Oxford University Press / London: Humphrey Milford 1941. [Aviation adventure] FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, printed on THICK PAPER. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.256, with colour frontispiece by Radcliffe Wilson, black and white illustrations within. Bound in publisher's light blue cloth with text and decoration printed in black, top edge tinted blue, pictorial dust-jacket with original price of 4s to flap. A moderately used copy with some dustiness and a few marks to the cloth, similar jacket with a few chips and tears, uniform toning to rear panel. Shows well. Overall a very good copy of a scarce war-time Biggles, not to be confused with the later (more common) version on thinner paper. Although not marked as such, this copy was part of the collection of Margaret Collins, the niece of W. E. Johns. A handwritten note of provenance accompanies the volume. Item #54184
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