Escape to Danger by Paul Brickhill / Conrad Norton 1st / 1st 1946
First edition and first print published by Faber in 1946. This is a near fine copy. The exceedingly fragile wrapper is very complete with only a tiny tear to the top edge of the front panel and to the bottom of the spine. With rubbing to the corner tips. The wrapper is very clean with the back panel having very little marks at all. It is not price clipped. The book has a very small inscription from a previous owner to the front free end paper. The book is free from foxing and spotting and is very clean. Overall this is a near fine copy.
The scarce first book by Paul Brickhill. The author was an Australian fighter pilot, prisoner of war, and author who wrote The Great Escape, The Dam Busters, and Reach for the Sky. Brickhill and Norton were inmates. Whilst in captivity they identified that many of their fellow prisoners had tales of daring escapes, and that they could provide the possibility of publishing a book following the end of the war. As prisoners were forbidden from writing anything other than letters and postcards, they collected every piece of paper they could find and, writing in as small a hand as possible, they collected stories and hid them from the guards. Brickhill held the copyright for his chapters that loosely were around a great escape. He went on to publish an expanded account 'The Great Escape' in 1950. The wrapper and several full page illustrations were carried out by Ley Kenyon. A scarce title especially in the dust wrapper.