[An Archive of Books and Letters Belonging to Hutchison's Secretary, Norah Skeggs]: The W Plan [and] The Governor of Kattowitz [and] Colonel Grant's Tomorrow [and] Life Without End [and] The Viper of Luxor [and] Eye for an Eye [and] Arya: The Call of the Future [and] Blood Money [and] Challenge! [and] Minos Magnificent! [and] Pelican Row [and] Scar 77 [and] The K Code Plan [and] According to Plan [and] The Red Colonel. Graham Seton HUTCHISON.
[An Archive of Books and Letters Belonging to Hutchison's Secretary, Norah Skeggs]: The W Plan [and] The Governor of Kattowitz [and] Colonel Grant's Tomorrow [and] Life Without End [and] The Viper of Luxor [and] Eye for an Eye [and] Arya: The Call of the Future [and] Blood Money [and] Challenge! [and] Minos Magnificent! [and] Pelican Row [and] Scar 77 [and] The K Code Plan [and] According to Plan [and] The Red Colonel.
[An Archive of Books and Letters Belonging to Hutchison's Secretary, Norah Skeggs]: The W Plan [and] The Governor of Kattowitz [and] Colonel Grant's Tomorrow [and] Life Without End [and] The Viper of Luxor [and] Eye for an Eye [and] Arya: The Call of the Future [and] Blood Money [and] Challenge! [and] Minos Magnificent! [and] Pelican Row [and] Scar 77 [and] The K Code Plan [and] According to Plan [and] The Red Colonel.
[An Archive of Books and Letters Belonging to Hutchison's Secretary, Norah Skeggs]: The W Plan [and] The Governor of Kattowitz [and] Colonel Grant's Tomorrow [and] Life Without End [and] The Viper of Luxor [and] Eye for an Eye [and] Arya: The Call of the Future [and] Blood Money [and] Challenge! [and] Minos Magnificent! [and] Pelican Row [and] Scar 77 [and] The K Code Plan [and] According to Plan [and] The Red Colonel.

[An Archive of Books and Letters Belonging to Hutchison's Secretary, Norah Skeggs]: The W Plan [and] The Governor of Kattowitz [and] Colonel Grant's Tomorrow [and] Life Without End [and] The Viper of Luxor [and] Eye for an Eye [and] Arya: The Call of the Future [and] Blood Money [and] Challenge! [and] Minos Magnificent! [and] Pelican Row [and] Scar 77 [and] The K Code Plan [and] According to Plan [and] The Red Colonel.

London: Thornton Butterworth; Hutchinson & Co.; Rich & Cowan, 1929; 1932; 1934; 1931; 1932; 1932; 1933; [1934]; 1934; 1935; 1935; 1935; 1936; 1938; 1938; [1947]. [Collection of Books and Letters] INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPIES, WITH LETTERS. Sixteen volumes. Octavo (20 x 14 x 58cm). 1) The W Plan, seventh impression, pp.302 [2]. Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine and upper. With the illustrated dust-jacket priced at 7/6. Toning and spotting to edges. Jacket lightly handled. An exceptional copy, near fine. Dated 1929; first published earlier the same year. 2) The W Plan, cheap edition, third impression, pp.302 [2]. Bookplate of Norah Skeggs to fly-leaf. Publisher's blue cloth with black titles to spine and upper. Gently toned throughout; cocked. Spine rubbed and sunned to brown. Good. Dated 1932; first published 1929. 3) The Governor of Kattowitz, cheap edition, second impression, pp.287 [1]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, dated March 1935, to fly-leaf. Also with an autograph letter in blue ink on a single sheet of paper, from the author to Miss Skeggs, thanking her for a gift she had sent to his son Duncan. Publisher's blue cloth with black titles to spine and upper. Toned throughout, with spotting to edges. Letter creased and crumpled, with a minor burn mark. Light handling to cloth; spine very slightly toned. Very good. Dated 1934; first published 1930. 4) Colonel Grant's Tomorrow, second impression, pp.284 [4]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf, dated Christmas 1933. Publisher's blue cloth with black titles to spine and upper. Toned throughout; some spotting to edges. Spine toned to grey, with some wear and marking to cloth. Good. Dated 1931; first published earlier the same year. 5) Eye for an Eye, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.288 [40]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf, dated New Year 1934. Publisher's black cloth with yellow titles to spine and upper. With the colour-illustrated dust-jacket, priced at 7/6. Toning to endpapers and spotting to edges. Jacket heavily toned to spine with some light rubbing to edges. Very good. Publisher's catalogue dated Summer 1932. 6) Life Without End, SIGNED FIRST EDITION, pp.283 [5]. SIGNED by the author in black ink to title page. Publisher's green cloth with black titles to spine and upper. Gently toned throughout; spotting to edges. Light spotting to preliminaries. Cloth colour heavily washed-out; spine toned. Light wear with a little bumping. Very good. Dated 1932. 7) The Viper of Luxor, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.288 [64]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf: 'All Completed within the | month of August 1933, | from plot to production.' Publisher's black cloth with yellow titles to spine and upper. Front panel of the colour-illustrated dust-jacket pasted to front pastedown. Toning to endpapers and blanks, and spotting to edges. Light wear to cloth. Very good. Publisher's catalogue dated Autumn 1933. 8) Arya: The Call of the Future, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.252 [4]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf: 'my secretary, whose work | facilitates this work, with | many thanks,' dated January 1934. With a frontispiece map of the author's proposed All India Federation. Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine and upper. Spotting to edges. Very light toning to spine; a lovely bright, clean example. Very good. Not dated. 9) Blood Money, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.288 [48]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf, dated September 1934. Publisher's black cloth with green titles to spine and upper. Light spotting to endpapers and edges. Light rubbing and bumping to cloth. Very good. Publisher's catalogue dated summer 1934. 10) Challenge!, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.256 [48]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs (including two lengthy quotations), to fly-leaf, dated January 1935. Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine. With the red and yellow photographic dust-jacket, priced at 8/6. Light toning and spotting to edges. Light wear and handling to jacket. An exceptional copy, near fine. Publisher's catalogue dated Spring 1935. 11) Minos Magnificent!, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.288 [40]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, 'the absolutely perfect secretary' to fly-leaf, dated June 1935. Publisher's black cloth with green titles to spine and upper. With the dust-jacket illustrated in red by Roberts Johnson, priced at 7/6. Some spotting to edges and preliminaries. Jacket quite heavily browned to spine, with light chipping and handling to edges. Very good. Publisher's catalogue dated Summer 1935. 12) Pelican Row, FIRST EDITION, an ADVANCE COPY, pp.288 [48]. With the publisher's compliments slip loose to preliminaries. Publisher's black cloth with yellow titles to spine and upper. Spotting to edges and preliminaries. Light rubbing and marking to cloth. Very good. Publisher's catalogue dated Autumn 1935. 13) Scar 77, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.[8] 311 [1]. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf, dated May 1936. Publisher's blue cloth with yellow titles to spine. With the colour-illustrated dust-jacket, priced at 7/6. Spotting to edges. Light handling to jacket, with some rubbing and a couple of small closed tears to edges. Near fine. Dated 1936. 14) The K Code Plan, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.320. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf, dated Christmas 1937. Additionally SIGNED in black ink to title page. Also with an autograph letter in black ink on a single sheet of paper, from the author to 'My Dear Skeggs,' introducing the new book ahead of publication, and mentioning the projected publication of his book on Machine Guns with Macmillan. Loose to preliminaries. Publisher's pink cloth with white titles to spine. With the colour-illustrated dust-jacket, priced at 7/6. Some toning and spotting to edges, endpapers and preliminaries. Slight toning to cloth spine. Jacket sunned to spine, with a large closed tear and some creasing to head. Very light wear and handling to jacket otherwise; a lovely clean example. Very good. Dated 1938. 15) According to Plan, INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, pp.xiv; 302. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to Norah Skeggs, to fly-leaf, dated December 1938. Publisher's brown cloth with white titles to spine. A little toning to edges. Light rubbing to cloth; spine slightly sunned. Very good. Dated 1938. 16) The Red Colonel, FIRST EDITION. pp.192. Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine. With the colour-illustrated dust-jacket, priced at 9/6. Light toning and spotting to edges. Jacket slightly sunned to spine, with rubbing, light chipping, and a few minor closed to edges. Very good. Not dated. Superficially similar to fellow Scot and thriller-writer John Buchan, Hutchison developed an increasingly extreme Fascist political ideology during the 1930's, having established close contacts with the Nazi party in Germany. Uncompromising in his understanding of martial virtue, being infamous for using machine guns to drive his own troops on to certain death on the Western Front, Hutchison greatly admired the work of Hitler's favourite author Ernst Jünger, and exchanged letters with him sharing memories of the Great War. His first novel 'The W Plan' was extremely popular, leading to a series of sequels featuring Colonel Duncan Grant, as well as other fiction published during the 1930's. Despite this success he shifted his attention towards politics in the mid 30's, represented here by 'Arya' and 'Challenge!' Written with frenzied ardour, these had a much narrower appeal, and advocated radical reform of both Parliamentary Democracy and the constitutional make-up of the entire British Empire along National Socialist lines. In this period he also had correspondence with the poet and advocate of the 'Social Credit' theory, Ezra Pound, before becoming disillusioned with Nazi Germany following the breaking of the Munich Agreement in 1939. Later he drifted towards advocacy of Scottish independence, though he died before he could articulate this in detail. Hutchison is of course a highly controversial figure today, and his books are rare, especially signed. Historically he should be considered part of the abortive 'Neo Tory' movement, as identified in a recent article on Unherd.com, and as-such his political thought remains largely forgotten in the wider history of British politics. This collection originally belonged to a family friend and some-time secretary to Hutchison, Norah Skeggs. According to the letters and inscriptions she appears to have begun typing his books via dictation in 1933, continuing through 1934 and most of 1935, in some cases producing an entire book in a matter of weeks. Hutchison gifted her later impressions of some of his earlier books, including 'The W Plan,' but all the books she worked on, and several in the following years, are present in first edition with a warm inscription. Item #58580

BOWD, Gavin, 'Fascist Scotland: Caledonia and the Far Right' (Edinburgh 2013); see also unherd.com/2020/11/the-tories-against-democracy/.

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