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JOHNS, CAPT. W E - The Raid

John Hamilton, Ltd. London. 1935, First Edition. Hardcover. 221 pages plus 30 advertising pages (complete). The W E Johns website page admits that it is difficult to ascertain a true first edition of this book (the story was first published in "Wings" magazine, whose publisher was the same as for the book). After consulting a copy in the Bodleian Library (dated stamped May 1935) they conclude that a true first edition (such as this copy) Binding:  Crest (publisher's) on spine. Orange cloth and black lettering.  Blind front.Titles at front of book:  Lists 4 non-fiction plus 7 titles by W. E. Johns opposite title page.  Under author on title page : 'Editor of Popular Flying'.  Pages run from 7 - 221.  No illustrations.Catalogue at back: Undated 'Aviation General'. Pages 7 - 30. Plus advert for Wings on inside back cover.  Amongst entries in catalogue states that The Black Peril, The Raid, plus one more non-WEJ are new titles. Also to be noted is that Johns was listed as a Flying-Officer and as a Captain on page 17 of the advertising pages. The boards of this copy are scuffed, a little worn from shelving and use, mildly marked. The spine is lightly sunned. There are some storage marks. It is fit and sure. The boards are steady. The page trims are flecked with foxing. The early pages have foxing. The bulk of the contents are mellowed, clean, clear, comfortable, congenial, pleasing, still eager. fk. Very Good/No Jacket.
USD 115.00 [Appr.: EURO 104 | £UK 92.25 | JP¥ 12405] Book number 51hu

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