Sergeant Bigglesworth C.I.D. - Captain W.E. Johns 1946 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition Chocks away Biggles!

A superb example of the first post-war Biggles story. With magnificent colour frontispiece and title page, together with eight tinted full page illustrations by Leslie Stead.

Air Commodore Raymond approaches Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Bertie with an interesting proposition. Now that the Second World War had ended, he could use good pilots in a new force he is forming as Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard. This force would be used to combat flying crooks.

They set out to track down a spate of jewel robberies are occurring in mid-flight, costing the country millions. The Germans are still up to their tricks, and clues lead to El Zufra and the Sanseviera Jungle in Abyssinia.
  First Edition Points: Copyright page with First Printed 1946 statement (listed as Aug 1947 in second edition). Verso of title page lists 5 Biggles titles ending with Biggles Flies East, and 4 Worrals titles. Rear flap of dust jacket lists six Biggles titles up to Sergeant Bigglesworth C.I.D., plus In Preparation Comrades in Arms and four Worrals titles plus one further title in preparation.

Reference: YABS. BOL 32.1.

pp. [4 (colour frontis and colour title page incorporating half-title and copyright page)] 188. In publisher’s light blue cloth, lettered in black to spine and front board. Dust jacket priced 6’- net to lower corner of front panel.
  Condition: Fine, in near fine jacket, minor wear to spine ends, corners and folds.   Ref: 104012   Price: HK$ 2,000