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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
NOWARRA (H.J) and K.S. BROWN: Von Richthofen and the Flying Circus. The Life and Death of Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen and the History of the Richthofen Jagdeschwader. IN THE d/w
Harleyford, Letchworth, 1958 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs and illustrations throughout; red cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w, the latter chipped and frayed with minor loss at head and tasil of backstrip. Scarce in this condition. Enser, p.301 (Book ref. 19064) £58.00
McCart (N): The Illustrious and Implacable Classes of Aircraft Carrier 1940-1969
Fan Publications, Cheltenham, [2000] Sm. 4to., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, illustrated title, very numerous monochrome photographs throughout and illustrated endpapers cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped d/w. Covers the six fleet carriers of these two classes: Formidable, Illustrious, Implacable, Indefatigable, Indomitable and Victorious. Includes detailed career histories, lists of COs, badges and battle honours. (Book ref. 19046) £68.00
WWII. WAR ARTISTS. KNIGHT (L), BEATON (C), COLDSTREAM (W) and SPENDER (S), intros.: War Pictures by British Artists. Series II [complete set, comprising 'Women', 'Production', 'Soldiers' and 'Air Raids']. NEAR FINE SET IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS
Oxford University Press, 1943 4 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with 194 toned full-page illustrations in the text; original pictorial wrappers, backstrips very lightly browned else a near fine set. No.1: Women; No. 2: Production; No. 3: Soldiers; No. 4: Air Raids. Complete set of the second series with fine reproductions of paintings, drawings and sketches by virtually all Britain's leading war artists. The contributors naturally featured many of the most eminent artists of the period including (among many others) Ardizzone, Bawden, Bone, Kennington, Moore, Nash, Piper, Ravilious, Rothenstein, Spencer, Sutherland, Topolski and Worsley. The first series (dealing primarily with the fighting forces) was published in the preceding year. Uncommon as a set and especially in this condition. (Book ref. 18987) £120.00
WHITTLE (F), Sir.: Jet. [The Story of a Pioneer]. FIRST EDITION IN PAPERBACK
Pan, [1957] Sm. 8vo., First Paperback Edition, with 13 plates on 8, fore-edges lightly tanning as usual; original pictorial wrappers, an unusually bright, clean copy. Whittle's aviation classic was first published in 1953. Pan Giant X15. Very scarce in anything like this condition. (Book ref. 19000) £42.00
WATSON (P). PARLOUR (S) and A. PARLOUR, eds.: Tiger Moths to Typhoons. The Story of a World War Two Fighter Pilot. Edited bu Sue and Andy Parlour. SIGNED BY THE EDITORS
Ten Bells Publishing, [St.Osyth, 2000] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 9 plates on 4; original photographic wrappers, a fine copy. SIGNED BY THE EDITORS ON TITLE. Includes an appendix on Typhoon variants. (Book ref. 19028) £18.00
ALCOCK (J), Sir and Sir A.W. BROWN. ALCOCK (J), Capt., intro.: Our Transatlantic Flight. With an Introduction by Captain John Alcock. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Kimber, [1969] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates; blue cloth, gilt back, blue top, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Scarce in this condition (Book ref. 18991) £40.00
DEMOULIN (C).: Firebirds! Flying the Typhoon in Action. [First English Edition]
Airlife, [Shrewsbury, 1987] 8vo., First English Edition; red cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. A Belgian pilot tells of his experiences with the RAF in WWII. The French edition was published in 1982. (Book ref. 18962) £7.00
RUDEL (H.U): Stuka Pilot. [Fifth Edition]. IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Euphorion Books, Dublin, [1954] 8vo., Fifth Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and plates; cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very lightly creased and frayed at extremities. Published two years after the first edition. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition. Enser p.184 (recording the first edition). (Book ref. 18876) £90.00
HAMLIN (J.F).: Flat Out. The Story of 30 Squadron Royal Air Force. [Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire].
[Air-Britain (Historians), Tunbridge Wells, 2002] Sm. folio, First Edition, with very numerous coloured and monochrome photographs throughout; original laminated pictorial boards, a near fine copy. This outstanding history covers over eight decades of continuous service by one of the RAF's most famous squadrons. With numerous detailed appendices relating to actions, aircraft and personnel. Scarce. (Book ref. 18755) £34.00
MORGAN (E.B) and E. SHACKLADY: Spitfire. The History
Guild, [1988] Sm. folio, with many hundreds of photographs and detailed drawings in the text, and fine coloured pictorial endpapers illustrating 140 variants of the aircraft, page edges browning slightly as often; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped d/w. With a bookplate on front paste-down. Morgan and Shacklady's definitive history of the most famous fighter in aviation history. was more than twenty years in the making. It constitutes a massive bank of information including rare photographs, detailed technical drawings and operational data on more than 22,500 individual aircraft (Book ref. 18697) £88.00
HOSEK (T).: Grumman JF Duck. Mini in Action. Color by Don Greer. Illustrated by Joe Sewell. Mini Number 7
Squadron/Signal Publications, [Carrollton TX, 1996] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs and illustrations in the text, and 2pp of colour plates; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Mini Number 7. (Book ref. 18647) £14.00
HOLMES (H).: Avro. The Story of Manchester's Aircraft Company
[Neil Richardson, 1993] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs in the text, moderate underlining throughout; original photographic wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, wrappers lightly age-soiled else a good copy. (Book ref. 18602) £10.00
WARRILOW (B).: Nabob. The First Canadian-Manned Aircraft Carrier. IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Escort Carriers Association, [Ontario, 1989] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs and facsimiles throughout, and photographic endpapers; blue cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in silver, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very lightly sunned at backstrip. HMS Nabob was a Ruler-class escort carrier, and the first carrier to be manned entirely by the RCN. Very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 18574) £110.00
POWER (C.G): The RCAF {Royal Canadian Air Force] Overseas. The First Four Years. IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1944 8vo., First Edition, with plates; cloth, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter mildly frayed and creased at edges (Book ref. 18539) £40.00
LINDBERGH (C.A): The Spirit of St. Louis [First UK Edition]
John Murray, [1953] 8vo., First UK Edition, with plates and diagrams in the text; cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w. (Book ref. 18454) £48.00
GRIERSON (J): Air Whaler
Sampson Low Marston & Co., [1949] 8vo., First Edition, with plates; blue cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy. An interesting account of a season whaling in the Antarctic, and of the first serious attempt to use aeroplanes for whaling. A minor classic of maritime aviation. Scarce. Spence 536. (Book ref. 18457) £36.00
UNKEFER (D).: Gray Eagles. [First UK Edition]
Macmillan, [1986] 8vo., First UK Edition; blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter with one or two short closed tears. The author's first novel. The UK edition was published a year after the US [first] edition. (Book ref. 18401) £10.00
BOWYER (C).: Bomber Group at War [RAF No. 5 Group]
Ian Allan, [Shepperton, 1981] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs and illustrations throughout, black cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w. Well-illustrated pictorial history of the RAF's most publicised Bomber Group. Enser, p.30. (Book ref. 18269) £14.00
WYNDHAM (L.A): The Airposts of South Africa. THE ORIGINAL EDITION
Cape Town Times, Cape Town, 1936 8vo., First Edition, with 26 plates; original blue cloth, a very good, clean copy. With personal bookplate and inscription on front endpapers. Describes the airmail component of the South African Postal Service. The first edition is scarce. (Book ref. 18247) £40.00
WOOD (D) and D. DEMPSTER.: The Narrow Margin. The Battle of Britain and the Rise of Air Power 1930-1940. [Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Pike]. [First US Edition]
McGraw-Hill, New York NY, [1961] 8vo., First US Edition, with 57 plates on 16, and 12 full-page aircraft profiles and 8 maps in the text; blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter mildly dust-soiled and chipped with minor loss at head and tail of backstrip. Arguably the best and most comprehensive of the early studies of the battle, this important work was first published by Hutchinson in 1961. This edition was published simultaneously, retaining all the plates, maps and statistical appendices. Scarce in this condition. Enser, p.87 (recording the Hutchinson edition). (Book ref. 18231) £36.00