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Royal Flying Corps   22 Books
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AVEBURY (Lady Alice) Eric Fox Pitt Lubbock: Born 16th May 1893, Killed in aerial fight near Ypres, 11th March 1917; A Memoir by his Mother. [Together with:] Eric's History of the Beginning of the War. 1st Ed., vii+253pp., 223x195mm, 9 portraits. Printed for Private Circulation by A.L. Humphreys. 1918 [And:] [i]+49pp., carbon typscript. Contemp. 1918  #58506
[HLMainPic] Eric Fox Pitt Lubbock was born in 1893, son of Lord and Lady Avebury. He was Ed. at Eton and was at Balliol in 1914 when he volunteered as an R.A.C. driver, later receiving a commission in the A.S.C., then transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. He won the M.C. in 1916 with 45 Squadron and was KiA flying over the Ypres Salient on 11th March 1917. He was twenty-three & his grave lies in Lijsssenthoek Military Cemetery. Attractive memorial which includes his war diary and letters from the Front, also extracts from his mother's diary. Interesting copy with Raglan family bookplate, with 2pp. typed copy of a letter of condolence from the commander of 11th Wing RFC, Col. George Stopford affixed to front endpapers, loosely inserted fine studio portraits (by Barnett & Co., Knightsbridge) of Lady Avebury & the subject's brother, Capt. Hon. Harold Fox Pitt Lubbock, in service dress uniform of the West Kent Yeomanry (he was subsequently transferred to the Grenadier Guards & KiA in France on 4th April 1918). Blue cloth, gilt to front and spine, VG & accompanied by rare typescript of Eric Lubbock's recollections of the early months of the outbreak of the war & a diary of his experience in France as a volunteer driver up to 2nd Nov. 1914 of which only extracts appear in the printed memoir. This 'supplementary' volume was bound by Hatchards to the same dimensions & in the same cloth, with the same gilt title to front ("Eric Fox Pitt Lubbock") as the printed memorial volume. See illustrations on our website.   £500
BISHOP (Lt.-Col. W.A., VC, DSO, MC, RFC) Winged Warfare. 1st Ed., [iii]+301pp., portrait frontis., 5 plates. VG in worn dw. H&S. 1918  #58788
[HLMainPic] Canadian fighter ace's classic memoirs. Orig. dec. cloth, VG in rather worn but very rare & attractive dw. See illustration on our website.   £220
BRIDGMAN (Leonard) With a Commentary by Oliver Stewart, MC, AFC. The Clouds Remember. 1st Ed., xiv+128pp., col. frontis., 41 b/w plates. VG in sl. chipped dw. Gale & Polden. nd (c.1930).  #58348
[HLMainPic] Forty-two fine drawings by Leonard Bridgman depicting almost all of the aircraft employed by the RFC & RAF 1914-18, including the Maurice Farman Longhorn, BE2, RE8, Sopwith Pup, Camel, Dolphin &c., Nieuport Scout, Bristol Fighters, SE5, Spad, DH2 &c., each drawing accompanied by detailed notes on the characteristics, capabilities, technical qualities & operational use of the machine depicted, including Oliver Stewart's personal observations as a decorated RFC ace pilot. Stewart was commissioned in the Middlesex Regiment in Oct. 1914; transferred to the RFC in 1915. After a brief stint with 22 Squadron, he moved on in 1917 to 54 Squadron to fly a Sopwith Pup. Beacme a flight commander, nicknamed 'Stewpot', was promoted to major in June 1918, & given command of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment. He was later an aviation journalist. Nice copy & rare, especially in dw, with G&P file library bookplate. See illustrations on our website.   £225
DREW (Lt.-Col. G.A.) Canada's Fighting Airmen. 1st Ed., viii+305pp., 28 plates. Toronto: Maclean. 1930  #45413
Biographies of 12 Canadian pilots & much of interest. Sp. rubbed & worn o/w VG.   £14
DREW (Lt.-Col. G.A.) Canada's Fighting Airmen. 1st Ed., viii+305pp., 28 plates. VG in sl. chipped dw. Toronto: Maclean. 1930  #55283
[HLMainPic] Biographies of 12 Canadian pilots & much else of interest. VG & scarce in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
FITZHUGH (Percy K.) Tom Slade with the Flying Corps. 1st Ed., [vii]+244pp., frontis. & several other plates by R. Emmett Owen, photographic eps. VG in sl. chipped dw. NY: Grosset & Dunlap. 1919  #53921
[HLMainPic] In a series of popular boys' stories, 'Tom Slade, Boy Scout' &c. In this story he is a pilot in the Firts World war. Nice copy in attractive illustrated dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
GLEESON (Joe) Irish Aces of the RFC & RAF in the First World War: The Lives Behind the Legends. 1st Ed., 245pp., 24 photos. VG in dw. Fonthill Media. 2015  #57070
[HLMainPic] Biogs. of 29 distinguished Irish flyers. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
GREY (C.G.) Ed. All the World's Aircraft. Originally Known as "All The World's Airships." (War Flying Annual). Seventh Year of Issue: 1916. 1st Ed., 77pp. adverts. & 263pp. text, oblong 4to, photos. & diagrams throughout. Sampson Low, Marston & Co. 1916  #55579
[HLMainPic] Important illustrated source on the aircraft of all nations at this time: Part A - Aeroplanes & Airships of the World. Part B - Historical Aeroplanes of the Last Fourteen Years. Part C - The World's Aero-Engines. The British section includes roll of aviators killed previous to the outbeak of the 1914 war, also a roll of the 2253 Aviator's Certificates granted by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain up to January 1916, at which date "the publication of certificates was wisely stopped by the Admiralty & War Office, as likely to indicate to the enemy the numbers of aviators available." The roll contains the pilot's certificate number, rank & regiment, date test taken, type of machine used & location. As well as types of machine, various other matter re aerodromes & manufacturing companies, abbreviatiobns, &c., with complete indexes of aeroplanes & dirigibles. Orig. blue cloth, silver gilt to front & sp., sp. little rubbed & sl. chipped o/w VG & rare, & this copy muchly extra-illustrated with contemp. news clippings &c., inc. 4 coloured postcards of machine, plus ms. notes. (Some of the extra illus. overlaying portions of adverts, most utilising blank spaces.) Nice, interesting copy. See illustrations on our website.   £225
ILLINGWORTH (Capt. Arthur E.) "Fly Papers" Being Leaves from the Diary of a War Pilot. By "The Whip." 1st Ed., 108pp. Newcastle: Ward & Sons, Printers & Publishers. 1919  #58774
[HLMainPic] Very scarce memoirs of an Artillery Observation pilot with 24 Sqdrn., Western Front 1916-18 (Illingworth also wrote the exceptionally scarce squadron history). Attractive orig. dec wraps., minor wear, generally VG & signed in ink by author on tp. See illustration on our website.   £145
LEIGH (Howard) Planes of the Great War. Foreword by Capt. W.E. Johns. 1st Ed., 111pp., 4to, 50 plates. VG in sl. tanned dw. Hamilton. 1934  #57227
[HLMainPic] Howard Leigh's delicate & accurate, finely detailed pencil drawings of Allied & enemy aircraft, each tipped-in facing a description/notes on the machine depicted. Orig. black cloth, gilt, near fine in sl. tanned but scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £65

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