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The Maps for Dennis Wheatley's Books

In an interview with Christine Garbutt in 1966 Dennis Wheatley replied in response to a question about his success:

“I believe that the reason why people buy my books is because every one I write contains two books, as it were.
“One is a thriller adventure, the other is pure history.  The public wants value for money—and it gets it in my work.”

Wheatley was very keen to interlace his books with as much factual detail as he could and accompanied well over half of his books with detailed maps printed on the endpapers.  As mentioned in the introduction to the endpapers page, the early maps were designed by DW, his wife Joan and/or his step-daughter Diana.  Of the remainder, the majority were provided by Geographia and the rest by in-house illustrators.

Apart from a select few of the Lymington, the Century Hutchinson and The Book Club editions, these maps only appeared in the first edition hardbacks, with the result that a lot of readers had to make do with guesswork or home atlases.

So, if you are a Cartophile or simply a Wheatley fan who wants to get the maximum pleasure and knowledge from one of his books, the following illustrations may be of interest, and if you use the Acrobat file mentioned below you should be able to print your own copy of the relevant map to accompany the title you are reading.

List of maps:
(If you have Acrobat Reader or Acrobat eBook Reader installed on your PC, the majority of these maps can be viewed for printing at near full size by clicking hereWarning & TIP: this file is BIG (6.3Mb), so to avoid a lengthy wait and/or a broken connection may I recommend right-clicking on the link and choosing 'Save Target As...'. The approximate download time on a 56K modem is about 40mins.)

(To get your own free copy of the latest version of Acrobat Reader (which also replaces the eBook Reader) click on the following link – )


Central Japan and Hong Kong
(from Bill For The Use Of A Body)
East Anglia
(from Black August)
(from 16th Thousand reprint – no full-scale graphic available)
(endpapers from Bill For The Use Of A Body) (endpapers from Black August)
1964 1934
In-house design Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley

Western Europe
(from The Black Baroness)
South East England
(from Contraband)
(no full-scale graphic available)
(endpapers from The Black Baroness) (endpapers from Contraband)
1940 1936
In-house design + annotation by DW Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley

Corfu and Ceylon
(from Dangerous Inheritance)
The West Indies 1795
(from The Dark Secret Of Josephine)
(endpapers from Dangerous Inheritance) (endpapers from The Dark Secret Of Josephine)
1965 1955
In-house design In-house design

Belgium
(from Desperate Measures)
The Car Chase
across the English Southern Counties
(from The Devil Rides Out)
(endpapers from Desperate Measures) (endpapers from The Devil Rides Out)
1974 1934
In-house design Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley
with figures by Diana Younger

Stamboul
(from The Eunuch Of Stamboul)
Southern Africa
(from The Fabulous Valley)
(no full-scale graphic available)
(endpapers from The Eunuch Of Stamboul) (endpapers from The Fabulous Valley)
1935 1934
Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley
and Diana Younger
Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley
with figures by Diana Younger

Finland
(from Faked Passports)
Western USSR
(from The Forbidden Territory)
(endpapers from Faked Passports) (endpapers from The Forbidden Territory)
1940 1933
Figures by Diana Younger Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley

South America and The Andes
(from Gateway To Hell)
Environs of the British Embassy Madrid and Central Madrid and Spain
(from The Golden Spaniard)
(endpapers from Gateway To Hell) (endpapers from The Golden Spaniard)
1970 1938
In-house design Figures by Diana Younger

The Great Lakes during the war of 1812 and Europe showing the French Defeats 1813/1814
(from The Irish Witch)
Western Europe 1783-1793
(from The Launching Of Roger Brook)
(endpapers from The Irish Witch) (endpapers from The Launching Of Roger Brook)
1973 1947
In-house design Designed by Geographia

Paris During The Revolution 1789-1794
(from The Man Who Killed The King)
Egypt
(from The Quest Of Julian Day)
(endpapers from The Man Who Killed The King) (endpapers from The Quest Of Julian Day)
1951 1939
Designed by Helen McKie Designed by Diana Younger

Venice In The 18th Century
(from The Rape Of Venice)
Spain and Russia – showing Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow
(from The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware)
(endpapers from The Rape Of Venice) (endpapers from The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware)
1959 1971
In-house design In-house design

Soviet Russia and the U.S.S.R.
(from Red Eagle)
(front endpapers from Red Eagle) (rear endpapers from Red Eagle)
1937
Designed by Geographia

South Western Europe 1789
(from The Rising Storm)
Western Germany
(from The Scarlet Impostor)
(endpapers from The Rising Storm) (endpapers from The Scarlet Impostor)
1949 1940
Designed by Geographia Figures by Diana Younger

Europe in July 1914
(from The Second Seal)
Ethiopia
(from The Secret War)
(endpapers from The Second Seal) (endpapers from The Secret War)
1950 1937
Designed by Geographia Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley
and Diana Younger

North Western Europe 1788
(from The Shadow Of Tyburn Tree)
South East England
(from Sixty Days To Live)
(endpapers from The Shadow Of Tyburn Tree) (endpapers from Sixty Days To Live)
1948 1939
Designed by Geographia Figures by Diana Younger

Haiti
(from Strange Conflict)
(from The Book Club edition)
The Turkish Empire and
Egypt and Syria at the time of Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign c.1798
(from The Sultan's Daughter)
(endpapers from Strange Conflict) (endpapers from The Sultan's Daughter)
1941 1963
Designed by Geographia In-house design

Eastern Mediterranean
(from The Sword Of Fate)
(endpapers from The Sword Of Fate)
1941
Designed by Geographia

Atlantis
(from the endpapers of
They Found Atlantis)
(no full-scale graphic available)
Probable site of Atlantis
(from page 6 of
They Found Atlantis)
(endpapers from They Found Atlantis) (page 6 from They Found Atlantis)
1936
Designed by Joan and Dennis Wheatley
and Diana Younger
Designed by Dennis Wheatley

North Western Coast of Germany
and Western Berlin
(from They Used Dark Forces)
(endpapers from They Used Dark Forces)
1964
In-house design

Côte d'Azur
(from To The Devil—A Daughter)
(front endpapers from To The Devil—A Daughter) (rear endpapers from To The Devil—A Daughter)
1953
In-house design

Street Plan of Budapest and
Ground Plan of The Tower Of London*
(from Traitors' Gate)
'Satan's Island' and 'Yonota's Island'
somewhere in the South Atlantic
(from Uncharted Seas)
(endpapers from Traitors' Gate) (endpapers from Uncharted Seas)
1958 1938
In-house design
*'The plan of the Tower of London shown in the end-paper design is based on the one appearing in the Ministry of Works Official Guide to the Tower, and reproduced by permission of the Controller of H.M. Stationery Office.'
(Note from p.8 of the book)
Designed by Diana Younger

Mexico
(from Unholy Crusade)
Paris
(from V For Vengeance)
(endpapers from Unholy Crusade) (endpapers from V For Vengeance)
1967 1942
In-house design In-house design

The Caribbean and
Western Europe 1800-1805
(from The Wanton Princess)
The Fijis
(from The White Witch Of The South Seas)
(endpapers from The Wanton Princess) (endpapers from The White Witch Of The South Seas)
1966 1968
In-house design In-house design

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