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THE STOLEN CIPHER by "Sea Lion" 1959 HCDJ Captain Geoffrey Martin Bennett
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CC* vintage condition: see seller's notes

23 Jul, 2014 13:36:19 BST
AU $19.99
Approximately £11.28(including postage)
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Gympie, Queensland, Australia


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Seller notes: CC* vintage condition: see seller's notes





Juvenile Fiction; adventure; Royal navy

Special Attributes:

1st Edition, Dust Jacket, Illustrated

Year Printed:

1959 estimate


Hardcover w/Jacket

Publication Year:

1959 estimate


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vintage collectable item:


by "Sea Lion"

a Peter, Snub and Carol story

hardcover with jacket


A secret cipher is stolen from the Royal Navy’s headquarters … Naval Lieutenants Snub and Peter stumble on a dastardly plot to destroy the fleet flagship;  and they have to rescue Snub’s actress sister, Carol, from  a revolutionary mob in Lopa.  


Published by Hutchinson London;  no date, estimate 1959;  hardcover with jacket;  blue boards with gilt titles on spine and front;  b/w frontispiece and seven in-text b/w illustrations.


Book condition:  CC*  vintage condition;  presentation written on inside front cover dated 1959;  blue boards exterior excellent having been protected by the jacket;  foxing at prelims and extremities;  paper yellowed with age;   

*Please see "seller’s condition rating for vintage books" at end of this listing to help evaluate book’s condition.


Jacket condition:    minor chipping along edges;  some small repaired tears;  price-clipped.


Bonus item!    Provided with a new clear removable archival cover, to protect the jacket and the book.



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19 x 13 cm






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* Seller’s Condition rating for vintage and collectable books: 


*AA down to *BB – cover and pages are mostly clean and unmarked. There may be some minor rubbing or minimal creasing on spine. Binding is tight.   No apparent writing or scribbling.   Some older books may have page yellowing or browning.  Excellent collectable quality.   

*CC – cover and pages may have minor marks, blemishes and/or creasing. There may be some rubbing or creasing on spine. All pages are intact and binding is tight.   Previous owner’s name or gift inscription may be written and/or covered by bookplate.    Some older books may have age yellowing, browning and foxing.   Still very good collectable quality. 

*DD – visible signs that the book has had good pre-loved life. Cover, pages and spine will have noticeable marks, blemishes and or creasing, including writing on front or back pages.   Endpapers may have been removed.   Pages may be browned and foxed.

*EE significant visible signs of wear and tear.    There may be writing or scribbling within the text.  Pages may be loose or torn. Cover, pages and or spine will have major noticeable marks, blemishes and or creasing.


*FF:- There may be missing pages, tears or other significant defects as noted.   Binding may be loose or have parts missing. Books are only sold in FF condition due to scarcity or are highly collectable.


Captain Geoffrey Martin Bennett DSC, FRHS (1908–1983) was a British Royal Navy officer and author.    At the end of World War II he published his first novel Phantom Fleet, a naval yarn under the pseudonym Sea Lion; as a serving officer he could not use his own name.    Over the next two decades he produced about twenty such novels for both adults and children and also wrote a number of radio plays for the BBC.    After retiring he published under his own name studies of the main battles of both world wars and Nelson, also a biography of Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, Charlie B and Cowan's War

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