Biggles Flies Again; Author of The Camels Are Coming

JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Biggles Flies Again; Author of The Camels Are Coming.

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JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Biggles Flies Again; Author of The Camels Are Coming. London; John Hamilton, Ltd., London W.C.1 [1935].

8vo.; original mid-blue cloth boldly titled in gilt to spine and upper cover, top edges blue, in original pictorial dustwrapper with glorious wrap-around design; pp. [viii], 9-224 + 35-page illustrated publisher's catalogue printed in half-tones, advertising books planned for Autumn 1936, although only listing Biggles titles up to and including The Black Peril (1935) with no mention of other titles published in that year such as Biggles Flies East or Biggles Hits the Trail; with a full colour frontispiece and 4 plates in half-tones; a very good copy with a touch of sunning, slight dust-soiling, and a little rubbing, to cloth and a small bruise to bottom forecorner of lower board; internally clean and sound throughout, without ownership marks or inscriptions, presented in the striking, unclipped dustwrapper (3/6) which has undergone some truly expert and impressive restoration involving replacement along a narrow, slightly irregular, strip at head of spine (to a maximum depth of 1.8cm) and larger expert replacement to tail of spine (to a maximum depth of 3cm), the work now totally imperceptible from above and, only apparent by close inspection on the reverse side; a remarkably scarce title in the original jacket, which is invariably replaced with a facsimile.
Very early edition in the first issue dustwrapper, priced 3/6, later overprinted 4/- This is only the fourth Biggles story. In this adventure Captain James Bigglesworth and colleagues find themselves stranded in British Guiana and decide to work their way back to England with the aid of a Vickers amphibious vehicle. Other highlights include the rescue of a South American President's daughter who is being held to ransom.

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