Collins Seagull Library
The Children's Press
Index to the Boys Series

This is a first attempt to identify the books that appeared in the Seagull Boys Library series. As always if you have any further information on titles, dates, other editions, or better scans I would be delighted to hear from you.

This index is ordered by author's surname - where applicable / known I have annotated the other story papers for which they wrote.

AUTHOR
TITLE
DATE

None The Arabian Nights
(laminate cover)
1967
None King Arthur and his Knights
1964
Appleton, Victor
The Big Snake Hunters
1954

Appleton, Victor

The Desert of Mystery

NOTE: The 1st edition (1953) was without pictures, whilst a later, undated version, had a black & white frontispiece.

1953
Ball, Zachary
Joe Panther
1963
Ball, Zachary
North to Abilene
1960

Ballantyne, R(obert) M(ichael

Born Edinburgh 1825 - died Rome 1880

Contributed stories to the Boys Own Paper and Union Jack

The Coral Island

Note: This is one of the Queens Library series.

1958

Ballantyne, R(obert) M(ichael

Born Edinburgh 1825 - died Rome 1880

Contributed stories to the Boys Own Paper and Union Jack


The Coral Island
nd

Ballantyne, R(obert) M(ichael

Born Edinburgh 1825 - died Rome 1880

Contributed stories to the Boys Own Paper and Union Jack


Martin Rattler
1955

Bartimeus
(Capt. Lewis Titchie)
Under Sealed Orders
1953
Bartimeus
(Capt. Lewis Titchie)

Under Sealed Orders

Note: This is one of the Queens Library series.

1958

Borg, Jack

Contributed stories to the Western Library

Cherokee Trail

Synopsis: Deported to the colonies during the Jacobite rebellion - 1746. Escaping penal servitude learn of an Indian uprising and the adventures that ensue in the backwoods of Virginia.

1958

Borg, Jack

Contributed stories to the Western Library

The Trail Drivers
??
Boyd, Edward

Introducing Wanderlust Brown

NOTE: The Wanderlust series first printed in the Collins Junior Mystery Library in 1947/8.

1953

Boyd, Edward
Wanderlust Brown Goes South
1953

Boyd, Edward
Wanderlust’s Third Innings
1953

Bridges, T(homas).C(harles)

Born France 1868 - died Torquay June 1944

Pen names: Christopher Beck, Tom Bridges

Contributed to Modern Boy, Champion, Magnet, Thriller, Union Jack and more

The Hidden City
1949

Bridges, T(homas).C(harles)

Born France 1868 - died Torquay June 1944

Pen names: Christopher Beck, Tom Bridges

Contributed to Modern Boy, Champion, Magnet, Thriller, Union Jack and more

Men of the Mist

Synopsis: Adventures of two brothers amongst the exciting background of Indian, bears, dinosaurs, and the forces of Nature.

1st printing 1947

1949

Bridges, T(homas).C(harles)

Born France 1868 - died Torquay June 1944

Pen names: Christopher Beck, Tom Bridges

Contributed to Modern Boy, Champion, Magnet, Thriller, Union Jack and more

Wings of Adventure

Synopsis: 17yr old Billy ("keen as mustard you know") and Prof. Cottle fly to S. America in plane lent to Billy by HM Gov. to foil civil war. In doing so find ancient city (and inhabitants). Obviously written at a much earlier time.

This book is NOT politically correct.

nd
Bright, M.A(ddison). African Pursuit
1949
Brookes, O M

The Diamond Smugglers

Synopsis: Two youngsters solve the mystery concerning the traffic of illegal diamonds (Napier, New Zealand).

1965

Catherall, Arthur

Pen-name: Peter Hallard

Contributed to: Sports Budget, Chums Annual, Scout, Startler, Boys Favourite, Adventure, Rover, Pioneer

Pirate Sealer

Synopsis: Two British seamen forced to take part in a nefarious illegal sealing operation in the White Sea (North Pole).

Cover by Derek Eyles.

1952?

Catherall, Arthur

Pen-name: Peter Hallard

Contributed to: Sports Budget, Chums Annual, Scout, Startler, Boys Favourite, Adventure, Rover, Pioneer


Shanghaied!

Synopsis: Spoilt youngster is tricked into spending 4 weeks on his grandfathers trawler; which changes his outlook and character (North Sea).

Cover and frontis by Derek Eyles.

1959

Catherall, Arthur

Pen-name: Peter Hallard

Contributed to: Sports Budget, Chums Annual, Scout, Startler, Boys Favourite, Adventure, Rover, Pioneer


Shanghaied!
1967

Catherall, Arthur

Pen-name: Peter Hallard

Contributed to: Sports Budget, Chums Annual, Scout, Startler, Boys Favourite, Adventure, Rover, Pioneer


The River of Burning Sand

Synopsis: A story of British superiority pitted against a most diabolically clever (Japanese) brain. Set in Burma.

Note: First published by Collins in 1947 as part of another series.

1953
Channel, A.R.
Phantom Patrol
1940s
Channel, A.R.
The Fighting Four
1960
Channel, A.R.
Operation V2
1961
Channel, A.R.
The Forgotten Patrol
1962
Channel, A.R.
The Tunnel Busters
1963
Channel, A.R.
Mission Accomplished
1964

Cleaver, Hylton (Reginald)

Born London 1891 - died London 1961

Pen-name: Reginald Crunden

Contributed to: Boys Own Paper, Modern Boy, Chums, Film Fun, Captain

The Forbidden Study
??

Collins, Erroll

pen-name of Ellen Edith Hannah Redknap

Contributed to: Boys Own Paper, and Flag Library

African Pursuit
1949

Collins, Erroll

pen-name of Ellen Edith Hannah Redknap

Contributed to: Boys Own Paper, and Flag Library

The Black Dwarf of Mongolia
1949
Crisp, Frank
The Rogues of Alwyn
(
first published as The Weird Archer)
1965

Cross, John Keir
Blackadder
1961

Defoe, Daniel

Born 1660 - died 1732

An original story (1st) was published in the Union Jack

Robinson Crusoe

Synopsis: Man castaway away alone on a desert island - and no gramaphone records!

1947

Defoe, Daniel

Born 1660 - died 1732

An original story (1st) was published in the Union Jack

Robinson Crusoe

1956
Downie, James M.

The Yellow Raiders

Synopsis: Young pearler and chums confronts evil Chinese gangsters and Aborigines (Australia).

This book is NOT politically correct.

Cover and frontis by Derek Eyles.

nd
Dumas, Alexander
The Three Musketeers
(laminated cover)
1968

Edwards, Laurence
Island of Secrets
1965
Edwards, Laurence
Island of Secrets
(laminated cover)
1968

Evans, Admiral G.R.E.R.

Real name: Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell R.N.

Contributed to: Chums, Modern Boy, Chums Annual

Under Sealed Orders

Evans, Admiral G.R.E.R.

Real name: Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell R.N.

Contributed to: Chums, Modern Boy, Chums Annual

For the White Cockade
Fraser, Conon
The Scoter Island Mystery
1959
Garnett, Henry

Gamble for a Throne

Synopsis: 1655 and England is trying to throw off the yoke of Cromwell's Roundheads. Rousing story of a Cavalier family upto Penruddock's Rising, and the restoration of Charles Stuart.

Cover and illustrations by Peter Jackson.

 

1962
Gibson, Charles
The Secret Tunnel
1962
Gibson, Charles
The Secret Tunnel
(laminated cover)
1970
Gibson, Michael
The Wreckers of Pengarth
nd
Gilbert, Kenneth

Wolf Dog Valley

NOTE: Part of the Famous Dog Stories sub-series


Gilson, Major Charles

Robin of Sherwood

Synopsis: Life and times of Robin of Locksley.

NOTE: The 1946 version contains 8 coloured plates taken from the Errol Flynn film and is copiously illustrated in black & white.

1946
Gilson, Major Charles

Robin of Sherwood

The Crusader Series edition with dustwrapper and colour frontis by Horowitz. First published in this series in 1946, with b&w illustrations.

1958
Gilson, Major Charles

Adventures of Robin Hood

First published as Robin of Sherwood in this series, but no coloured plates and no b&w illustrations..

1964?

Goodyear, R(obert). A(rthur). H(ansen).

Born: Barnsley 1877 - died SCarborough 1948

Contributed to: British Boy, Nugget, Pluck, Boys Friend Weekly, Best for Boys, Nugget Library, Lots-o-Fun

The White House Boys
nd
Goodyer, H.J.
Perilous Dawn

Goodyer, H.J.
Secret of the Forest
1965

Gray, Berkeley

Real name: Edwy Searles Brooks

Contributed to: Thriller, Detective Weekly, Modern Boy, Sexton Blake Library (2nd series)

The Lost World of Everest

(Adapted from the series appearing in the Fleetway story paper Modern Boy nos. 432-435)

1941

Gray, Berkeley

Real name: Edwy Searles Brooks

Contributed to: Thriller, Detective Weekly, Modern Boy, Sexton Blake Library (2nd series)

The Lost World of Everest

As above - laminate cover

1968?
Guy, David

The Jungle Fighters

Synopsis: Plucky youngster kidnapped by mistake in the Naga Hills, India. Not as bad as it sounds.

This book is NOT politically correct.

1960
Hardcastle, Michael

Redcap
(laminated cover)

Based on the BBC TV series

1968
Harris, Ray
Adventures of Turkey
nd
Harris, Ray
The Opal Seekers
nd

Hayens, Herbert

Born: 1861

Contributed to: Captain, Boys Own Paper

Play Up, Eagles

Part of a series of "Play up" titles including "Swifts", "Kings" etc

1940s

Henty, G.A.

Born: 1831

Contributed to: Chums, Young England, Boys, Boys Own Paper and many more

One of the 28th
1955
Hinkle, Thomas C.

Gray: The Story of a Brave Dog

NOTE: Part of the Famous Dog Stories sub-series

Hinkle, Thomas C.

Tan

NOTE: Part of the Famous Dog Stories sub-series

Hinkle, Thomas C.

Black Tiger

Synopsis: A deeply moving (yawn!) story of the bond between a wild horse (yawn - excuse me) and a man.

1957
Hofbauer, Imre & Kelly, Harold Monkey Goes Home
1949
Horton, Robert J.
Lennister of Blue Dome
Houghton, Leighton
Play Up, Barnley!
1964

Hughes, Thomas.

Born 1822 - died 1896

Tom Brown's Schooldays
(laminate cover)
1969
Icenhower, Joseph B.
The Scarlet Raider
1964
Ingram, Rev. J. H.
Prince of the House of David
1949
Jeffries, Jeff
7th Cavalry
1959
Jeffries, Jeff
7th Cavalry
(laminated cover)
1965
Jeffries, Jeff

The Fighting Marshall

Synopsis: Life and times of Wyatt Earp.

Cover and frontis by "R.H."

1960
Jeffries, Jeff

Davy Crocket, Frontiersman

Synopsis: The life and times of Davy Crockett.

Cover and interior spot art by Ron Embleton.

1956
Jeffries, Jeff

Remember the Alamo!
(first published as Davy Crockett, Frontiersman in this series)

Synopsis: The life and times of Davy Crockett. Exactly the same as above, except no Embleton artwork.

1959
Johnson, Edwin
The Devil of Bruges
1968
Johnson, Edwin
The End of Project 38
1963
Johnson, Edwin
The Flashing Mountain
1964
Johnson, Edwin
The End of the Crooked Cross
1967
Jorgensen, Nels
Smoke Jumpers
nd
Kendall, K.

South from 'Frisco

Synopsis: Circa-1860, young nephew works on uncle's trading schooner amongst the islands of the Pacific. Canibals, pirates etc. Good stuff.

This book is NOT politically correct.

1963
Lathrop, West

Jet, Sled Dog of the North

NOTE: Part of the Famous Dog Stories sub-series

Le Gallienne, Richard

Pieces of Eight

Synopsis: Great story - searching for buried treasure in the Bahamas.

This book is NOT politically correct.

1954
Lucas, S. Bereford
The Mysterious Airport
nd

Lyons, R(onald).S(amuel).

Born London 1904

Contributed to: Scout and Comet

The School in the Skies


MacDonald, George At the Back of the North Wind
1958

MacNell, James
Captain Mettle V.C.
nd

MacNell, James
Mettle Dives Deep
nd
MacNell, James
Mettle at Woomera
nd
Mapple, James
The Port Meriel Mystery

Mapple, James
The Carne Cross Mystery
1965
Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

Synopsis: This is a whale of a book!

1955
Mombray, John
The Radio Mystery
1949
Mounstevens, Admiral Lord

South with Scott

Photographs by Herbert Ponting

1949
O'Brien, Jack

Spike of Swift River

NOTE: Part of the Famous Dog Stories sub-series

1957

O'Brien, Jack

Silver Chief "Dog of the North"

NOTE: Part of the Famous Dog Stories sub-series.

First of a series of Silver Chief books by O'Brien including: "Return of SC", "SC's Revenge" and "SC to the Rescue".

1958
Peyton, K.M.
North to Adventure
1968?
Peyton, K.M.
Stormcock meets Trouble
1970
Rieseberg, Lt. Harry E.
My Compass Points to Treasure
1962

Robb, John
Kit Carson, War Scout
1962
Robb, John

Gun Town Marshall

Synopsis: Just after the US Civil War a town is terrorized by outlaws - send for Catsfoot!

1959
Robb, John

Gun Town Marshall

Synopsis: Just after the US Civil War a town is terrorized by outlaws - send for Catsfoot!

1968
Robb, John
Cry Apaches!

Robb, John
Cry Apaches!
(laminate cover)
1968
Robb, John
Wells Fargo
(dustwrapper version)
1961
Robb, John

Wells Fargo
(laminate cover version)

Same as above

1969
Robb, John
The Rimfire Riders
(dustwrapper version)
1967
Robb, John
The Rimfire Riders
(laminate cover)
1968

Robertson, Frank C(hester)

Born 1890

Contributed to: Western Library

The Young Range Rider
(
first published as The Young Nighthawk)

Synopsis: 14 year olds holiday on Idaho ranch comes to abrupt end when brother breaks both legs, and he has to do the work!


Robertson, Frank C(hester)

Born 1890

Contributed to: Western Library

Where Desert Blizzards Blow

Synopsis: 14 year olds father breaks leg, and suddenly son and indian friend have to herd the cattle for the winter! Good yarn.

1967

Robertson, Frank C(hester)

Born 1890

Contributed to: Western Library


The Sagebrush Sorrel
1966
Robertson, Wilfred

Coaster’s Mate

Synopsis: Circa 1949 two British sailors defeat contraband rum smugglers on East African coast.

This book is NOT politically correct.

1961
Robertson, Wilfred

Coaster’s Mate
(laminate cover)

1968
Robertson, Wilfred
Safari
1961
Robertson, Wilfred
The Lost Gold Bars
1965
Robinson, J Gordon

Wings Beyond Rio

Synopsis: Circa 1949 two British flyers defeat a South American uprising.

This book is NOT politically correct.

1957
Spiller, Burton
The Young Crusoes
1960

Stevenson, R. L.

Born Edinburgh 1850 - died Samoa 1894

Pen name: Captain George North

Contributed to: Cheer, Boys, Union Jack, Chums, Young Folks, Nuggets

Kidnapped
1956

Stevenson, R. L.

Born Edinburgh 1850 - died Samoa 1894

Pen name: Captain George North

Contributed to: Cheer, Boys, Union Jack, Chums, Young Folks, Nuggets

Kidnapped
(laminate cover)
1968

Stevenson, R. L.

Born Edinburgh 1850 - died Samoa 1894

Pen name: Captain George North

Contributed to: Cheer, Boys, Union Jack, Chums, Young Folks, Nuggets

Treasure Island

Illustrated by Monroe S. Orr

1948

Stevenson, R. L.

Born Edinburgh 1850 - died Samoa 1894

Pen name: Captain George North

Contributed to: Cheer, Boys, Union Jack, Chums, Young Folks, Nuggets

Treasure Island
(laminate cover)

1974
Styles, Showell
Tiger Patrol
(dustwrapper version)
1966
Styles, Showell
Tiger Patrol
(laminate cover)
1970
Styles, Showell
Tiger Patrol Presses On
1961
Swift, Jonathan
Gullivers Travels
1963
Twain, Mark
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1959
Twain, Mark
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
(laminate cover)
1974
Verill, A.H.
Carib Gold
1955?

Verne, Jules

Born Nantes (France) 1828 - died 1905

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1955

Verne, Jules

Born Nantes (France) 1828 - died 1905

Round the World in Eighty Days

1957

Westerman, J.F.C

Contributed to: Boys Own Paper and Chums

John Wentley Takes Charge
1952

Westerman, J.F.C

Contributed to: Boys Own Paper and Chums

John Wentley Wins Through
1953

Westerman, J.F.C

Contributed to: Boys Own Paper and Chums

John Wentley Investigates
1953

Wood, Andrew (Samuel)

Contributed to: Thriller, Captain, Chums, Scout, Merry Moments, Joe Pickford Library

Enemy in Sight
nd

Wood, Andrew (Samuel)

Contributed to: Thriller, Captain, Chums, Scout, Merry Moments, Joe Pickford Library


Blackbird Patrol
nd
Wyss, Johann
Swiss Family Robinson
1954
Wyss, Johann
Swiss Family Robinson
1965








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