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JOHNS, W.E.. Fighting planes and aces.

London. John Hamilton, [1932]. First edition.
Quarto. 90pp, [6]. With frontispiece and 30 plates. Original publisher's blue cloth, title stamped in black to spine and upper board (i.e. the second issue binding, without the stamped image of plane to upper board), with the fabulously evocative rare Howard Leigh dustwrapper displaying the original 5s price. An almost fine copy, but for the slightest of fading at head and foot of spine, in a near good dustwrapper with some loss and tearing, small piece at lower corner of rear panel detached but present. Presentation bookplate to FEP, small private owner's ink stamp ('Phillips') to front flap of dustwrapper.
An illustrated survey of WW1 flying aces, complete with the rare and evocative dustwrapper, by W.E. Johns (1893-1968), English journalist and popular children's book writer, best known for his popular Biggles series, which began in the same year that this work was published.
£ 450.00 Antiquates Ref: 21501