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DUNLAP, Orrin Elmer.


What Radar Is and How It Works.

New York, Harper & Brothers, 1948 Stock Code: 140734
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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 involvement in Radar, such as "... THEY invented Radar in 1922!!" and "The Pearl Harbour incident was most interesting. They saw on the screen a large fleet of airplanes 100 miles away and reported it to the Officer. He said he was expecting a fleet of U. S. planes and did nothing. Then the bombs began to fall." The note is signed A. G. Lee. A full typed transcription has been mounted the Dedication leaf. Sir A. George Lee, replaced Sir Robert A. Watson-Watt, as DCD (Radar) - Director of Communications Development - at MAP - the Ministry of Aircraft Production - in January, 1940. In 1944 he was appointed Senior Telecommunications Officer in the Ministry of Supply, being replaced by Air Commodore Leedham. Mounted on the front free endpaper is a printed address label, "Bernard Budd, Q.C. 3 Pump Court, Temple, E. C.4". Bernard Wilfred Budd (1912-2003), was an Indian Civil Servant, who returned to the UK post Independence, QC, 1969, and was a 5 time unsuccessful Liberal Party candidate. It is possible that Budd passed Lee this copy of the book in connection with his work on the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors, as the notes include the comment, "the book is not worth handing to the commission except for the simple explanation of Radar". An interesting copy.

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Octavo. Original black cloth, title gilt to the spine. With the photographically illustrated dust jacket.


Halftone frontispiece and 10 similar plates, several text illustrations and diagrams.


Spine lettering slightly flaked, corners bumped, otherwise very good, two ownership labels to the front free endpaper, but otherwise internally clean and tight, in slightly scuffed and rubbed jacket, occasional surface loss, especially at the edges & lower spine, a few neat tape repairs.


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