Aviation

Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to aeronautics, heavier than air flight, ballooning, gliding, and any other form of human flight; including military aviation.

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  1. Reminiscences.
    AIRSHIPS - PORTSMOUTH COMMAND. Reminiscences.

    Portsmouth : 1919

    First and only edition of this rare illustrated history of the unit's vital work patrolling the English Channel, making them the "busiest" allied airship station of the war. Illustrations encompass individual and group portraits, ships on the ground and in the air, terrestrial and aerial views of the installations; text includes honours and awards.... Learn More
    £1,450.00

    Stock Code: 143630

  2. Ré sans fard.
    BÉRAUD, Rémi. Ré sans fard.

    La Rochelle : 1989

    First edition, first impression. This copy profusely inscribed to RAF pilot and flying ace James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001) from a visit to Ré in May 1990 with the Air Crew Association. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141070

  3. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.
    BERLIN AIRLIFT - WILLIAMS, Thomas Melling, Air Marshal. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.

    Bielefeld, Germany : 1950

    First and only edition, classified RESTRICTED. This definitive report on the British effort in the Berlin Airlift, the first major crisis of the Cold War, was compiled under Air Marshal Williams as C-i-C British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany), who was awarded the DSM (US) for his services during the airlift. Until relatively recently this remarkable... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135790

  4. Going Solo.
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jenny with love, Roald Dahl, 1988". Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 112116

  5. The Orient Flight L. Z. 127-Graf Zeppelin.
    DEIGHTON, Len, as Cyril Deighton, & Fred F. Blau. The Orient Flight L. Z. 127-Graf Zeppelin.

    Maryland : 1980

    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 post office. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 75747

  6. Behind the smoke screen.
    GROVES, Percy Robert Clifford, Brigadier-General. Behind the smoke screen.

    London : 1934

    First edition of this timely reassessment of the importance of air power, proving "that there is an urgent need for a reorientation of the nations defensive system" (Swinton's preface). This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the chairman and managing director of Short Brothers; "To Oswald Short with kind regards from P. R. C. Groves, January... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142780

  7. A History of 24 Squadron.
    ILLINGWORTH, Arthur E., Captain. A History of 24 Squadron.

    London : 1920

    First edition, limited issue "for private circulation among the officers of the squadron", this copy sixteen of only 275. Founded as No. 24 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps in 1915 at Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, it arrived in France in February 1916 equipped with D.H.2 fighters. These were soon outclassed and replaced early in 1917 with the DH.5, which although... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 141412

  8. "We".
    LINDBERGH, Charles. "We".

    New York and London : 1927

    Author's Autograph Edition, number 751 of 1,000 copies signed by the author and on behalf of the publishers, retaining the rare glassine and box. Lindbergh's autobiography provides a well-illustrated account of the life of one of the century's greatest adventurers, the first man to complete a solo non-stop transatlantic flight. With two publisher's... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 146015

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

    New York, Toronto, London : 1958

    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 was a mathematics professor and author who became a powerful US government... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 114393

  10. What About the Airship?
    ROSENDAHL, Charles Emery. What About the Airship?

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing; a superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author across the front free endpaper, "With best wishes and happiest recollections of our airship service together, to Captain George W. Steele. Charles Emery Rosendahl, August 1938". The recipient was Rosendahl's predecesor as commander of the ZR-3 airship USS Los Angeles... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 143198

  11. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July – 31st October 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE; WORLD WAR TWO. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July – 31st October 1940.

    London : 1990

    First edition, number 52 of 401 copies, signed by all six members of the creative team on the mounted authentication leaf. A magnificent tribute, containing 25 superb original silhouette portraits of distinguished RAF pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth, all signed by the sitter and the artist, Michael Pierce, together with his embossed stamp.... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 141274

  12. Photo album.
    UNITED AIRLINES WOMEN TRAINEES. Photo album.

    Santa Cruz : 23 Oct - 8 Dec 1945-46

    A fascinating photograph album compiled immediately after the Second World War by Alice Carlson, one of the women of the United Airlines 1945 to 1946 training class. While a number of the photos are formal, such as the opening shot of the whole class in front of a Boeing 617 (Alice pictured 6th in from the right), the majority are informal shots of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134425

  13. Manuscript memorial volume of a pilot officer of 56 Squadron R. F. C.
    WILKINSON, Geoffrey Miles. Manuscript memorial volume of a pilot officer of 56 Squadron R. F. C.

    Ealing, Middlesex : 1918

    A unique and extremely moving document, a manuscript record of the life and brief career of 2nd Lieut. G. M. Wilkinson, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, attached to 56 Squadron R.F.C. (1898-1917), lovingly copied out and compiled by his mother. Following the structure of the memorial volumes of the era the volume offers a brief account of schooling... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 144576

  14. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
    WORLD WAR II - SHEW, Glenn B. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    1943-45

    A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War Two, 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... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 113374

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