First published as a serialization in Cosmopolitan April, May and June 1923.

First published in book-form by Putnam in New York in January 1924.

Hutchinson published its edition under the title PERILOUS WOMEN in London, with ads at the rear marked "Autumn, 1924."

The Hutchinson edition collects two stories: THE GARDEN OF PERIL under a different name, PERILOUS WOMEN, followed by DALLA THE LION-CUB .

Sunset Magazine produced a review in May 1924.

Putnam first edition in original DJ, with and without flash

Facsimile Putnam DJ over original DJ, with and without flash

Putnam first edition, with and without flash

Facsimile dust jacket, Putnam

Slightly alternative Putnam cloth binding, with and without flash.

Hutchinson first edition

A Hutchinson reprint with original dust jacket, not in my collection

The images below are from the serialization in Cosmopolitan, and I also have included images of some of the original oil paintings.

Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960)

"'Gad,' said Heseltine to Peril, 'If the doctor can only keep me going long enough,'" The Garden of Peril, Cosmopolitan Magazine interior illustration, April 1923

Oil on canvas

36 x 30 inches (91.4 x 76.2 cm)

Signed and dated lower right: Dean / Corn / Well 23



American Illustrators Gallery, New York;

Acquired by the present owner from the above.


Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, "Selections from the Sordoni Collection: American Illustration & Comic Art," April 7-May 20, 2018.


C. Stockley, "The Garden of Peril," Cosmopolitan, New York, April 1923, p. 23, illustrated;

C. Stockley, The Garden of Peril: A Story of the African Veld, New York, 1924, p. 19, illustrated;

P.J. Broder, Dean Cornwell: The Dean of Illustrators, New York, 1978, p. 48, illustrated;

S.I. Grand, Selections from the Sordoni Collection: American Illustration & Comic Art, exhibition catalogue, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 2018, pp. 28-29, 135, no. 7, 10, illustrated.

DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960)

The Garden of Peril, Cosmopolitan illustration, [May] 1923

Oil on canvas

35 x 30 in.

Signed lower left

This dramatically composed piece appeared as an illustration in Cynthia Stockley's story, The Garden of Peril.

"'What on earth Doria!," cried Pam. It was as if the sound of his voice struck her like lightning."


The Society of Illustrators, New York, September 2001 (label verso).

From the Estate of Charles Martignette.