Want List: Leslie Charteris and The Saint
Believe it or not, there are indeed Charteris books that are missing from the collection that
helped to build www.saint.org! Please look at the following want list, and send me quotes via e-mail
to "saint" at this domain (saint.org). I am always discovering things I don't have... so if you have something
strange and/or unique, even if it isn't on my list, please let me know about it.
I also have some extra editions from time to time, so take a look at my
for sale list.
Charteris items I am most eager to locate:
- Not So Saintly by Leslie Charteris, still unpublished.
This is the book that I was instrumental in bringing to completion. Charteris
has told me that it will be dedicated to me and Paul M. James when it is
published, therefore it will be a great addition to my collection.
- The Saint's Sporting Chance by Leslie Charteris, possibly
published by Amereon Reprints. Another book that I have never seen, one
which I believe to be just a rehash of old short stories under a new title.
Repeated calls to the publisher have yielded little results, but my suspicion
is that this book has never been printed--they are waiting for enough prepaid
orders to do a print run.
- Bet on the Saint by Leslie Charteris, unpublished, circa
1968. This is a manuscript that Burl Barer and I discovered while we were
doing research at Boston University. The book was completed but rejected
by Doubleday, Pyramid, and Hodder & Stoughton. I would love to see this
published someday, even in paperback.
- Foreign Language versions. I have copies of various Saint books
in many different languages, including French, Hebrew, Danish, Hungarian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Japanese,
Greek, Portugese, Polish, Finnish, Norwegian, Italian, Afrikaans, Czech, and Swedish. I have listed various editions below
that I know I am missing -- there could certainly be editions I don't even know about.
I am especially looking for Saint books in
Turkish, Serbo-Kroat, Arabic, Braille, and any others not listed.
- Murder by Television, from Screen Guide Magazine, 1946
- I'd Rather Fly, from The Times Newspaper (London), March
- The Thriller Magazine; many of Charteris' stories were first
published in The Thriller. I would like to find some of these old
British magazines for my collection.
- I am looking for a May 1936 newsreel interview with Leslie Charteris
and his first wife as they landed on the maiden voyage of The Hindenburg
at Lakehurst, New Jersey. If you know of a source for this footage, please
- In the summer of 1941, Leslie Charteris wrote a short story called
The Saint's Second Front
about a Japanese sneak attack on the coast of Southern Califorinia that was averted by
Saintly means. It was killed by the national magazine Charteris wrote it
for because "we do not think this is the time to publish anything which
might aggravate the tensions with our Japanese friends". This story
has never been published, and Charteris' own copy was lost. I believe he wrote it
for Cosmopolitan, and perhaps they have a copy in their files...
I do have a large collection of Charteris first editions, but have had some
difficulty finding ones with dustjackets--epecically British editions from
the 1930's. I really prefer copies with dustjackets, even dustjackets
in poor condition. Please e-mail quotes, sources, or leads to me as "saint" at this domain (saint.org).
First Editions Want List
Books marked "any copy" are ones that I am looking for any copy,
but ones marked "dustjacket" are those I have already, but would
like to find a copy in dustjacket. You may quote me books that are not listed, as I often upgrade to finer copies with
better dustjackets than the ones I have.
Ward Lock (British) First Editions:
Hodder & Stoughton (British) First Editions:
Crime Club by Doubleday (USA) First Editions:
I am missing a number of reprints from my collection that I know about, and
probably many that I've never heard of. Here is a short list of the ones
I am currently trying to complete.
Reprints Want List
The Saint was reprinted in a number of different languages, and the ones I know I'm missing
are listed below. The Saint was also published in
Turkish, Korean, Serbo-Kroat, Arabic, Braille, and perhaps even others.
I am eager to find Saint books in those languages, so please e-mail me.
Foreign Language Want List
Dutch Paperbacks (A.W. Bruna & Zoon):
Super Detective Library (UK):
The Saint Detective Magazine (UK):
The Saint Mystery Magazine (UK):
Le Saint Détective Magazine (France):