little affected by the war and while on a secret mission to Budapest, Gregory lived for a long time in a pre-war atmosphere of love and laughter.  But his mission involved him with Ribbentrop's beautiful Hungarian mistress, and soon the laughter was stilled by fear as he desperately struggled to save them both from the result of their clandestine association...

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Death In The Sunshine
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(link to Death In The Sunshine notes) Publication date:

[1 December] 1958

Series:

An omnibus of out-of-series titles

 

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Notes:

Contains 'The Fabulous Valley', 'The Secret War' and 'The Eunuch Of Stamboul'.

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Stranger Than Fiction
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Publication date:

[2 February] 1959

Series:

WW2 autobiographical

 

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(link to Stranger Than Fiction notes) Publisher's synopsis:
'This is true story of a story-teller who was enabled to turn his natural imagination and story-telling genius to the fields of statecraft and strategy and to join in fellowship with those who were to become great.'

So Air Marshal Sir Lawrance Darvall describes these War Papers which made Dennis Wheatley a new kind of 'best seller' with the smallest readership that any author can ever have had; for the circulation of the Papers at the time of their writing was confined to the Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Planning Staff of the War Cabinet, and to His Majesty King George VI, who read them all with the greatest of interest.

With neither special information nor privilege, Dennis Wheatley wrote of the problems that faced our war leaders in a fashion which was fresh and challenging and so eminently sensible that his views achieved an influence out of all proportion to his own expectations.  The fourteen Papers range diversely from Resistance to Invasion, filled with ingenious, unorthodox and extremely practical suggestions for repulsing an invading host, to the penetrating appreciation of what was to face us After the Battle.  And so remarkably sound and useful were they that in the result Wheatley became the only civilian ever to be commissioned directly into the Joint Planning Staff.

Those who have never read a Wheatley novel–and there must be few who have not–will be surprised indeed at the shrewdness and versatility of the author.  Wheatley devotees, and they are legion, will not be at all surprised by the way in which he turned his mind to bringing pain and grief to our enemies.  And every reader, of course, will enjoy this very remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the war.

Known reprints:
1959
  (Stranger than Fiction 1959)  
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March 1959
 

The Rape Of Venice
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(link to The Rape Of Venice notes) Publication date:

[19 October] 1959

Series:

A Roger Brook historical espionage novel

 

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Publisher's synopsis:

Roger Brook – 'wanted' for illegal duelling – sailed for Calcutta in the summer of 1796.  With him went his lovely Clarissa.  And in Calcutta Clarissa was abducted.  Abducted by Rinaldo Malderini, a Venetian senator and a disciple of the Devil, an enemy as vicious and unscrupulous as any that Roger Brook had faced.

Through shipwreck, capture by slavers, a desperate night attack on a walled city, Roger Brook seeks his revenge: and achieves it on entering Venice with Napoleon.

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Plot And Counterplot
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Publication date:

[14 December] 1959

Series:

A Gregory Sallust compilation

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(link to Plot And Counterplot notes) Notes:

Contains: 'Black August', 'Contraband' and 'The Island Where Time Stands Still'.

Also has a written introduction by DW – 'A Word From The Author'.

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

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