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´╗┐Title: Materials Toward a Bibliography of the Works of Talbot Mundy
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TALBOT MUNDY

BIBLIO


MATERIALS TOWARD A BIBLIOGRAPHY
OF THE WORKS
OF
TALBOT MUNDY


Edited by BRADFORD M. DAY



A Bit of His Life


Talbot Mundy was born in London on April 23, 1879. He was educated at
Rugby, and served nearly ten years, beginning in 1900, as a government
official in Africa and India. While in India, he wandered all over the
sub-continent on horseback, and even into Tibet. Eastern occult lore
first attracted, then fascinated, his active and unorthodox mind. Mundy
absorbed all he could learn of the Indian beliefs.

Government service next brought him to Africa where he studied
first-hand the nature magic of many of the tribes and cultures of East
Africa. His quest for more information on this subject impelled him to
travel extensively through Egypt and the Near East and even into parts
of Arabia. This was truly adventurous at the time, but only in character
with the man who killed dozens of lions and successfully hunted for
ivory.

Mundy visited Australia, and Mexico as far south as Yucutan. He first
arrived in the United States in 1911, and liked the country so much that
he decided to stay and become a citizen.

Mundy quickly turned his energies to writing, and an article, "Pig
Sticking in India," was accepted and published in the April 1911 issue
of Adventure Magazine, itself only a few months old. Another article and
his first story, "The Phantom Battery" soon appeared. For years
thereafter, Adventure had short stories, novelettes, novels, and serials
by this master teller of tales in most of the issues that were printed.

The motif and locale of the stories and very infrequent articles usually
stemmed from the areas, people, and occult knowledge previously
mentioned. The manly art of self defense must have occupied some of
Mundy's attention during his early career. A series of stories about
Billy Blain, pugilist, appeared under the pen-name of Walter Gait,
beginning with the February 1912 issue of Adventure. Two articles were
also printed under this pseudonym.

Scribners of New York produced his first book, "Rung Ho" in 1914, then
apparently forgot him. In 1916, Bobbs-Merrill of Indianapolis published
one of his most famous stories, "King--of the Khyber Rifles," and
Cassell and Company of London brought out "The Winds of the World." Both
were well received, and Mundy's career to a moderate renown was on its
way.

In succeeding years he continued to write for Adventure and other
magazines, most of the stories being snapped up by various book
publishers. Many of the books were reprinted in several editions by
different companies, and, confusing to a bibliophile, the English
publications ware often re-titled.

During the 1920's Mundy bought a part of the Point Loma estate in
California, called The Cliffs. He settled there for several years and
became a member of the Theosophical Society presided over by Katherine
Tingley. A half-dozen of his books were written there and, "Om; the
Secret of Ahbor Valley," shows the influence of this occult society.

He contributed many articles to Tingley's theosophical magazines, her
most noted publication being the Theosophical Path. After her death in
1929, Mundy left Point Loma but always retained his interest in and
sympathy with Theosophy.

Mundy continued writing almost to the time of his death on August 5,
1940. In all, forty-nine books were produced under his name, thirty-nine
of which were original works. At least one-hundred and fifty stories and
articles appeared in magazines; most of these, perhaps nearly all, are
listed in this bibliography. None of the theosophical articles are
included here, though, as the intent of this listing is to stress his
mastery of the fantasy-high adventure tale.

It is still too soon to properly evaluate Mundy's importance in the
stream of literature. His style of writing, choice of language, is
smoothly readable. One "fault," if such it be, is a sometimes too
carefully contrived buildup to plot situations. This careful skill did
result in glowing word-pictures and living characters.

Considerable assistance was given on this project by friends and fellow
enthusiasts. My grateful thanks to all as they come to mind:


Dr. J. Lloyd Eaton--Berkeley, California
John C. Nitka--Richmond Hill, New York
James A. Strand--Portland, Oregon
Walter A. Carrithers, Jr.--Fresno, California
Robert Resch--Reading, Pennsylvania
Richard Witter, Donald Grant, and some others
for appreciated words of caution and advice.

The following list must not be supposed the final and
authoritative word on this subject.



A list of his books


ALL FOUR WINDS: FOUR NOVELS OF INDIA

    Hutchinson  London  1934  1232

       King--of the Khyber Rifles    Jimgrim
       Om; the Secret of Ahbor Valley   Black Light

    Cover Black--yellow letters

BLACK LIGHT

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1930  315
       A.L. Burt

       ("There was no moon yet ...")

    Cover maroon--black letters

THE BUBBLE REPUTATION

    (See ibid--HER REPUTATION)

CAESAR DIES

    Hutchinson  London  No date  206

       ("Golden Antioch lay like a jewel at a mountain's throat ...")
       (The Falling Star--MAGAZINE--Adventure 10/23/26)

    Cover red

THE CAVES OF TERROR

    Hutchinson  London  No date  255
    (Pocketbook) Doubleday, Page  New York  1924  118

       ("Meldrum Strange has a way with him ...")
       (The Gray Mahatma--MAGAZINE--Adventure 11/10/22
                       Famous Fantastic Mysteries 12/ /51)

    Cover light blue--rose letters

C.I.D.

    Century  New York  1932  280
       Hutchinson  London  1932  288

       ("It was typical south-west monsoon weather ...")
       (C.I.D.--MAGAZINE--Adventure 3/1/33 to 4/15/33)

    Cover yellow--black letters with red and black Oriental Figure

COCK O' THE NORTH

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1929  340

       ("Angus, nicknamed "Gup" McLeod, six feet two and a half
         inches of him, came untouched out of the Great War ...")
       (The Invisible Guns of Kabul--MAGAZINE--Adventure 10/1/29)

    Cover orange--black letters

THE DEVIL'S GUARD

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1926  335
       Oriental Club
       Wells & Shakespeare

       ("I find myself wondering why I should go to the trouble to
         write what few men will believe ...")
       (Ramsden--MAGAZINE--Adventure 6/8/26)

    Cover maroon--green letters

DIAMONDS SEE IN THE DARK

    Hutchinson  London  No date  287

       (See ibid--EAST AND WEST)

    Cover red

EAST AND WEST

    Appleton-Century  New York  1937  310

       ("Moses Lafayette O'Leary tossed his pith helmet to a coolie ...")

    Cover yellow--black letters with red and black Oriental Figure

THE EYE OF ZEITOON

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1920  354
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie[A]
       A.L. Burt

       ("It is written with authority of Tarsus that once it was
         no mean city ...")
       (The Eye of Zeitoon--MAGAZINE--Romance 2/ /20)

    Cover reddish-brown--brown letters on black background

[Footnote A: Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery--A set of ten titles]

FULL MOON

    Appleton-Century  New York  1935  312

       ("Bombay sweltered ...")
       (Full Moon--MAGAZINE--Famous Fantastic Mysteries 2/ /53)

    Cover yellow--black letters with red and black Oriental Figure

THE GUNGA SAHIB

    Century  New York and London  1934  303

       ("Birds sang blithely at the forest's edge ...")
       (When Trails Were New--MAGAZINE--Argosy-All-Story 10/27/28
                                                        to 12/1/28)
    Cover yellow-black letters

GUNS OF THE GODS

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1921  359
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)

       ("The why and wherefore of my privilege to write a true
         account of the Princess Yasmini's Early youth is a story ...")
       (Guns of the Gods--MAGAZINE--Adventure 3/1/21 to 5/1/21)

    Cover yellow brown--black letters

GUP-BAHADUR

    Hutchinson  London  No date  292

       (See ibid--COCK O' THE NORTH)

    Cover blue

HER REPUTATION

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1923  333
       A.L. Burt

       ("There is an hour of promise and a zero hour ...")

    Cover red--gold letters (Burt edition)

HIRA SINGH'S TALE--When India came to fight in Flanders

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1918  308
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)
       A.L. Burt

       ("A Sikh who must have stood six feet without his turban ...")
       (Hira Singh's Tale--MAGAZINE--Adventure 10/18/17 to 12/3/17)

    Cover green with embossed letters

THE HUNDRED DAYS & THE WOMAN AYISHA

    Century  New York and London  1931  349

       ("They kept this out of the papers at the time ...")
       (The Hundred Days--MAGAZINE--Adventure 4/10/22)
       (The Woman Ayisha--MAGAZINE--Adventure 4/20/22)

    Cover yellow--black letters with red and black Oriental Figure

I SAY SUNRISE

    Dakers  London  1947  182
       Wells  Philadelphia  1949  187

       ("I know whereof I write and to whom I write ...")
                  (Philosophical non-fiction)

    Wells edition cover dark blue--gold figure--gold letters on spine

THE IVORY TRAIL

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1919  411  Ill.
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)
       A.L. Burt

       ("Estimates of ease and affluence vary with the point of view.")
       (On the Trail of Tipoo Tib--MAGAZINE--Adventure 5/1/19
       (Trek East--POCKETBOOK--Universal Pub. 1954)   to 7/15/19)

    Cover red--red letters on black background

JIMGRIM

    Century  New York and London  1931  385
       A.L. Burt

       ("It was one of those sun-drunken days in spring ...")
       (King of the World--MAGAZINE--Adventure 11/15/30 to 2/15/31)
       (Jimgrim Sahib--POCKETBOOK--Universal Pub. 1953)

    Cover yellow--black letters with red and black Oriental Figure

JIMGRIM AND ALLAH'S PEACE

    Appleton-Century  New York  1936  279

       ("There is a beautiful belief that journalists may do as they
       (The Adventure at El-Kerak--MAGAZINE--please ...")
                               Adventure 11/10/21)
       (Under the Dome of the Rock--Magazine--Adventure 12/10/21)

    Cover yellow--black letters with red end black Oriental Figure

JUNGLE JEST

    Century  New York and London  1932  392

       ("Someone began to pray in a nasal snarl, and a stallion
       (Benefit of Doubt--MAGAZINE--Adventure       squealed ...")
                                     12/10/22)
    Cover yellow--black letters

THE KING IN CHECK

    Appleton-Century  New York  1934  244
    Hutchinson  London  1933  256

       ("Whoever invented chess understood the world's works ...")
       (The King in Check--MAGAZINE--Adventure 7/10/22)

    Appleton-Century edition cover purple--gold letters

KING--OF THE KHYBER RIFLES

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1916  395
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)
       Readers League of America
       A.L. Burt

       ("The men who govern India--more power to them and her ...")
       (King--of the Khyber Rifles--MAGAZINE--Everybody's 5/ /16)

    Cover red--red letters on black background
    Cover olive--gold letters       Variants of same edition?

THE LION OF PETRA

    Hutchinson  London  1932  255
       Appleton-Century
       A.L. Burt

       ("This isn't an animal story ...")
       (The Lion of Petra--MAGAZINE--Adventure 3/10/22)

    Burt edition cover orange--black letters

THE LOST TROOPER

    Hutchinson  London  No date  252

       ("How can you begin a tale at the beginning when it has ...")
       (The Lost Trooper--MAGAZINE--Adventure 5/30/22)

    Cover red--gold letters

THE MARRIAGE OF MELDRUM STRANGE

    Hutchinson  London  No date  254

       ("This is an immoral story ...")
       (The Marriage of Meldrum Strange--MAGAZINE--Adventure 10/10/23)

    Cover blue

THE MYSTERY OF KHUFU'S TOMB

    Appleton-Century  New York  1935  279  Ill.

       ("We Americans are ostriches ...")
       (Khufu's Real Tomb--MAGAZINE--Adventure 10/10/22)

    Cover purple--gold letters

THE NINE UNKNOWN

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1923  353
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)

       ("I had this story from a dozen people ...")
       (The Nine Unknown--MAGAZINE--Adventure 3/20/23 to 4/30/23)

    Cover blue--yellow letters

OLD UGLY FACE

    Appleton-Century  New York  1940  544
       Wells & Shakespeare

       ("Things seemed vague that evening ...")

    Cover blue--gold letters

OM; THE SECRET OF AHBOR VALLEY

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1924  392
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)
       Hutchinson

       ("If you want views about the world's news, read what ...")
       (Om; the Secret of Ahbor Valley--MAGAZINE--Adventure 10/10/24 to
          10/30/24)

    Cover green--black letters

PURPLE PIRATE

    Appleton-Century  New York  1935  367

       ("Hitherto I have found my real goal unattainable ...")
       (Battle Stations--MAGAZINE--Adventure 5/1/35
        Cleopatra's Promise          Adventure 6/15/35
        Purple Pirate                Adventure 8/15/35
        Fleets of Fire               Adventure 10/1/35)

    Cover yellow--black letters with red and black Oriental Figure

QUEEN CLEOPATRA

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1929  426

       ("Cleopatra yawned ...")

    Cover black--green letters

RAMSDEN

    (See ibid--THE DEVIL'S GUARD)

THE RED FLAME OF ERINPURA

    Hutchinson  London  No date  255

       ("There was a voice outside, and nothing else ...")
       (The Red Flame of Erinpura--MAGAZINE--Adventure 1/1/27)

    Cover red

ROMANCES OF INDIA

    A.L. Burt  New York and Chicago  No date  281

       King--of the Khyber Rifles   Guns of the Gods
          Told in the East

    Cover orange--black letters

RUNG HO

    Scribners  New York  1914  371  Ill.

       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)
       A.L. Burt

       ("That was no time or place for any girl of twenty to ...")
       (For the Peace of India--MAGAZINE--Adventure 2/ /14
                                                  to 4/ /14)
    Cover olive--black letters on front, gold on spine

THE SEVENTEEN THIEVES OF EL KALIL

    Hutchinson  London  No date  254

       ("Steam never killed romance ...")
       (The Seventeen Thieves of El Kalil--MAGAZINE--Adventure 2/20/22)

    Cover red

THE SOUL OF A REGIMENT

    Alex Dulfer  San Francisco  1925  25
    (See ibid--THE VALIANT VIEW)
    (See ibid--ADVENTURE'S BEST STORIES--1926 edited by A.S. Hoffman,
     an anthology published by Doran, New York, 1926)

       (The Soul of A Regiment--MAGAZINE--Adventure 2/ /12)
       ("So long as its colours remain ...")

    Cover green--white spine

THERE WAS A DOOR

    (See ibid--FULL MOON)

THE THUNDER DRAGON GATE

    Appleton-Century  New York and London  1937  335
       Hutchinson

       ("It was one of those days when not even Cockneys like London.")

    Cover yellow--black letters with red and black Oriental Figure

TOLD IN THE EAST

    Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1920  281
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)

       ("A blood red sun rested its huge disc upon a low mud wall ...")
       (Hookum Hai--MAGAZINE--Adventure 7/ /13
        For the Salt He Had Eaten        Adventure 3/ /13
        Machassan Ah                     Adventure 4/ /15)

    Cover brown--tan letters with black background

TROS OF SAMOTHRACE

    Appleton-Century  New York and London  1934  949

       (Tros of Samothrace--MAGAZINE--Adventure 2/10/25
        The Enemy of Rome               Adventure 4/10/25
        Prisoners of War                Adventure 6/10/25
        Admiral of Caesar's Fleet       Adventure 10/10/25
        The Dancing Girls of Gades      Adventure 12/10/25
        A Messenger of Destiny          Adventure 2/10/26 to 2/30/26)

    Cover yellow--black letters

THE VALIANT VIEW: a collection of stories

    Hutchinson  London  1939  256

       ("So long as its colours remain, and there is one man left ...")
       (The Soul of A Regiment--MAGAZINE--Adventure  2/ /12
        The Damned Old Nigger               Adventure  5/ /16
        The Chaplain of the Hullingars      Adventure  3/ /12
        The Pillar of Light
        One Arabian Fight                   Adventure 11/ /13
        Machassan Ah                        Adventure  4/ /15
        The Man from Poonch                 Argosy 6/17/33
        The Eye-Teeth of O'Hara             Adventure 11/1/31
        Innocent Non-combatant
        The Honorable Pig                                    )

    Cover red

W.H.

    Hutchinson  London  No date  256

       ("The manuscript of this story was found in the cellar of ...")
       (Ho for London Town--MAGAZINE--Argosy-All-Story 2/2/29 to
       (The Queen's Warrant--POCKETBOOK)                  2/23/29)

    Cover orange

WHEN TRAILS WERE NEW

    Hutchinson  London  No date  288

       (See ibid--THE GUNGA SAHIB)

THE WINDS OF THE WORLD

    Cassell  London and New York  1916  307
       Bobbs-Merrill  Indianapolis  1917  331  Ill.
       McKinley, Stone & McKenzie (Masterpieces of Oriental Mystery)
       A.L. Burt

       ("A watery July sun was hurrying towards a Punjab skyline ...")
       (The Winds of the World--MAGAZINE--Adventure 7/ /15 to 9/ /15)

    Cover light gray with turbaned figure

THE WOMAN AYISHA

    Hutchinson  London  No date  256
    (See ibid--THE HUNDRED DAYS & THE WOMAN AYISHA)

       ("Consider the situation for a moment first ...")
       (The Woman Ayisha--MAGAZINE--Adventure 4/20/22)

    Cover red

Is this an imaginary book?
THE MAN FROM JUPITER

    Claims have been advanced that Mundy wrote this work of science
    fiction. Doubtlessly most of the imaginative creation connected with
    this book is in the minds of the gulls who pass the name of this
    title along.



A list of his magazine stories


PIGSTICKING IN INDIA

    Adventure--1911--April   Article

SINGLE-HANDED YACHTING

    Adventure--1911--July    Article

THE PHANTOM BATTERY

    Adventure--1911--August

THE BLOODING OF THE NINTH QUEEN'S OWN

    Adventure--1911--December

FOR VALOUR

    Adventure--1912--January

THE SOUL OF A REGIMENT

    Adventure--1912--February
       Reprinted: April 1917--November 1935--November 1940
       (The Soul of A Regiment--BOOK)
       (The Valiant View--BOOK)
       (Adventure's Best Stories--1926--BOOK)

THE CHAPLAIN OF THE MULLINGARS

    Adventure--1912--March
       (The Valiant View--BOOK)

W. MAYES--THE AMAZING

    Adventure--1912--April   Article

THE QUEEN--GOD BLESS HER

    Adventure--1912--May

T.C. ANSELL--ADVENTURER

    Adventure--1912--June

THE COWARDS

    Adventure--1912--July

THE PAYMENT OF QUINN'S DEBT

    Adventure--1912--August

IN WINTER QUARTERS

    Adventure--1912--September

THE MAN WHO SAW

    Adventure--1912--October

HONOR

    Adventure--1912--November

RABBIT

    Adventure--1912--December

THREE HELIOS

    Adventure--1913--January

A LOW-VELDT FUNERAL

    Adventure--1913--February   Article

FOR THE SALT WHICH HE HAD EATEN

    Adventure--1913--March
       (Told in the East--BOOK)

PRIVATE MURDOCH'S G.C.M.

    Adventure--1913--April

THE GUZZLER'S GRAND PRIX

    Adventure--1913--May

AT MANEUVERS

    Adventure--1913--June

HOOKUM HAI

    Adventure--1913--July
       (Told in the East--BOOK)

THE CLOSED TRIAL OF WM. WALKER

    Adventure--1913--August   Article

THE LETTER OF HIS ORDERS

    Adventure--1913--September

IN A RIGHTEOUS CAUSE

    Adventure--1913--October

AN ARABIAN NIGHT

    Adventure--1913--November
       (The Valiant View--BOOK)

THE TEMPERING OF HARRY BLUNT

    Adventure--1913--December

A SOLDIER AND A GENTLEMAN

    Adventure--1914--January

FOR THE PEACE OF INDIA

    Adventure--1914--February to April (Serial, 3 parts)
       (Rung Ho--BOOK)

THE GENTILITY OF IKEY BLUMENDALL

    Adventure--1914--June

GULBAZ AND THE GAME

    Adventure--1914--July

THE SWORD OF ISKANDER

    Adventure--1914--August

FOUL OF THE CZAR

    Adventure--1914--September

"GO, TELL THE CZAR!"

    Adventure--1914--October

KING DICK

    Adventure--1914--November

LANCING THE WHALE

    Adventure--1914--December

DISOWNED!

    Adventure--1915--January

NO NAME

    Adventure--1915--February

ON TERMS

    Adventure--1915--March

MACHASSAN AH

    Adventure--1915--April
       (The Valiant View--BOOK)
       (Told in the East--BOOK)

A TEMPORARY TRADE IN TITLES

    Adventure--1915--May

THE DOVE WITH A BROKEN WING

    Adventure--1915--June

THE WINDS OF THE WORLD

    Adventure--1915--July to September (Serial 3 parts)
       (The Winds of the World--BOOK)

A DROP OR TWO OF WHITE TUCKER'S TONGUE

    Adventure--1916--February     Anecdote

THE DAMNED OLD NIGGER

    Adventure--1916--May
       (The Valiant View--BOOK)

KING--OF THE KHYBER RIFLES

    Everybody's--1916--May
       (King--of the Khyber Rifles--BOOK)

HIRA SINGH'S TALE

    Adventure--1917--October 18 to December 3 (Serial 4 parts)
       (Hira Singh's Tale--BOOK)

BLIGHTY

    Adventure--1918--August 18   Article

OAKES RESPECTS AN ADVERSARY

    Adventure--1918--December 3

AMERICA HORNS IN

    Adventure--1919--January 3

JACKSON TACTICS

    Adventure--1919--February 18

HEINIE HORNS INTO THE GAME

    Adventure--1919--March 18

THE END OF THE BAD SHIP BUNDESRATH

    Adventure--1919--April 18

ON THE TRAIL OF TIPOO TIB

    Adventure--1919--May 3 to July 18 (Serial 6 parts)
       (The Ivory Trail--BOOK)

THE SHRIEK OF DUM

    Adventure--1919--September 3

BARABBAS ISLAND

    Adventure--1919--October 18

IN ALEPPO BAZAAR

    Adventure--1919--December 18

THE EYE OF ZEITOON

    Romance--1920--February
       (The Eye of Zeitoon--BOOK)

GUNS OF THE GODS

    Adventure--1921--March 3 to May 3 (Serial 5 parts)
       (Guns of the Gods--BOOK)

THE ADVENTURE AT EL-KERAK

    Adventure--1921--November 10
       (Jimgrim and Allah's Peace--BOOK)

UNDER THE DOME OF THE ROCK

    Adventure--1921--December 10
       (Jimgrim and Allah's Peace--BOOK)

THE "IBLIS" AT LUDD

    Adventure--1922--January 10

THE SEVENTEEN THIEVES OF EL-KALIL

    Adventure--1922--February 20
       (The Seventeen Thieves of El-Kalil--BOOK)

THE LION OF PETRA

    Adventure--1922--March 10
       (The Lion of Petra--BOOK)

THE HUNDRED DAYS

    Adventure--1922--April 10
       (The Hundred Days & The Woman Ayisha--BOOK)

THE WOMAN AYISHA

    Adventure--1922--April 20
       (The Hundred Days & The Woman Ayisha--BOOK)
       (The Woman Ayisha--BOOK)

THE LOST TROOPER

    Adventure--1922--May 30
       (The Lost Trooper--BOOK)

THE KING IN CHECK

    Adventure--1922--July 10
       (The King in Check--BOOK)

A SECRET SOCIETY

    Adventure--1922--August 10

MOSES & MRS. AINTREE

    Adventure--1922--September 10

KHUFU'S REAL TOMB

    Adventure--1922--October 10
       (The Mystery of Khufu's Tomb--BOOK)

THE GRAY MAHATMA

    Adventure--1922--November 10
       Reprinted: Famous Fantastic Mysteries--1951--December
       (The Caves of Terror--BOOK)

BENEFIT OF DOUBT

    Adventure--1922--December 10
       (Jungle Jest--BOOK)

TREASON

    Adventure--1923--January 10

THE NINE UNKNOWN

    Adventure--1923--March 20 to April 30 (Serial 5 parts)
       (The Nine Unknown--BOOK)

DIANA AGAINST THE EPHESIANS

    Adventure--1923--August 10

THE MARRIAGE OF MELDRUM STRANGE

    Adventure--1923--October 10
       (The Marriage of Meldrum Strange--BOOK)

MOHANNED'S TOOTH

    Adventure--1923--December 10

OM; THE SECRET OF AHBOR VALLEY

    Adventure--1924--October 10 to November 30 (Serial 6 parts)
       (Om; the Secret of Ahbor Valley--BOOK)

TROS OF SAMOTHRACE

    Adventure--1925--February 10
       (Tros of Samothrace--BOOK)

THE ENEMY OF ROME

    Adventure--1925--April 10
       (Tros of Samothrace--BOOK)

PRISONERS OF WAR

    Adventure--1925--June 10
       (Tros of Samothrace--BOOK)

ADMIRAL OF CAESAR'S FLEET

    Adventure--1925--October 10
       (Tros of Samothrace--BOOK)

THE DANCING GIRLS OF GADES

    Adventure--1925--December 10
       (Tros of Samothrace--BOOK)

THE MESSENGER OF DESTINY

    Adventure--1926--February 10, 20, 30 (Serial 3 parts)
       (Tros of Samothrace--BOOK)

RAMSDEN

    Adventure--1926--June 8 to August 8 (Serial 5 parts)
       (The Devil's Guard--BOOK)
       (Ramsden--BOOK)

THE FALLING STAR

    Adventure--1926--October 23
       (Caesar Dies--BOOK)

THE RED FLAME OF ERINPURA

    Adventure--1927--January 1
       (The Red Flame of Erinpura--BOOK)

WHEN TRAILS WERE NEW

    Argosy-All-Story--1928--October 27 to December 1 (Serial 6 parts)
       (The Gunga Sahib--BOOK)
       (When Trails Were New--BOOK)

THE WHEEL OF DESTINY

    Adventure--1928--November 1
       (The Gunga Sahib--BOOK)

THE BIG LEAGUE MIRACLE

    Adventure--1928--November 15

ON THE ROAD TO ALLAH'S HEAVEN

    Adventure--1928--December 1

GOLDEN RIVER

    Adventure--1929--January 1

A TUCKET OF DRUMS

    Adventure--1929--February 1

HO FOR LONDON TOWN

    Argosy-All-Story--1929--February 2 to February 23 (Serial 4 parts)
       (W.H.--BOOK)
       (The Queen's Warrant--POCKETBOOK)

IN OLD NARADA FORT

    Adventure--1929--February 15

ASOKA'S ALIBI

    Argosy-All-Story--March 9 to March 23--1929 (Serial 3 parts)

BY ALLAH WHO MADE TIGERS

    Argosy-All-Story--1929--April 27 to May 11 (Serial 3 parts)

FLAME OF CRUELTY

    Romance--1929--August

THE INVISIBLE GUNS OF KABUL

    Adventure--1929--October 1 to December 1 (Serial 5 parts)
       (Cock O' the North--BOOK)

CONSISTENT ANYHOW

    Adventure--1930--February 1

THE AFFAIR AT KALIGAON

    Argosy--1930--May 24 to June 7 (Serial 3 parts)

KING OF THE WORLD

    Adventure--1930--November 15 to February 15, 1931 (Serial 7 parts)
    (Jimgrim--BOOK)

ELEPHANT SAHIB

    Argosy--1930--December 6 to January 10, 1931 (Serial 6 parts)

BLACK FLAG

    Adventure--1931--May 1

THE MAN ON THE MAT

    Adventure--1931--August 1

THE BABU

    Adventure--1931--October 1

THE EYE TEETH OF O'HARA

    Adventure--1931--November 1
       (The Valiant View--BOOK)

CASE 13

    Adventure--1932--January 1

CHULLUNDER GHOSE, THE GUILELESS

    Adventure--1932--March 1

WATU (a reminiscence)

    Adventure--1932--April 1

WHITE TIGERS

    Adventure--1932--August 1 to August 15 (Serial 2 parts)

C.I.D.

    Adventure--1933--March 1 to April 15 (Serial 4 parts)
       (C.I.D.--BOOK)

THE MAN FROM POONCH

    Argosy--1933--June 17
       (The Valiant View--BOOK)

THE RED SEA CARGO

    Adventure--1933--August

MILK OF THE MOON

    Argosy--1933--September 17

CAMERA

    Argosy--1934--January 6

THE GODS SEEM CONTENTED

    Argosy--1934--September 15

BENGAL REBELLION

    Blue Book--1935--January

BATTLE STATIONS

    Adventure--1935--May 1
       (Purple Pirate--BOOK)

CLEOPATRA'S PROMISE

    Adventure--1935--June 15
       (Purple Pirate--BOOK)

PURPLE PIRATE

    Adventure--1935--August 15
       (Purple Pirate--BOOK)

FLEETS OF FIRE

    Adventure--1935--October 1
       (Purple Pirate--BOOK)

THE WOLF OF THE PASS

    All Aces--1936--Hay

THE ELEPHANT WAITS

    Short Stories--1937--February 25

COMPANION IN ARMS

    Adventure--1937--November

ROMAN HOLIDAY

    Golden Fleece--1938--October

THE NIGHT THE CLOCKS STOPPED

    Adventure--1941--March

ODDS ON THE PROPHET

    Short Stories--1941--August 10

FULL MOON

    Famous Fantastic Mysteries--1953--February
       (Full Moon--BOOK)
       (There Was A Door--BOOK)



Written under the pen-name of WALTER GALT
these tales of Billy Blain, pugilist--all from Adventure Magazine


THE GONER    1912--February

THE SECOND RUNG    1912--June

DORG'S LUCK    1912--August

ACROSS THE COLOR LINE    1912--October

LOVE AND WAR    1912--November

THE TOP OF THE LADDER    1912--December

ONE YEAR LATER    1913--February

NOTHING DOING    1914--September

THE RETURN OF BILLY BLAIN    1914--November

BILLY BLAIN EATS BISCUITS    1916--January

BILLY BLAIN'S ONIONS AND GARLIC    1916--February



Two articles under this pen-name


FRANCIS BANNERMAN--A MAN OF MYSTERY & HISTORY    1912--May

ELEPHANT HUNTING FOR A LIVING    1912--July



His sagas; with a story sequence of various characters
by Dr. J. Lloyd Eaton


Talbot Mundy was a prolific writer of historical tales and stories of
adventure-intrigue, his particular forte being tales of India and the
Near East. Twelve of his novels are listed in THE CHECKLIST OF FANTASTIC
LITERATURE, with themes of mysticism, black versus white magic,
lost-race, and even true science fiction. Many others of his stories are
borderline fantastics.

In the field of fantastic literature his works are highly prized (often
highly priced, also) and many such readers find, possibly to their
surprise, that they also enjoy his other stories. This may be due in
some part to the fact that Mundy used the same characters over and over
again, in novels in which each played the lead and as sub-characters in
other novels. One keeps meeting old friends.

This leads to one difficulty in reading Mundy, however. If one is going
to meet these characters, it is much more enjoyable to watch them
develop from birth, so to speak--and not vice versa, like coming into a
theatre in the middle of the picture. But, a reading sequence is a real
difficulty. Each story is complete in itself, but the characters are
re-shuffled into various combinations and any one of them may, and does,
strike off into a novel of his own, only to reappear at a later date in
some combination with other such characters. It is confusing, to say the
least. To add to the confusion, all or nearly all of Mundy's stories
first appeared in magazines, largely in Adventure, but later in Argosy.
As his popularity grew, his older stories were republished in book form,
as well as each of his new novels, so that the date of publication of
his books means nothing as far as reading chronology is concerned.

Before going any further, it may be interesting to digress a bit, and
consider some of his earlier stories in Adventure Magazine, and more
particularly as they apply to his books. No attempt is being made to
give a complete listing of his magazine stories here. Adventure Magazine
began publication in November 1910, but the earliest issue that I have
for reference is that of August 1911. This contains a short story by
Mundy, "The Phantom Battery." By this time he was publishing five to
eight short stories per year. These early stories were mostly about the
British Army and the most important was his "The Soul of A Regiment,"
(February 1913) a tale of native troops in the ill-fated first
expedition against the Dervishes in Egypt, with a surprise, terrific,
ending. This story was published as a book, "The Soul of A Regiment,"
(Alex Dulfer, San Francisco, 1925) and was anthologized by Arthur
Sullivant Hoffman in "Adventure's Beet Stories--1926" (Doran, New York,
1926). It was reprinted in Adventure Magazine in April 1917 and followed
next month be a sequel, "The Damned Old Nigger." Three of his early
novelettes (1913), "Hookum Hai," "For the Salt He Had Eaten," and
"Machassan Ah," will be found in the book "Told in the East,"
(Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1920). The first two concern the Sepoy
Revolt and the third is a humorous story of the British Navy. All are
good tales. The characters in the latter appear also in "An Arabian
Night" (Adventure, November 1913). The first of his Indian hillman type
stories is probably the short novel "The Letter of His Orders"
(Adventure, September 1913). His first serial, "For the Peace of India"
(Adventure, February to April 1914) was published in the book "Rung Ho"
(Scribners, New York, 1914) and is another good story of the Sepoy
Rebellion. In January and July 1914, appeared two stories about the
Princess Yasmini, a character that he used extensively in later
novels--as the lead, with King, with Ranjoor Singh, and in the
Jimgrim-Ramsden saga. The first of his sagas (Dick Anthony of Arran) was
never published in book form. This series included eight novelettes and
short novels, enough to fill four or five books, and appeared in
successive issues of Adventure Magazine, beginning August 1914. These
were very good adventure tales of a Scotch gentleman fighting for Iran
against Old Russia, but are rather dated now. Following this, most of
his novels appeared first in a magazine and were then immediately
published in book form.

This brings us to the "Jimgrim-Ramsden Saga," the greatest of them all.
If the early (and later) development of the associated characters is
added, it continues through twenty-one books (twenty-two novels), and
fifteen books (sixteen novels) for the actual Jimgrim-Ramsden stories.
This is not counting some eighteen novelettes and novels found in
magazines only.

This Saga, in the main, is the story of James Schuyler Grim, (Jimgrim) a
remarkable characterization, beginning as an American "Lawrence in
Arabia" and evolving into a human but unapproachable high priest of the
occult. There is Jeff Ramsden, the strong man and his closest friend,
who with the Australian, Jeremy Ross, make up the triumvirate of Grim,
Ross, and Ramsden, with their henchman Narayan Singh, the indomitable
Sikh. (Who cuts throats with an outward thrust.) Later the
multimillionaire, Meldrum Strange, hires them to fight evil. Then,
Athelbert King, a hero of novels in his own right, joins up, making a
quartet. Other characters from Mundy's novels appear--the seductive and
dangerous Princess Yasmini; Cotswold Ommony, the forester of India; the
Babu, Chullunder Ghose; the Gunga Sahib, and O'Hara.



His sagas


For an interesting reading sequence, the following is suggested.
    *** means excellent escapist reading--and fantastic
    (***) means excellent escapist reading--not fantastic
    Numbers indicate a book
    Indented numbers with letter mean magazine only
    Major characters, and their appearances, follow each title
    (Ramsden tells many of the stories and is not listed
     except as necessary to connect the series.)


JIMGRIM-RAMSDEN, et al, Saga


(***) 1. GUNS OF THE GODS (Bobbs-Merrill)
                                       Yasmini 1.

(***)    1a. A SOLDIER AND A GENTLEMAN (Adventure January 1914)
                                       Yasmini 2.

(***)    1b. GULBAZ AND THE GAME (Adventure July 1914)
                                       Yasmini 3.

(***) 2. THE WINDS OF THE WORLD (Cassell)
                                       Yasmini 4. Ranjoor Singh 1.

(***) 3. HIRA SINGH (Bobbs-Merrill)
                                       Ranjoor Singh 2.

 ***  4. KING--OF THE KHYBER RIFLES (Bobbs-Merrill)
                                       King 1. Yasmini 5.

(***) 5. JIMGRIM AND ALLAH'S PEACE (Appleton-Century)
                                       Jimgrim 1.

(***)    5a. THE "IBLIS" AT LUDD (Adventure 1/10/22)
                                       Jimgrim 2.

(***) 6. TEE SEVENTEEN THIEVES OF EL-KALIL (Hutchinson)
                                       Jimgrim 3.

(***) 7. THE LION OF PETRA (Appleton-Century)
                                       Jimgrim 4.

(***) 8. THE WOMAN AYISHA (see THE HUNDRED DAYS--Century)
                                       Jimgrim 5.

(***) 9. THE LOST TROOPER (Hutchinson)
                                       Jimgrim 6.

(***) 10. THE KING IN CHECK (Appleton-Century)
                                       Jimgrim 7.

 ***      10a. A SECRET SOCIETY (Adventure 8/10/22)
                                       Strange 1. Jimgrim 8.

 ***      10b. MOSES AND MRS AINTREE (Adventure 1/10/22)
                                       Strange 2. Jimgrim 9.

 ***  11. THE MYSTERY OF KHUFU'S TOMB (Appleton-Century)
                                       Strange 3. Jimgrim 10.

 ***  12. THE CAVES OF TERROR (Hutchinson)
                                       Yasmini 6. Strange 4. Ramsden  King 2.

(**)  13. JUNGLE JEST (Century)
                                       Ommony 1. King 3.

(**)  14. THE MARRIAGE OF MELDRUM STRANGE (Hutchinson)
                             Ramsden   Strange 5. Ommony 2. Chullunder Ghose 1.

 **   15. OM; THE SECRET OF AHBOR VALLEY (Bobbs-Merrill)
                                       Ommony 3.

(***) 16. THE HUNDRED DAYS (Century)
                                       Jimgrim 11. King 4.

 ***  17. THE NINE UNKNOWN (Bobbs-Merrill)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 2. Jimgrim 12. King 5.

 ***  18. THE DEVIL'S GUARD (Bobbs-Merrill)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 3. Jimgrim 13.

 ***  19. JIMGRIM (Century)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 4. Jimgrim 14.

(***) 20. THE GUNGA SAHIB (Appleton-Century)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 5. Quern 1.

(***)     20a. THE WHEEL OF DESTINY (Adventure 11/1/28)
               (This is roughly the same as the first four chapters of
               "The Gunga Sahib" From there on, any relationship between
               the book and the magazine stories seems to be coincidental.)

(***)     20b. THE BIG LEAGUE MIRACLE (Adventure 11/15/28)
                                       Quorn 2.

(**)      20c. ON TEE ROAD TO ALLAH'S HEAVEN (Adventure 12/1/28)
                                       Quorn 3.

(**)      20d. GOLDEN RIVER (Adventure I/1/29)
                                       Quorn 4.

(**)      20e. A TUCKET OF DRUMS (Adventure 2/1/29)
                                       Quorn 5.

(***)     20f. IN OLD NARADA FORT (Adventure 2/15/29)
                                       Quorn 6.

(***)     20g. ASOKA'S ALIBI (Argosy, 3 parts 3/9/29)
                                       Quorn 7.

(***)     20h. THE AFFAIR AT KALIGAON (Argosy, 3 parts 5/24/30)
                                       Quorn 8.

(***) 21. C.I.D. (Century)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 6.

(**)      21a. THE BABU (Adventure 10/1/31)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 7.  O'Hara 1.

(**)      21b. THE EYE TEETH OF O'HARA (Adventure 11/15/31)
                                       O'Hara 2.

(***)     21c. CASE 13 (Adventure I/1/32)
                                       O'Hara 3.  Chullunder Ghose 8.

(***)     21d. CHULLUNDER, THE GUILELESS (Adventure 3/1/32)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 9.

(**)  22. THE RED FLAME OF ERINPURA (Hutchinson)
                                       Chullunder Ghose 10.


MONTE, et al, Saga


(**)      a. CAKES RESPECTS AN ADVERSARY (Adventure 12/3/18)

(***)     b. AMERICA HORN IN (Adventure 1/3/19)

(***)     c. JACKSON TACTICS (Adventure 2/18/19)

(***)     d. HEINE HORNS INTO THE GAME (Adventure 3/18/19)

(***)     e. THE END OF THE BAD SHIP BUNDESRATH (Adventure 4/18/19)

(***) 1. THE IVORY TRAIL (Bobbs-Merrill)

 **      1a. THE SHRIEK OF DUM (Adventure 9/3/19)

 ***     1b. BARABBAS ISLAND (Adventure 10/18/19)

(**)     1c. IN ALEPPO BAZAAR (Adventure 1/19/20)

(***) 2. THE EYE OF ZEITOON (Bobbs-Merrill)


TROS Saga


 ***  1. TROS OF SAMOTHRACE (Appleton-Century)

 ***  2. QUEEN CLEOPATRA (Bobbs-Merrill)

(***) 3. PURPLE PIRATE (Appleton-Century)



A final note from the editor. Three other books by Mundy are classed as
fantasy, and, though not connected with the above sagas, are worthy of
mention as fantastic.


*** 1. BLACK LIGHT (Bobbs-Merrill)

*** 2. FULL MOON (Appleton-Century)

*** 3. THE THUNDER DRAGON GATE (Appleton-Century)


Good luck and best wishes to anyone so influenced by this listing as to
attempt collecting these stories. A full purse will help.



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