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HUTCHINSON's PAPERBACKS

INTRODUCTION

It was some time after I started collecting Wheatley's Arrow paperbacks that I discovered my first Hutchinson paperback – the 1951 edition of Such Power Is Dangerous.  I was thrilled and in my naivety thought I had discovered an anomaly in the paperbacks.  Then a couple of years later, in a bookshop in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, I found my first red-striped "Pocket" Library edition (with a wrapper!) and knew I had stumbled on to a range of paperback editions that, up until then, I had never seen mentioned anywhere.  Since those early days I have slowly found more of these early paperbacks and with the help of some other DW aficionados feel I now have enough information to show them on their own page.

DATING

As with the early hardbacks, dating the issues without a publisher's date is a difficult exercise.  Hutchinson have long ago lost any information they might have had with regards to their publication date, so I am left with looking for the following bits of information to try to estimate (perhaps 'guestimate' is a better word) issue dates:

If you know I've got it wrong and can show me how – please let me know and I'll gladly correct the information.

PICTURES

Don't be fooled by the apparent cleanliness of some of the following pictures – where possible I've cleaned them up and repaired the years of wear electronically!  If only I could do the same to the real thing. . . . . . . . . 

CONTACT ME

I know there must be a lot more out there, somewhere.  If you have details of other Hutchinson Paperbacks or know where I can get those details, please contact me:
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Black August Contraband
Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library No.44 Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction
66th Thousand rear of wrapper for Black August 66th Thousand front of wrapper of Black August marked 36th Thousand marked 36th Thousand
(with wrapper) Click here to see the cover under the thin paper wrapper
marked 'British Sales 66th Thousand'
(circa 1937/8)
marked 36th Thousand
(circa 1940)

 

Contraband Contraband
Hutchinson Hutchinson
136th Thousand rear cover for Contraband 136th Thousand front cover for Contraband Marked 136th Thousand Marked 136th Thousand
Marked 136th Thousand
(circa 1942/4)
1/6 reprint : 161st Thousand
(circa 1945)
Hutchinson's Free Victory Gift Edition
Victory Gift red edition rear cover for Contraband Victory Gift red edition front cover for Contraband Victory Gift blue edition front cover for Contraband
marked internally 161st Thousand
(circa 1945)
Small print at the bottom of the circle on the front cover reads:
This is one of the 1,000,000 Books given Free
by Walter Hutchinson, Esq., on behalf of
Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd.,
and the Hutchinson Printing
Trust, Ltd., to mark the
Glorious Victories.
Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library, Services Edition Hutchinson No.239
Services Edition rear cover for Contraband Services Edition front cover for Contraband 221st Thousand rear cover for Contraband 221st Thousand front cover for Contraband
marked internally 186th Thousand marked internally 221st Thousand
[Feb 1952]

 

The Devil Rides Out
Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library, No.61 Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library
69th Thousand rear cover for The Devil Rides Out 69th Thousand front cover for The Devil Rides Out 112th Thousand rear cover for The Devil Rides Out 112th Thousand front cover for The Devil Rides Out
marked 'British sales 69th Thousand'
[1939]
marked 'British sales 112th Thousand' (no wrapper)
(circa 1945)

 

The Eunuch Of Stamboul
Hutchinson The Readers' Library Publishing Co. Ltd.
in association with
The Grout Publishing Co.
91st Thousand rear cover for The Eunuch Of Stamboul 91st Thousand front cover for The Eunuch Of Stamboul 23rd Impression rear cover for The Eunuch Of Stamboul 23rd Impression front cover for The Eunuch Of Stamboul
marked 91st Thousand marked '23rd Impression'
(circa 1943/4)

 

The Fabulous Valley
Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library, No.58 Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction
43rd Thousand rear cover for The Fabulous Valley 43rd Thousand front cover for The Fabulous Valley (copy wanted – link to e-mail)d
(with wrapper)  
marked 'British Sales 43rd Thousand'  

 

The Forbidden Territory
Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library, No.33 Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library
71st Thousand rear of wrapper for The Forbidden Territory 71st Thousand front of wrapper for The Forbidden Territory 59th Thousand rear of cover for The Forbidden Territory 59th Thousand front of cover for The Forbidden Territory
(with wrapper) 320pp. (no wrapper) 192pp.
marked 'British Sales 71st Thousand'
[Aug 1937]
marked '59th Thousand'
(circa 1944)

 

The Secret War
The Readers' Library Publishing Co. Ltd.
in association with
The Grout Publishing Co.
Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library, Services Edition
42nd Thousand rear cover for The Secret War 42nd Thousand front cover for The Secret War Services Edition rear cover for The Secret War Services Edition front cover for The Secret War
marked 42nd Thousand
(circa 1944)
marked internally 67th Thousand
Hutchinson's Free Victory Gift Edition Hutchinson
(copy wanted – link to e-mail)d 117th Thousand rear cover for The Secret War 117th Thousand front cover for The Secret War
(circa 1945) marked 117th Thousand
(earliest possible date 1944)

 

Such Power Is Dangerous
Hutchinson's "Pocket" Library, No.38
62nd Thousand rear cover for Such Power Is Dangerous 62nd Thousand front cover for Such Power Is Dangerous 92nd Thousand rear of wrapper for Such Power Is Dangerous 92nd Thousand front of wrapper for Such Power Is Dangerous
Click here to see the cover under the wrapper (with wrapper)
marked 62nd Thousand
(circa 1937)
marked 92nd Thousand
(circa 1938/39)
Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction The Readers' Library Publishing Co., Ltd.
in association with
Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd.
105th Thousand rear cover for Such Power Is Dangerous 105th Thousand front cover for Such Power Is Dangerous 130th Thousand rear cover for Such Power Is Dangerous 130th Thousand front cover for Such Power Is Dangerous
marked 105th Thousand marked 130th Thousand
(earliest possible date 1944)
Hutchinson, No.235
156th Thousand rear cover for Such Power Is Dangerous 156th Thousand front cover for Such Power Is Dangerous
marked internally 156th Thousand
[June 1951]

 

Three Inquisitive People
Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction
Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction Hutchinson's Pocket Library of Fiction
marked 60th Thousand
(U.K. printing)
marked 60th Thousand
(Australian printing)
The Readers’ Library Publishing Co., Ltd.
in association with
Hutchinson & Co, (Publishers), Ltd.
Hutchinson No. 238
75th Thousand rear cover for Three Inquisitive People 75th Thousand front cover for Three Inquisitive People 135th Thousand rear cover for Three Inquisitive People 135th Thousand front cover for Three Inquisitive People
marked 75th Thousand
(circa 1944)
marked internally 135th Thousand
[Feb 1952]

 

Uncharted Seas
Hutchinson’s Pocket Library of Fiction
Uncharted Seas Uncharted Seas
marked 67th Thousand
(This incomplete copy is the only one I have seen)

 

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