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  1. 91416comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to Johnnie Johnson, with gift label to front free endpaper signed by Air Commodore L. E. Wray. From the library of James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace, and with occasional marginalia by him. The third volume recording the actions of the RCAF overseas... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 91416

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  2. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
    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. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 92295

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    First edition, first printing. Signed by both Anne and Charles Lindbergh to the half-title. This work chronicles the Lindberghs' flight from Africa to Brazil undertaken during their survey of North Atlantic air routes. They made the flight in Tingmissartoq, the Lockheed Sirius in which they had previously flown from America... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 123920

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  4. 116292
    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

    Stock Code: 116292

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    First Aviation Book Club edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "To Captain D. Mason with great sympathy Willy Coppens de Houthulst May 1971". Loosely inserted is a slip of paper on which is typed "Sorry to say that John Hamilton Ltd, the English Publisher, cheated in publishing DAYS ON THE... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 122031

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  6. 119794
    First edition in the exceptionally uncommon dust jacket, of one of the classics of Great War literature, widely considered 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 Royal Flying Corps. He celebrated his... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 119794

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  7. 115137
    Rare comprehensive hand-over report signed in holograph by Air Marshal Sir Guy Garrod in a covering letter to Lord Tedder, relinquishing his command as C-in-C RAF Mediterranean and Middle East, and giving a very detailed strategic-level overview of the conclusion of the Allied air offensive in the Mediterranean theatre.... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 115137

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  8. 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... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 113374

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  9. 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... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 113447

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  10. Air of Glory.
    First edition, first impression. Quite scarce in nice condition. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 111742

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  11. Commemorative letterpress scroll for Second Lieutenant Hugh Pater, West Yorkshire Regiment and RFC.
    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... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 106445

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  12. Night Flight.
    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 blind stamp on the initial blank. Night Flight was awarded the Prix Femina in 1931 and was selected... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 89851

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  13. Readiness at Dawn.
    First edition, first impression. Based on the author's experiences in the RAF. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 95293

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  14. Von Richthofen and the Flying Circus.
    Second revised edition, first published in the previous year. Based on the research of Nowarra of the Luftfahrtsarchiv in Berlin, one of the foremost authorities on German aviation, and Brown, who was curator of the United States Air Force archives, who had made a special study of Richthofen. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 89447

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  15. Le Ciel et l'Enfer.
    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 et se battant la main dans la main avec les Boys... Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 90830

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  16. Inscribed Etched Portrait of the Most Famous French Ace of World War I.
    Limited edition of 70, this number 9, additionally inscribed in black pencil-crayon, "à Mademoiselle Germaine Fischer, hommage de ma respectueuse sympathie, H. Farre". Guynemer was without doubt one of the most charismatic flyers of the First World War. By the time of his death in September 1917, aged just 22, brought down... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 87404

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  17. Sopwith - The Man and his Aircraft.
    First edition, first impression. Typically well-produced Harleyford publication covering the life and work of Tommy Sopwith. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89459

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  18. The Messerschmitt 109. A Famous German Fighter.
    First US edition, first impression, same year as the UK edition. This one of the copies with bookplate signed by the four contributors mounted on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89456

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  19. 83597
    First edition, this copy from the library of "Johnnie" Johnson, "the Commonwealth's premier ace of the war" (p195), his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, and page reference "leadership p49" to the half-title. In 1943 Johnson was made Wing Commander of No. 144 Wing (Canadians) flying out of RAF Kenley, his... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 83597

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  20. The Sky's the Limit.
    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. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 91700

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  21. Strike from the Sky.
    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. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 90817

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  22. 89999
    First edition, first impression. A large-scale reference work that describes development history and production details of almost 1,700 different aircraft types. From the library of James Edgar Johnnie Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace, with gift inscription to Johnson on half-title. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89999

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  23. 125 Years of Canadian Aeronautics.
    First edition, first impression. From the library of James Edgar Johnnie Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace. With gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £80

    Stock Code: 89751

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  24. Colours of War.
    First edition, first impression, of Alan Ross's study of the British phenomenon of War Artists during the Second World War. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 81298

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  25. 69354
    Military advisers reassure the Kaiser who is seated on the throne of Militarismus, resting on a heap of bodies, that "just a few more corpses will sure up the foundations." These leaflets were produced in large numbers, but rarely survive. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 69354

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  26. The Orient Flight L. Z. 127-Graf Zeppelin.
    First edition, first printing. Only 1000 copies published. Inscribed by Fred F. Blau on the front free endpaper, "To Larry Lawless, with best wishes, Fred F. Blau." A collaboration between Len Deighton (writing under the pseudonym Cyril) and Blau. The orient flight of the Graf zeppelin marked the reintroduction of the air-borne... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 75747

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  27. North to the Orient.
    First edition, first printing, in the second issue jacket. Inscribed on the half-title by both Charles and Anne Lindbergh, "For Doctor Albert H. Ebeling from Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh - 1935". The recipient was a long-time colleague of Alexis Carrel, Lindbergh's collaborator and co-author of the book... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 74121

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  28. High Endeavour.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 45399

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  29. The War in the Air,
    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 outside its subject so far as to deal, in... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 50346

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  30. Four page letter signed "Sailor"  to fellow Battle of Britain Spitfire ace Alan Deere.
    Signed or autograph material by Malan is extremely uncommon. This substantial letter also boasts excellent content and Battle of Britain associations. Here he writes to Alan Deere, a fellow Spitfire pilot who served in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, accumulating 22 kills, and who was a Wing Commander at... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 44140

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    First Edition, First Impression. With the authors' compliments slip signed by Len Deighton and Fred Blau laid into the first volume; the second inscribed by Blau "To Brian Lawson with my very best wishes Fred F Blau." Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 35799

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