COBHAM, Sir Alan Skyways. London, Nisbet & Co., .
8vo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover in blind; pp. x, 314; plates after photographs; light marking to cloth, two plates with a few folds, occasional spotting or browning.
Inceasingly hard to find first edition of this early personal narrative by a commercial pilot flying in Britain, Europe and the Maghreb. Sir Alan Cobham was a British aviation pioneer, who after WW1 was demobilized from the Royal Flying Corps and stuck with flying and airplanes. 'During his incredible lifetime, Sir Alan Cobham pioneered long distance flight and aircraft technology. He became famous for his exploits in the interwar years by making civil aviation accessible and popular throughout the world. His legacy lives on today through his company, which now bears his name' (Royal Airforce Museum, exhibition notes of 2015, online).