[Collection of five inscribed works:]
The Forbidden Territory; Such Power is Dangerous, Black August; The Fabulous Valley; Contraband.London: Hutchinson & Co., 1935-36 Stock Code: 131536
Inscribed to booksellerFirst editions, later impressions. Each volume is inscribed by the author on the title page to the bookseller George Kearns, manager of Smith's bookshop in Shrewsbury before the Second World War. The books are respectively inscribed: The Forbidden Territory: "For T. G. Kearns. My first book With the best of good wishes from Dennis Wheatley"; Such Power is Dangerous: "For T. G. Kearns. My second book. Not quite up to the others with good wishes from Dennis Wheatley"; Black August: "For T. G. Kearns. With the best of good wishes from Dennis Wheatley"; The Fabulous Valley: "For T. G. Kearns. Souvenir of a very pleasant visit to Birmingham Oct 1935 from Dennis Wheatley"; Contraband: "For Mr. T. G. Kearns. With all good wishes from Dennis Wheatley". The first four volumes, distinguished by dark blue top edges, comprise the contents of one of Wheatley's gift boxes, sold around Christmas 1935; Wheatley often inscribed copies of the books in these boxes for those who assisted his sales efforts.
5 works, octavo. Original black and red cloth, spines lettered in gilt.
Spines a little faded and rolled, some scuffing to cloth. A very good set.
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