The Desert Flyer - John Bolton

1936 - Wright & Brown, London - First Edition
A thrilling “Story of the Air” in Egypt!

A scarce between the wars
Air Mystery.  
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Price HK$ 800



Guard of Honor - James Gould Cozzens

1948 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A fine copy in near fine scarce first issue dust jacket, price clipped, but with no mention of the Pulitzer Prize to front flap, no quotes from reviews of Guard of Honor and no BOMC stamps present on book or jacket.

‘Guard of Honor’ won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949. The novel balances a vast cast of intricately enmeshed characters as they react over the course of three tense days in September 1943 to a racial incident on a U.S. Army airbase in Florida. The reader is acutely aware of the war raging abroad and the effect it has had, or will have, on the multitude of servicemen who populate Cozzens's immense canvas.

‘No other American novelist of our time writes with such profound understanding of the wellsprings of human character and of the social pressures that help to form it’. -
The New York Times.

‘Every page of ‘Guard of Honor’ gives the impression of a writer at the very top of his powers setting out to accomplish nothing less than his masterwork.’ -
The New Yorker. 
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Actions and Reactions - Rudyard Kipling

1909 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition
A collection of eight stories and eight poems – ‘An Habitation Enforced’, ‘The Recall’, ‘Garm - a Hostage’, ‘Power of the Dog’, ‘The Mother HIve’, ‘Bee and the Flies’, ‘With the Night Mail’, ‘Four Angels’, ‘A Deal in Cotton’, ‘New Knighthood’, ‘The Puzzler’, ‘The Puzzler’ (verse), ‘Little Foxes’, ‘Gallio’s Song’, ‘The House Surgeon’, and ‘The Rabbi’s Song’. All the stories had previously appeared in American and/or English periodicals, while all the poems appear here for the first time.

Selecting one of them to show the diversity of Kipling’s storytelling, in ‘
With the Night Mail’ ‘it is the year 2000, and - powered by 'Fleury's Ray' - a host of transatlantic aircraft, most of them lighter-than-air (airships), are flying across the air waves. The narrator is on board a mail plane, en route from London to Quebec. The technicalities of the journey, the expertise of the crew, the radio communications they use, and the international beacons which guide the traffic, are described in impressive detail, until the Night Mail docks safely at its Receiving Tower twenty minutes ahead of schedule’. – John McGivering, The Kipling Society..  
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The Mint - A day-book of the R.A.F. by 352087 A/c Ross. - T. E. Lawrence

1955 - Jonathan Cape, London - First and Limited Edition
Copy number 156 of this limited edition of 2,000 copies, leather bound and oversubscribed at 3 1/2 guineas, which contained all the Uxbridge Depot ‘gros mots’ (’foul talk’) that were removed from the shorter trade edition. This copy also includes two detailed and informative press reviews from February 1955.

‘It is hereby approved that Colonel T. E. Lawrence be permitted to join the Royal Air Force as an aircraft hand under the alias of John Hume Ross’ - Chief of Air Staff, Sir Hugh Trenchard.

Lawrence was sent away to get a reference from his last employer after his recruiting officer, Captain W. E. Johns, the author of the famous
Biggles books, thought him suspicious and checked Lawrence’s face with photographs of wanted criminals issued by Scotland Yard. The result 
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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 – 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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The Sky Bandits - George G. Rochester

1938 - The Ace Publishing Co., London - First Edition
As he thundered down on Sarat’s tail his gun snarled a staccato accompaniment to the roar of his powerful engine!

Irresistible with chapter headings like ‘
A Perilous Business’; ‘The Secret of the U-Boat’, and ‘A Big Job!’.

Rare in the dust jacket, particularly so in this condition, bright and sharp, without large chips or holes from former combat missions.

With four full page black and white illustrations.
 
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Price HK$ 3,400