An Aerial Runaway - The Balloon Adventures of Rod & Tod in North & South America - INSCRIBED - William P. & Charles P. Chipman

1901 - Lothrop Publishing Company, Boston - First Edition
‘Hurrah for Rod! Hurrah for Tod!’

As they battle jaguars with bows and arrows, and encounter lost civilisations on their ballooning adventure down to the lost city of the Incas. Illustrated by W. A. McCullough.

Inscribed by the authors William and Charles Chipman ‘
To Master Jesse W. Halliday’. 
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1920 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York - First Edition
The comprehensive story of the American pilots who flew against the Germans in World War I, both before the Americans officially entered the War [as the Lafayette Escadrille] and from 1918 onwards with various French and American units. Those who flew with French units during the War were called the Lafayette Flying Corps. Included in volume one are biographies and service records, whilst volume two runs through the history of the corps, cleverly incorporating letters from the pilots to provide a first hand account.

Profusely illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and colour plates.
 
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Biggles' Combined Operations - Captain W.E. Johns

1959 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
Yes, on the cover there is an Englishman, a Frenchman, and an American. Can you guess which one is which?

An utterly plausible 1950’s alliance is formed between Biggles, British flying ace, Marcel Brissac, his counterpart in the French Sûreté, and the ‘bouillant’ American policeman Eddie Ross. The three Interpol chums join forces to clean up a dope racket threatening the United States.

Marcel didn’t smile. “C’est vrai,” he said softly. “Beegles is an old fox...”

A smashing copy, with six colour illustrations by Leslie Stead.

‘Biggles, our air hero.’ -
The Daily Telegraph. 
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Biggles in the Orient - Captain W.E. Johns

1944 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A fine copy, in bright dust jacket, of a scarce Biggles title. With colour frontispiece and twelve black and white illustrations by ‘Stead’.

'
You're our last hope, Bigglesworth,' said the Air Commodore, with something like despair in his voice.’

The war supply route between Calcutta and China is a vital one but something is attacking the planes that fly it. Again and again pilots set off, only to disappear somewhere along the line, never to be seen again. When Biggles and his team are called in to investigate, flying the route is close to a suicide mission . . .
 
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Biggles and the Plot that Failed - Captain W.E. Johns

1965 - Brockhampton Press, Leicester - First Edition
A fine copy and thus scarce.

Biggles and the team are stuck in the Sahara trying to track down the missing son of a friend of Raymond.

The son, Alex Mander, has joined a partner, Sekunder, seeking treasure in a lost tomb. When the tomb is found Alex is deserted by his partner and left to die. Biggles and co find him just in time, and just before his partner returns with a drill to open the tomb.

In his haste to open the tomb the partner is stung by a scorpion. Biggles takes him back to civilisation, not before helping Alex open the tomb and determine there is nothing in it!
 
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Listen! The Wind - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1939 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A lovely copy – in its striking original dust jacket and scarce glassine wrapper – of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s beautifully written account of her and her husband’s 1933 flight in their single-engine Lockheed ‘Sirius’ from Africa to South America, as they survey 30,000 miles of coastal aviation routes across the Atlantic Ocean.

With a foreword, and map drawings by Charles Lindbergh.
 
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West With The Night - Beryl Markham

1942 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition, First Printing
The remarkable Beryl Markham’s elegantly crafted autobiography. Africa’s first female thoroughbred horse trainer and its first woman bush pilot, who in 1936 became the first person to fly the Atlantic solo from east to west. First edition, first printing with ‘1942’ on title page (later printings only had the date on the copyright page), and in the delicate dust jacket, not price-clipped as commonly found.

After apprenticing with her father as a trainer and breeder of horses, Markham had turned to aviation, carrying mail, passengers, and supplies in her small plane to far corners of the Sudan, Tanganyika, Kenya, and Rhodesia. Ernest Hemingway, who was unimpressed when first meeting Markham whilst on his 1933-4 African safari, wrote in a letter to editor Maxwell Perkins:
"Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer’s log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and some times making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people’s stories, are absolutely true I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book." 
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Price HK$ 11,000