Biggles Second Case - Captain W.E. Johns 1948 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition in 4th impression dust jacket A nice bright copy, with colour frontispiece, illustrated title page and a further nine page black and white illustrations by Leslie Stead.

Biggles and the team help Raymond out in a search for Nazi gold in the southern ocean (around Kerguelen Island). The title refers to this being their second case in the Air Branch of the CID.

A German submariner is shot trying to get a message to British Headquarters in Germany. His dying words tell of a missing U-Boat returning to the Southern Ocean to pick up a stash of stolen Allied gold from its secret base. Biggles and the team de-camp to Kerguelen Island to try and locate it and retrieve the gold for HM government.

This they manage to do (of course), but not before the usual litany of narrow scrapes, missing teamsters, etc. At one point Biggles and Algy are saved from a firing squad by Ginger firing a whale harpoon!
  Edition Points: Copyright page with First printed, 1948 statement (listed as Apr 1948 in second impression). Verso of half-title page lists 5 Worrals titles, 7 Biggles titles ending with Biggles Second Case plus Comrades in Arms, and 3 Gimlet titles. In early, fourth impression dust jacket (printed January 1952), priced at 7/6 net (earlier impressions were priced at 6).

Reference: YABS. BOL 33.1 / 33.4.

pp. 191 [1]. In publisher’s pale mustard yellow cloth, lettered in green to spine, front board with green lettering and vignette of flying boat. Dust jacket priced 7/6 net to lower corner of front panel.
  Condition: Very good plus, small owners name to front free endpaper, light soiling and foxing to edges, in very good plus jacket, rubbing to edges, and minor soiling to rear panel.   Ref: 105550   Price: HK$ 900