DENNIS WHEATLEY'S 1ST EDITIONS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION
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Uncharted Seas
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Publication date:

[21 January 1938]
(originally serialised in an abridged form with the title ‘Blue Murder’ from 6 October to 16 November 1937 in the Daily Mail)

Series:

A one-off 'Lost World' adventure novel

 

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'Lost World' novels

(link to Uncharted Seas notes) Publisher's synopsis:

In the face of an Atlantic hurricane, two girls and a boatload of men, of all races and colours, pit their strength against the appalling rigours of the open sea. Tension mounts. The desirable Synolda is forced into the arms of a man who knows her past and uses that knowledge. A man with hatred in his eyes – a hatred that can only be satisfied with blood.

There is mutiny and murder before the unrelenting Sargasso weed entombs them all. But suddenly land is sighted – land unmarked on the chart, concealing unimaginable horrors.

Known reprints:
1940, 1941, 1951, 1952, 1958
  (1940 reprint cover for Uncharted Seas) (1951 reprint cover for Uncharted Seas)  
  (17th Thousand)
circa 1940
(107th Thousand) 1951;
1952, 1958
 

The Malinsay Massacre
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(link to The Malinsay Massacre notes) Publication date:

[1 April 1938]

Series:

Out of Series
(Crime Dossier)

 

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of all the dossiers

Publisher's synopsis:

The Earl of Malinsay is dead, and ruin comes to an ancient family.  Did the valet really murder his master, or did the mysterious foreigner send poisoned sweets to Viscount Raeburn?  Whose handwriting is on the label and who put arsenic in the peppermints?  Is the beautiful Countess conspiring with her lover or is the secret of the Malinsays hidden in the past?

You have all the clues.
Can you discover the truth before you open the sealed section containing
THE SOLUTION?

Known reprints/reissues:
?, 1981, 1986
(? re-issue cover for The Malinsay Massacre) (1981 reprint cover for The Malinsay Massacre) (1986 reprint cover for The Malinsay Massacre)
? unmarked re-issue - note different coloured ribbon and ribbon holes punched much closer together
 cover picture generously supplied by Sverre Sørborg 
1981
ISBN: 090667140X
1986
ISBN: 0863501206

The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition Mystery Rooms
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Publication date:

[5 April 1938]

Series:

Out of Series / Competition

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(link to A Century Of Spy Stories notes) Notes:

A competition created by Dennis Wheatley especially for the 1938 Ideal Home Exhibition


A Century Of Spy Stories
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Publication date:

[27 June 1938]

Series:

A collection of short stories, edited by Dennis Wheatley

(link to A Century Of Spy Stories notes)
cover picture courtesy of
Richard Humphreys
Notes:

Dennis Wheatley also wrote the introduction

Known reprints:
15th Thousand (circa 1940)
  (15th reprint cover for A Century Of Spy Stories)  
  (15th Thousand)
circa 1940
 

A Century Of Spy Stories (Gift Binding)
 
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Publication date:

(unknown)

Series:

A collection of short stories, edited by Dennis Wheatley

Gift Binding 'A' for A Century of Spy Stories Publishers advert:

GIFT BINDINGS

In addition to the popular 3/6 editions, Messrs. Hutchinson have pleasure in announcing that all the "Century Omnibuses" which have been published are now available in two beautiful but moderate-priced bindings, specially suitable for gifts.

A.  Handsome Rexine case with gilt lettering on spine, embossed front cover, coloured top, cellophane jacket, 5/6

B.  In leather, Roxburgh style, full gilt spine, handsome cloth sides, coloured edges, cellophane jacket, 7/6

Binding 'A' is shown.


The Golden Spaniard
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(link to The Golden Spaniard notes) Publication date:

[6 August 1938]

Series:

A Duc de Richleau and friends adventure novel

 

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de Richleau series in
chronological order

Publisher's synopsis:

Spain writhed in the torment of Civil War. In a Madrid bank lay ten tons of gold: and both sides wanted it. Its owner was the lovely Countess Lucretia Coralles – who, known to the rebels as 'the golden Spaniard', led the double life of a secret agent.

She had other secrets too – and one of them was the reason why the Duke de Richleau responded so quickly to her appeal for help, throwing himself into the desperate struggle in which his own closest companions of earlier adventures were now his most dangerous foes. . . .

Known reprints:
18th Thousand (circa 1938), 1951, 1952
  (1952 reprint cover for The Golden Spaniard)  
  1951; 1952  

Invasion
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Publication date:

[1938]

Series:

Board Game (available in Standard or De Luxe versions)

 

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of all the board games

(link to Invasion notes) Publisher's advertisement:

ATTACK & DEFENCE
by Land, Sea and Air
A thrilling battle of wits in which 2, 3 or 4 players have as their playing pieces the armed forces of the Navy, Army and Air Force.
The Battlefield is a Map in the size of approximately 24 inches square, PRINTED IN SIX COLOURS with Capitals, Principal Towns and Forts named and a full Fighting Force of 160 Pieces with dice, shaker, etc.
You have to be ready to resist an invasion and at the same time send Expeditionary Forces to Allies.
A Game in which Young and Old can use their strategy to overcome the luck of the dice.

  (Invasion) (Invasion Board Game)  

Standard version

(Invasion de luxe box) (Invasion) (Invasion de luxe board)

De Luxe version

Known reprints:
2nd edition (date unknown), 3rd edition (date unknown)
(Third edition cover for Invasion) (Third edition cover for Invasion) (Third edition contents for Invasion) (Third edition best board for Invasion)
(second edition)   (Third and revised edition circa 1940)  

The Quest Of Julian Day
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(link to The Quest Of Julian Day notes) Publication date:

[20 January 1939]

Series:

A Julian Day romance/ adventure novel

 

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Julian Day series in
chronological order

Publisher's synopsis:
Julian Day, while seeking revenge upon those who had ruined his career in the Diplomatic Service, becomes drawn into a quest for treasure, buried for over 2,000 years. It was for lovely Sylvia Shane that Julian decided to set out upon his quest, but it was the damnably dangerous yet adorable Princess Oonas Shahamalek who delayed his going. Women found him very attractive!

Julian's quest takes him through such excitements as a night in the Tomb of the Sacred Bulls in Alexandria, dope-running in the City of the Dead outside Cairo, white-slaving on the Suez Canal, a fight for life in a Pharaoh's tomb in the Valley of the Kings – to the final dénouement in the middle of the waterless Libyan Desert, 500 miles from civilization.

Known reprints:
1940, 25th Thousand (circa 1948),1950, 1952
  (25th reprint cover for The Quest Of Julian Day)  
  (25th Thousand)
circa 1948;
1952
(45th Thousand)
 

Herewith The Clues!
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Publication date:

[27 July 1939]

Series:

Out of Series
(Crime Dossier)

 

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of all the dossiers

(link to Herewith The Clues! notes) Publisher's synopsis:

Murder at the Milky Way Club and a den of terrorists and drug-runners is discovered.  How is the exotic Carlotta Casada connected with the dubious Serge Orloff?  Is it her hairpin found on the floor of the secret back room with a strand of ostrich feather?  Was it the murderer who left his cinema ticket in the waste paper basket?  Did "Mug" Masters and "Scab" Wilson plan the robbery and the murder?

Open the sealed section to find the answers.
Can your powers of detection lead you to
THE MURDERER?

Known reprints/reissues:
1982, 1986
  (1982 reprint cover for Herewith The Clues!) (1986 reprint cover for Herewith The Clues!)  
  1982
ISBN: 0906671493
1986
ISBN: 0863501214
 

Sixty Days To Live
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(link to Sixty Days To Live notes) Publication date:

[24 August 1939]

Series:

A one-off science-fiction novel

Publisher's synopsis:

Her Uncle Oliver, the distinguished astronomer, told Lavina: 'It would be a pity for you to die without the experience of marriage, my dear. A comet is due to hit the earth on the 24th of June and none of us has more than sixty days to live.'

Once the cat was out of the bag, things began to happen. A plot to overthrow the Government. Panic, riots, street fighting. London under martial law.

Fire, flood and tempest: the world gone mad. Scene after scene of breath-taking excitement, written with all that vigour and suspense which has made Dennis Wheatley's books so eagerly sought after all over the world.

Known reprints:
1940, 1950, 1952, 1956
  (1950 reprint cover for Sixty Days To Live) (1950 reprint cover for Sixty Days To Live)  
  (25th Thousand)
1950
(25th Thousand)
1950; 1952; 1956
 

Those Modern Musketeers
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Publication date:

[12 December 1939]

Series:

Duc de Richleau compilation

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de Richleau series in
chronological order

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of all omnibuses

(link to Those Modern Musketeers notes)
cover from the
private collection of James Hallgate
(Lucius Books, York)
Notes:

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

Known reprints:
6th Thousand (date unknown)
(see also re-issue 1954, without 'The Devil Rides Out')

Blockade
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Publication date:

[1939]

Series:

Board Game

 

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all the board games

(link to Blockade notes) Publisher's advertisement:

Warfare by Ship, Plane, Submarine and Mine at Sea

Played with 108 pieces representing Naval formations, Air Units, Submarines and Cargo Ships, on a six-colour map, this game is up-to-the-minute war as we know it.  Victory consists of capturing or sinking all enemy Merchant Shipping so that the enemy is completely blockaded and cannot obtain further supplies from Neutral sources.

  (Blockade) (Blockade Board Game)  

Known reprints:
(no known reprints)

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