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  1. 116292

    Over to You.

    10 Stories of Flyers and Flying.
    First UK edition, first impression, preceded in the same year by the US edition. A collection of stories based on Dahl’s experiences in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Over to You was Dahl’s second book, his first of short stories and his first for adults. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116292

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  2. 116107

    The Blue Max.

    A Novel of the German Air Force in World War I.
    First edition, first printing. This novel is the source for the 1966 war film by the same name- a box-office hit that Peter Jackson named as one of the top six First World War films of all time. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116107

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  3. 116023
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    The Problem aof Manflight.

    First edition, first printing, rare presentation copy inscribed, "H. L. Mason, esq, with the regards of James Means" to the front wrapper. James Means was an industrialist from Dorchester MA who left his shoe manufacturing business to focus on the new and exciting field of aviation. He published the Aeronautical Annuals of 1895-7 with the hopes that the material printed there would inspire others to investigate and advance the field. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: Boston, Mass

    Stock Code: 116023

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.
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    Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.

    Technical Trends Series.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Clarke's first book inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Frank Richards, with best wishes, Arthur C. Clarke, Oct ‘51". Very scarce signed and in such superb condition. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114544

    Signed: Yes

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  5. The Spirit of St. Louis.
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    The Spirit of St. Louis.

    First edition, first printing, one of a handful of pre-publication presentation copies, inscribed on the title page, "To Sheldon and Edith Yates, with best wishes from Charles, August, 1953. Publication date is Sept. 14th". Edith [Morrow] Yates was Anne Morrow Lindbergh's maternal aunt. The Spirit of St. Louis is Lindbergh's most famous book, containing the account of his record-breaking solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113789

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Drama in Malta.
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    Drama in Malta.

    (A Personal Flash-back).
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front fre endpaper: "To Brigadier Edwards hoping that this may recall some memories, with best wishes from Koko Weldon, 24 August 46"; also with a couple of biro corrections to the errata slip (pasted to verso of Author's Note), the Index and correcting the titles of chapters VII and VIII. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: Germany

    Stock Code: 113606

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.

    Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.

    King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, was opened in 1981, and was the first airport in the world to contain a Hajj terminal specifically for Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca. It was designed by the noted Bangladeshi-American engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan, and was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983 chiefly for its innovative tent-like roofing system. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: [1981]

    Published: Riyadh

    Stock Code: 113447

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  8. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War II, concluding with combat duty in India and Burma. The miniature format photographs are largely scenes on or around the unit's base in India, and although small reveal considerable detail when viewed under a lens. The larger images include Shew and his colleague Ed Ward in their P-47 Thunderbolt "Dumbo", annotated verso including a note explaining how Ward ended up "marooned" in Agra after he struck a vulture. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1943

    Published:

    Stock Code: 113374

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  9. Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

    Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with no other copy traced institutionally or in commerce. A rather clumsy and fragile production, but the content is excellent, offering a fine visual record of the unit from formation at Fort Benning through war services in North Africa, the Sicily landings, Salerno, D-Day, and Arnhem to the end of hostilities in Cologne, with brief anecdotal accounts at each stage. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: c.1946

    Published: ?Fort Bragg

    Stock Code: 113361

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  10. Drama in Malta.

    Drama in Malta.

    (A Personal Flash-back).
    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC offering just 6 locations including one record which seems to relate to a variant issue published by Gale & Polden in Aldershot. "Weldon's account of his service in Malta, 1939-1943, based on notes made at the time, printed by Printing and Stationery Service, British Army of the Rhine, [1945]" (King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, web-site). Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: Germany

    Stock Code: 112767

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  11. Air of Glory.

    Air of Glory.

    A wartime scrapbook.
    First edition, first impression. Quite scarce in nice condition. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111742

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  12. Going Solo.
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    Going Solo.

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Dahl on the half title. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1986

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109371

    Signed: Yes

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  13. The Mint.

    The Mint.

    Notes made in the R.A.F. depot between August and December, 1922, and at Cadet College in 1925. Regrouped and copied in 1927 and 1928 at Aircraft Depot, Karachi.
    Second US edition, number 921 of 1,000 copies; issued simultaneously with the first UK edition, and preceded only by the 1936 edition of 50 copies, intended to establish copyright while preventing circulation: only ten of these were offered for sale, at the prohibitive price of $500,000. "One of Lawrence's avowed purposes in joining the RAF … was to write of the ranks from the inside. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109015

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  14. The Mint.

    The Mint.

    A Day-book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with Later Notes by 35207 A/C Ross.
    First UK edition, limited issue. One of 2,000 copies printed, this copy out of series and signed "Presentation" on the limitation page. This edition was preceded by the 1936 US edition, intended purely to establish copyright with only 50 copies printed and ten of these offered for sale, at the prohibitive price of $500,000. "One of Lawrence's avowed purposes in joining the RAF … was to write of the ranks from the inside. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109014

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  15. Commemorative letterpress scroll for Second Lieutenant Hugh Pater, West Yorkshire Regiment and RFC.
    signed

    Commemorative letterpress scroll for Second Lieutenant Hugh Pater, West Yorkshire Regiment and RFC.

    [mounted together with:] embroidered RFC “wings” and photograph of Second Lieutenant Hugh Pater (showing him in his uniform with regimental badges of the West Yorkshire regiment), contemporaneously framed and glazed by Wilfrid Coates, Sunderland (with his label).
    A very poignant memento from the Great War: the assemblage is accompanied by an autograph letter signed from Pater to his mother, written on the day of his death: "My dear Mother, I had my first "crash" on Monday ["today" scored through] in an R.E.8 smashing the propeller and taking a wheel off the undercarriage, so I shall not go to France till Friday at any rate. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: [1919]

    Published:

    Stock Code: 106445

    Signed: Yes

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  16. No. 27 Squadron in India and on the North-west Frontier - Miranshah, Karachi, Risalpur, &c.

    No. 27 Squadron in India and on the North-west Frontier - Miranshah, Karachi, Risalpur, &c.

    An unusual, and highly interesting album of high-quality photographs documenting the services of 27 Squadron RAF on North-west Frontier during the last years of the 1920s. The album contains numerous sharp and well-composed air-to-air images of the unit's Airco DH-9As and Westland Wapitiis over the spectacular frontier scenery around their main base of Miranshah - "My machine flying at Karachi", "Flying over the snow clad mountains over Rasmak", "Wapiti dropping food to Lhadu Column November 1929", "Bombing on the Frontier during operations in India during Summer 1930" - together with aerial views of the bases, camps, and forts of the region; formal and informal group portraits; a group of three aerial views of the four Supermarine Southampton II flying-boats, which constituted the RAF Far Eastern Flight, taken at Karachi on their way to Singapore from England; and a shot of Baron Koenig-Warthausen and his Klemm L. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: India

    Stock Code: 105521

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  17. Do You Want To Fly?

    Do You Want To Fly?

    First edition
    First edition, first printing, with the scarce jacket. A practical handbook for amateur pilots, by the "modern Marco Polo". Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: Shanghai

    Stock Code: 105042

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  18. Flying and Soldiering.
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    Flying and Soldiering.

    First Edition
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "J. R. Whitehead with the kind regards of the author, R. R. Money, Base Hospital, Beverley, 9.4.40". Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104596

    Signed: Yes

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  19. Night Flight.

    Night Flight.

    Translated by Stuart Gilbert.fd
    First English edition, first impression in second state binding. Saint-Exupéry's second novel, based on his experiences as a pilot for, and director of, the French air-mail company Aeropostale in Argentina. First published in French in 1931 as Vol de Nuit, it became an international best-seller, and won the 1931 Prix Femina, establishing Saint-Exupéry's literary reputation. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103377

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  20. Going Solo.
    signed

    Going Solo.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986". Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1986

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101866

    Signed: Yes

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