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Aviation   6 Books
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BUSK (Mrs Mary) E.T. Busk, A Pioneer in Flight, With a Short Memoir of H.A. Busk, Flight Commander, R.N.A.S. 1st Ed., xi+167pp., 8 plates. Murray. 1925  #56017
[HLMainPic] Edward Teshmaker Busk was an aviation pioneer employed at the Royal Aircraft Factory in June 1912. He was killed in a flying accident at Laffan's Plain in Nov. 1914. His brother Hans joined the RNAS in Jan. 1914; became an instructor at Upvaon until in Oct. 1915 he was attached to Commander Samson's wing in the Mediterranean & posted missing, believed killed, during a lone bombing raid on the German Galata aerodrome (includes his active service journal which was returned to his mother with his kit). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG, nice clean & bright copy. See illustration on our website.   £60
GIBBONS (Floyd) The Red Knight of Germany: Baron von Richthofen, Germany's Great War Airman. 1st Ed., [vii]+408pp., portrait frontis., 7 illus. Cassell. 1930  #46254
[HLMainPic] Standard biography of the leading German ace: much detail from official reports of his combats &c. Orig. maroon cloth, VG, with chipped front panel of dw affixed to ffep & clipping from publishers' blurb on rear paste-down.   £14
NEON [ACWORTH (Marion W.)] The Great Delusion: A Study of Aircraft in Peace and War. 2nd Ed. (revised), xxxix+288pp. Benn. 1927  #46140
Extensive survey of the rapid development of aviation with much on WW1 aeroplane & airship ops. Preface by A.H. Pollen. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. sl. tanned o/w VG.   £16
NEON [Pseud. of ACWORTH (Marion W.)] The Great Delusion: A Study of Aircraft in Peace and War. 2nd Ed. (revised), xxxix+288pp. Benn. 1927  #54057
[HLMainPic] Extensive survey of the rapid development of aviation with much on WW1 aeroplane & airship ops., & critique of British commercial airship development, notably the R100 & R101. Preface by A.H. Pollen. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
RALEIGH (Walter) The War in the Air: Being the Story of the Part Played in the Great War by The Royal Air Force: Vol. I. Ist Ed, xix+489pp., several maps. Oxford: Clarendon. 1922  #53970
[HLMainPic] Early days of the RFC & RNAS including the 1914 campaign (Mons to 1st Ypres inclusive) in detail. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
RALEIGH (Walter) & JONES (H.A.) The War in the Air: Being the Story of the Part Played in the Great War by The Royal Air Force. Complete set, 9 Vols., Vols. I-VI Text, Mapcases to accompany Vols. III & V, Appendices. Ist Eds., over 3000pp. in all, num. fldg. maps bound-in + loose in mapcases. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 192237  #54672
[HLMainPic] Complete official history of RFC/RAF on all fronts 1914-18, largely France & Flanders but also Dardanelles, Africa, Mespot, Palestine, work of the RNAS &c. The earlier volumes (all published at the time of his writing) were highly acclaimed by Falls who awarded three stars: "It is altogether a very fine piece of work." Orig. blue cloth, VG throughout, very nice complete set with all maps as called for. Note: Vol. V Maps ex-IWM but externally unmarked & VG, matching the rest of the set. Loosely inserted ts. letter in Vol. I states: "This set... was once part of the collection of aviation books in the possession of Lord Ventry. (signed) Wg. Cdr. F.E.F. Prince." See illustration on our website.   £725

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