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  1. Per Ardua 1914-1918.
    New Arrival

    Per Ardua 1914-1918. c.1928]

    £225

    First edition, one of 250 copies printed for private circulation, of Baring’s poem celebrating the endeavours of the RFC during the First World War. Very scarce, with OCLC listing only 11 locations in libraries worldwide, and a fine copy. Baring joined the RFC at the …Read more

  2. The Mint.

    The Mint. 1955

    £200

    First UK trade edition, first impression. Together with a limited edition of 2,000 copies, this UK 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 …Read more

  3. The Viking Rocket Story.

    The Viking Rocket Story. 1955

    £1,500

    First edition, first printing, Viking Hall commemoration presentation copy from the library of NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr, signed by the author and head of the Viking Project, as well as by 12 other persons involved in the Viking project including J. Preston …Read more

  4. The Decision to Go to the Moon.

    The Decision to Go to the Moon. 1970

    £750

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed to NASA administrator Dr. Homer E Newell Jr. on the front free endpaper, “8/24/70, To Homer Newell, with Warm Regards, John Logsdon”. This book is very scarce inscribed, and superb with such an association. Dr Homer E. Newell …Read more

  5. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.

    Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites. 1958

    £475

    First edition, first printing, the author’s own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Scarce. This layman’s guide to rocket science, rocket warfare and the incipient space age comes from the library of the author, Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983). Newell …Read more

  6. Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.

    Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics. 1950

    £1,250

    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. Read more

  7. The Spirit of St. Louis.

    The Spirit of St. Louis. 1953

    £2,750

    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 …Read more

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

    Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport. [1981]

    £475

    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 …Read more

  9. Drama in Malta.

    Drama in Malta. 1946

    £250

    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 …Read more

  10. 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. 1943-5

    £300

    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 …Read more

  11. 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. c.1946

    £500

    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, …Read more

  12. Drama in Malta.

    Drama in Malta. 1945

    £50

    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 …Read more

  13. Air Power and Colonial Control: The Royal Air Force 1919-1939.

    Air Power and Colonial Control: The Royal Air Force 1919-1939. 1990

    £250

    First and only edition. An important study of the application and development of aerial Imperial Policing in Iraq in the 20s and its expansion to other theatres. Extremely uncommon. Read more

  14. Air of Glory.

    Air of Glory. 1941

    £475

    First edition, first impression. Quite scarce in nice condition. Read more

  15. Going Solo.

    Going Solo. 1986

    £1,000

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Dahl on the half title. Read more

  16. The Mint.

    The Mint. 1955

    £125

    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 …Read more

  17. The Mint.

    The Mint. 1955

    £150

    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 …Read more

  18. Squadrons Up!

    Squadrons Up! 1943

    £10

    An account of the operations of the RAF fighter squadrons of the Advanced Air Striking Force in France from September 1939 to June 1940. Reprint; it was first published in 1940. The publisher’s file copy, with their stamp to the jacket front panel, and front …Read more

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

    Commemorative letterpress scroll for Second Lieutenant Hugh Pater, West Yorkshire Regiment and RFC. [1919]

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  20. 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. 1927-30

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  21. Do You Want To Fly?

    Do You Want To Fly? 1931

    £675

    First edition, first printing, with the scarce jacket. A practical handbook for amateur pilots, by the “modern Marco Polo”. Read more

  22. Flying and Soldiering.

    Flying and Soldiering. 1936

    £125

    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”. Read more

  23. Night Flight.

    Night Flight. 1932

    £975

    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, …Read more

  24. Going Solo.

    Going Solo. 1986

    £750

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, “Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986”. Read more

  25. Le ciel et l’enfer.

    Le ciel et l’enfer. 1983

    £85

    Second edition of this work, originally published in 1965. Presentation copy warmly inscribed by Andrieux on the dedication page: “A l’Air Vice Marshal J. E. Johnnie Johnson C.B. CBE. DSO two bars, DFC bar. En souvenir du temps où les ‘Free Trench’ étaient des guerriers …Read more

  26. Originalaufnahmen von der Südamerika-Fahrt des Luftschiffes LZ 127 “Graf Zeppelin” vom 18. Mai bis 6. Juni 1930.

    Originalaufnahmen von der Südamerika-Fahrt des Luftschiffes LZ 127 “Graf Zeppelin” vom 18. Mai bis 6. Juni 1930. 1930

    £750

    First edition, and only edition. Uncommon, just one copy recorded on OCLC, ETH-Bibliothek, Zurich. Superb pictorial record of the Europe-Pan American demonstration flight, Friedrichshafen – Seville – Brazil – Lakehurst, NJ – Seville – Friedrichshafen. A regularly scheduled commercial passenger, mail, and freight service between …Read more

  27. Spifire Pilot.

    Spifire Pilot. 1943

    £575

    First edition, fourth impression; originally published in June 1942. With an autograph letter signed from the author to “Thompson”, thanking him for his letter and apologising for his slowness in replying as he has “been away”, saying that he will “certainly come to Wigton on …Read more

  28. Sagittarius Rising.

    Sagittarius Rising. 1936

    £425

    First edition, first impression of one of the classics of Great War literature, widely considered as the finest flying memoir of the war. “At seventeen, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and equipped with a precocious intelligence, Lewis lied about his age to join the …Read more

  29. Wings.

    Wings. 1927

    £75

    First photoplay edition. This title won the first ever Oscar for Best Picture. Read more

  30. Readiness at Dawn.

    Readiness at Dawn. 1941

    £75

    First edition, first impression of this memoir based on the author’s experiences in the RAF. Provenance: from the publisher’s archive of Victor Gollancz (1893–1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices – he flouted …Read more

  31. Readiness at Dawn.

    Readiness at Dawn. 1941

    £65

    First edition, first impression. Based on the author’s experiences in the RAF. From the publisher’s archive. Read more

  32. Original photograph signed twice.

    Original photograph signed twice. [c.1927]

    £1,000

    A nice early half-length portrait of a smiling Lindbergh, almost certainly showing him at the reception at the Aero Club de France following his transatlantic flight, signed in black ink both front and back. Read more

  33. The War in the Air,

    The War in the Air, 1931-9

    £2,250

    All are first editions, apart from volume I, originally published in 1922, which is a second impression “reprinted photographically … from the corrected sheets of the first edition” (imprint). These corrections not noted by Wells. “The first volume of the official Air History … goes …Read more

  34. Blériot Aéronautique – Appareils SPAD; Appareils Blériot; École de Pilotage; Le Palmarès.

    Blériot Aéronautique – Appareils SPAD; Appareils Blériot; École de Pilotage; Le Palmarès. c.1922

    £850

    A highly attractive gathering of promotional material for Blériot’s production aircraft and flying school from the Golden Age of Aviation, the spectacular pochoirs are a particularly appealing feature. Loosely inserted is an elegantly printed octavo tri-fold card leaflet “Hispano-Suiza Aviation 1914-1919”, which opens to present …Read more

  35. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.

    Worrals of the W.A.A.F. 1941.

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression, in the second impression jacket. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. The first of Johns’ books about Joan ‘Worrals’ Worralson. Read more

  36. The Sky’s the Limit.

    The Sky’s the Limit. 1930

    £575

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: ‘To Mason Letteau, with Kindest regards, D. W. “Tommy” Tomlinson’. A lovely copy in the Art Deco jacket designed by Guy E. Fry. Read more

  37. Winged Sentries – Sentinelles de l’air.

    Winged Sentries – Sentinelles de l’air. 1963

    £50

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page: “To Johnny Johnson from Johnny Gordon.” From the library of James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson (1915–2001), wartime Spitfire ace. Descriptions and illustrations of the air crafts flown by Canadian military pilots during the first …Read more

  38. Fighting Church Fenton.

    Fighting Church Fenton. 1989

    £45

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to Johnnie Johnson on front free endpaper: “With sincere good wishes, Peter D. Mason, September 1989.” From the library of James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson (1915–2001), wartime Spitfire ace. Read more

  39. R.F.C.H.Q. 1914-1918.

    R.F.C.H.Q. 1914-1918. 1920

    £125

    First edition, first impression. The author’s memoirs of the First World War, during which he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps branch of the British expeditionary force. He became a staff officer of the Royal Air Force in 1918, and was also appointed OBE …Read more

  40. The 9th 1787-1960.

    The 9th 1787-1960. 1988

    £30

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: “To Johnnie Johnson with best wishes, Tom Purves.” From the library of James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson (1915–2001), wartime Spitfire ace. Read more

  41. La bataille aerienne de Normandie 1944.

    La bataille aerienne de Normandie 1944. 1994

    £30

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the authors to Johnnie Johnson on the title page. Above the title: “Caen Jubilee Air Show, Johnnie Johnson. From Jean-Pierre Benamou and François Robinard with all the friendly wishes, more specifically from your ever f…. Doctor Jean-Pierre, As ever …Read more

  42. Five Up.

    Five Up. 1978

    £40

    First edition, first impression. From the library of James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson (1915–2001), wartime Spitfire ace. Read more

  43. Silent Invader.

    Silent Invader. 1999

    £20

    First edition, first impression. From the library of James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson (1915–2001), wartime Spitfire ace. With a gift inscription to Johnson on front free endpaper: “To Johnnie and Janet, Much Love from Jean Groombridge.” Read more

  44. Lancaster at War.

    Lancaster at War. 1990

    £75

    Inscribed by Goulding to Johnnie Johnson and his wife Janet on the title page: “With very best wishes to Janet and Johnny Johnson, hoping this book might give some idea of what it was like to operate these mighty machines. Brian Goulding.” From the library …Read more

  45. Lancaster at War: 5.

    Lancaster at War: 5. 1995

    £45

    First edition, first impression. With an autograph letter signed from Brian Goulding to Air Vice-Marshal J. E. “Johnnie” Johnson, who provides the foreword. The title page signed by both authors. A moving insight into the lives of all those involved in the production and operation …Read more

  46. Sailors in the RAF.

    Sailors in the RAF. 1993

    £175

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed “To Johnnie, With ongoing respect, kindest regards – and thanks, Keith Beardow” and with an autograph letter signed by the author to Air Commodore J. E. “Johnnie” Johnson, who wrote the foreword. A collection of the exploits of …Read more

  47. Night Flight.

    Night Flight. 1932

    £750

    First Black Sun Press edition, preceded by the UK edition of the same translation published by Desmond Harmsworth in the same year. From the library of American author and screenwriter John B. Sanford and with his ownership blindstamp on the initial blank. Night Flight was …Read more

  48. Strike from the Sky.

    Strike from the Sky. 1989

    £65

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page: “To johnnie Johnson, with respect and every good wish, Dick Hallion May 1991.” From the library of James Edgar [Johnnie] Johnson (1915–2001), wartime Spitfire ace. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Per Ardua 1914-1918.
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    BARING, Maurice. BARING, Maurice.

    Per Ardua 1914-1918.

    £225

  2. The Viking Rocket Story.
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    ROSEN, Milton W. ROSEN, Milton W.

    The Viking Rocket Story.

    £1,500

  3. The Decision to Go to the Moon.
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    LOGSDON, John M. LOGSDON, John M.

    The Decision to Go to the Moon.

    £750

  4. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
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    NEWELL, Homer E. NEWELL, Homer E.

    Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.

    £475

  5. Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.
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    CLARKE, Arthur C. CLARKE, Arthur C.

    Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.

    £1,250

  6. The Spirit of St. Louis.
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    LINDBERGH, Charles A. LINDBERGH, Charles A.

    The Spirit of St. Louis.

    £2,750

  7. Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.
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    (SAUDI MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND AVIATION.) (SAUDI MINISTRY OF...

    Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.

    £475

  8. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre – personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
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    (WORLD WAR II.) SHEW, Glenn B. (WORLD WAR II.)...

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

    £300

  9. Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.
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    EMBRY, William (ed.) EMBRY, William (ed.)

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

    £500

  10. Air Power and Colonial Control: The Royal Air Force 1919-1939.
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    OMISSI, David E. OMISSI, David E.

    Air Power and Colonial Control: The Royal Air Force 1919-1939.

    £250

  11. Air of Glory.
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    BEATON, Cecil. BEATON, Cecil.

    Air of Glory.

    £475

  12. Going Solo.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    Going Solo.

    £1,000

  13. Commemorative letterpress scroll for Second Lieutenant Hugh Pater, West Yorkshire Regiment and RFC.
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    (WORLD WAR I: Royal Flying Corps.) (WORLD WAR I:...

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

    £1,500

  14. No. 27 Squadron in India and on the North-west Frontier – Miranshah, Karachi, Risalpur, &c.
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    (AVIATION.) TIBBS, William Arthur. (AVIATION.) TIBBS, William...

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

    £1,500

  15. Do You Want To Fly?
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    FORMAN, Harrison. FORMAN, Harrison.

    Do You Want To Fly?

    £675

  16. Flying and Soldiering.
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    MONEY, R. R. MONEY, R. R.

    Flying and Soldiering.

    £125

  17. Going Solo.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    Going Solo.

    £750

  18. Le ciel et l’enfer.
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    ANDRIEUX, J. ANDRIEUX, J.

    Le ciel et l’enfer.

    £85

  19. Originalaufnahmen von der Südamerika-Fahrt des Luftschiffes LZ 127 “Graf Zeppelin” vom 18. Mai bis 6. Juni 1930.
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    (GRAF ZEPPELIN.) (GRAF ZEPPELIN.)

    Originalaufnahmen von der Südamerika-Fahrt des Luftschiffes LZ 127 “Graf Zeppelin” vom 18. Mai bis 6. Juni 1930.

    £750

  20. Spifire Pilot.
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    CROOK, D. M. CROOK, D. M.

    Spifire Pilot.

    £575

  21. Sagittarius Rising.
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    LEWIS, Cecil. LEWIS, Cecil.

    Sagittarius Rising.

    £425

  22. Original photograph signed twice.
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    LINDBERGH, Charles A. LINDBERGH, Charles A.

    Original photograph signed twice.

    £1,000

  23. Blériot Aéronautique – Appareils SPAD; Appareils Blériot; École de Pilotage; Le Palmarès.
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    (AVIATION) (AVIATION)

    Blériot Aéronautique – Appareils SPAD; Appareils Blériot; École de Pilotage; Le Palmarès.

    £850

  24. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
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    JOHNS, W. E. JOHNS, W. E.

    Worrals of the W.A.A.F.

    £1,500

  25. Winged Sentries – Sentinelles de l’air.
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    GORDON, John. GORDON, John.

    Winged Sentries – Sentinelles de l’air.

    £50

  26. Fighting Church Fenton.
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    MASON, P. D. MASON, P. D.

    Fighting Church Fenton.

    £45

  27. R.F.C.H.Q. 1914-1918.
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    BARING, Maurice. BARING, Maurice.

    R.F.C.H.Q. 1914-1918.

    £125

  28. The 9th 1787-1960.
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    PURVES, Tom. PURVES, Tom.

    The 9th 1787-1960.

    £30

  29. La bataille aerienne de Normandie 1944.
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    BENAMOU, Jean-Pierre, & François Robinard. BENAMOU, Jean-Pierre, &...

    La bataille aerienne de Normandie 1944.

    £30

  30. Sailors in the RAF.
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    BEARDOW, Keith. BEARDOW, Keith.

    Sailors in the RAF.

    £175

  31. Strike from the Sky.
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    HALLION, Richard P. HALLION, Richard P.

    Strike from the Sky.

    £65

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