so few | A Folio Dedicated To All Who Fought And Won The Battle of Britain 10th July - 31st October 1940 | An Extraordinary Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain | Multiple Signed by 25 Pilots | Signed by 6 Contributing Artists and Creators of the Work.
Published by Royale Print of London; Hartnolls Bookbinders of Bodmin, and The Phoenix Setting Company of Portsmouth, London First Edition 1990. 1990. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original Chieftain goatskins, dyed the exact shade of RAF wool-barathea wartime uniform fabric. The front cover is gold-blocked with the title and incorporates specially woven RAF wings of 1940 type by Gieves and Hawkes, No. 1 Savile Row, London, with the King's crown, the marker ribbon of blue silk bearing the emblems of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, 22-carat gold edging. 4to. 13¼'' x 10''. The print run is strictly limited to 401 copies, No. 1 being presented to HM The Queen. This copy being number 173. Each copy bears the handwritten signatures of the twenty-five selected Battle of Britain pilots: Wg Cdr P. P. C. Barthropp; Wg Cdr R. P. Beaumont; Sqn Ldr G. H. Bennions; Air Vice-Marshal H. A. C. Bird-Wilson; Air Cdre P. M. Brothers; Air Marshal Sir Denis Crowley-Milling; Gp Capt W. D. David; Air Cdre A. C. Deere; Sqn Ldr B. H. Drobinski; Flt Lt J. H. Duart; Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris; Gp Capt T. P. Gleave; Wg Cdr N. P. W. Hancock; Sqn Ldr C. Haw; Cdr R. C. Hay; Gp Capt C. B. F. Kingcome; Colonel Henry Gaston Lafont; Air Cdre A. R. D. MacDonell; Sqn Ldr M. J. Mansfeld; W Cdr A. G. Page; Wg Cdr P. L. Parrott; Gp Capt D. F. B. Sheen; Wg Cdr F. M. Smith; Wg Cdr J. E. Storrar; Wg Cdr G. C. Unwin. Housed in matching buckram clamshell box with blue silk lining and gilt titling. Unopened book in new condition in Fine condition box. Pocket inside the box holds original sales receipt, The Times colour supplement advertisement, typed letter from the original purchaser to Air Vice Marshall Freddie Hurrell confirming his order and enclosed cheque, he also mentions that he would wish to collect the book himself from Hartnolls in Bodmin when the book was ready. SIGNED letter from Air Vice Marshall Freddie Hurrell to the recipient on Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund letter-headed paper with details of the book. Hartnoll Delivery Note. Advertisement prospectus giving in-depth details concerning the various elements of production with a photograph of the six protagonists: Michael Pierce, John Golley, Roy Asser, Bill Gunston, Brian Masterton, and Freddie Hurrell to the front cover viewing the finished product. Remains wrapped in Hartnoll's original brown paper.
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