London: Cassell and Company, 1918. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.x; 182. Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine and upper board, in pictorial dust-jacket designed by G.H. Tavis. A collection of fact-based short stories about early aerial combat in WWI, mostly on the Western Front. Faint ghost of a stamp to front pastedown, cheap grey paper stock has some occasional spotting. Slight spotting to endpapers. Some marks to the cloth at the spine. Dust-jacket shows very well, with a crease to the front panel, loss at the top and bottom of the spine panel and to the top left and bottom right corners of the rear panel, creasing and nicking along the top and bottom edges of the dust-wrapper. Quite heavy spotting to spine panel. A very good example, exceedingly scarce in its dust-jacket. Aside from being an author, Blake was a pioneer aviator who led the first attempted circumnavigation of the globe by air in 1922, and motored around both South America and the Central African Federation in a Standard Vanguard. Item #47958
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