*Our shops are open!*
Dover Street: 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Fulham Road: by appointment, 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Click for more information about safety measures in store.

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.

18 Items

View as List View Grid View
Set Descending Direction
  1. Rules, Bye-Laws, and List of Members
    (AVIATION.) AERO CLUB OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. Rules, Bye-Laws, and List of Members

    1905

    Very scarce survival from the early days of aviation, not on Copac or OCLC; included here are "Bye-Laws for Balloon Ascents" and a list of the 110 members of the club, most notably Major B. Baden-Powell, who wrote extensively on aviation matters (including Ballooning as a Sport, 1907), Charles Rolls, of Rolls-Royce, J. T. C. Moore-Brabazon, "the first... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 130751

  2. 141356
    (AVIATION: WWII) The Fedden Mission to Germany. Final Report. June, 1945.

    London : 1945

    Classified SECRET, the first and only edition. Rare, 2 copies only on Library Hub, National Aerospace Library and Science Museum, WolrdCat adds a single copy at the US Army War College. Detailed report produced by the British mission, named for the its leader, Sir Alfred Hubert "Roy" Fedden, sent to Germany to gather technical intelligence about German... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141356

  3. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July – 31st October 1940.
    (WORLD WAR TWO; RAF BOMBER COMMAND.) …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
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 141274

  4. 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

  5. Radar.
    DUNLAP, Orrin Elmer. Radar.

    New York : 1948

    Revised Edition, first published 1946. Loosely inserted at the front free endpaper is a single small sheet of thin, contemporary note paper with 2pp. of pencilled notes, headed "Written on train", alongside which is "Comments - GLs - on RADAR by ORRINE DUNLAP", followed by a sequence of none too complimentary comments, especially relating early US... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140734

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

    London : 1920

    First edition, limited issue, this copy 187 of 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 not suitable as a fighter was used in a ground-attack rôle, first... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 140637

  7. 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.

    1943-5

    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

  8. 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

  9. Aerial Navigation of To-Day.
    TURNER, Charles C. Aerial Navigation of To-Day.

    London : 1910

    Second edition of this work on air navigation, originally published in 1909. This copy in an attractive tree calf binding. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140644

  10. 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

  11. King of Air Fighters.
    (MANNOCK, Edward "Mick".) JONES, Ira "Taffy". King of Air Fighters.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression, of the first biography of one of the top fighter aces of the Great War, "perhaps the greatest tactician and teacher of fighting tactics" (ODNB), Edward "Mick" Mannock (1887-1918). The author, Ira "Taffy" Jones was also highly decorated (DSO, MC, DFC) and was trained by Mannock when the latter was stationed at London... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139636

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

    Santa Cruz : 23 Oct - 8 Dec. 1945-6

    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. 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

  14. Bill and Moya Lear: an Unforgettable Flight.
    LEAR, Moya Olsen. Bill and Moya Lear: an Unforgettable Flight.

    Nevada : 1996

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 20 copies marked for presentation and signed by the author on the reverse of the frontispiece. This copy is additionally signed in various inks on the title page by the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, alongside the signatures of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 120309

  15. Sagittarius Rising.
    LEWIS, Cecil. Sagittarius Rising.

    London : 1936

    First edition in the 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 eighteenth birthday in France, flying patrols... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 119794

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

    New York : 1955

    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 Layton, Lt. Comdr. W. Pat Murphy, W. Paul Smith and William G. Purdy, all of whom... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 114401

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

    Riyadh : [1981]

    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... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 113447

  18. The Orient Flight L. Z. 127-Graf Zeppelin.
    (DEIGHTON, Len.) DEIGHTON, Cyril, & 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

18 Items

View as List View Grid View
Set Descending Direction