The Royal Flying Corps in the War by "Wing Adjutant" 1st / 1st 1918
London: Cassell and Company, Ltd (1918). First UK edition with its scarce dust wrapper. The wrapper is notoriously fragile and so this is a real rarity for there to be only a small amount of loss to the spine and in general minor wear to the corners and edges. There is a small tear to the top right of the front panel. The book’s boards have some patchy fading marks and browning to the first couple of pages. Otherwise both the book and wrapper are in very good condition.
The striking imagery on the front of the dust wrapper is of British and German planes locked in battle and this has been illustrated by G.H. Tavis. Wing Adjutant was the pseudonym of Wilfred Blake, aviation pioneer. This is one of two titles that he penned about the first world war, the other being ‘Plane Tales of the Sky’. This is part biographical part fiction. Some have been experiences of the writer, more of other members of the Royal Flying Corps blended with fictional tales.
Blake would go on to lead an early and ultimately doomed attempt to fly around the world in 1922. This title is scarce in the dust wrapper.