SHUTE, Nevil. In the Wet. London: William Heinemann, 1953.
Crown 8vo. Original red cloth; backstrip lettered in gilt; pictorial dustwrapper with wrap-around design by Biro; pp.[viii], 354, [iv]; a lovely example, slight rubbing to edges of cloth and a couple of spots to upper edge; jacket with some light creasing and nicks and one closed 3.5cm split to spine; still a superior example, the cover image fresh and vibrant.
First edition, featuring flying, the future, mystic states, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. An elderly clergyman stationed in the Australian bush is called to the bedside of a dying derelict. In his delirium he tells a story of England in 1983 through the medium of a squadron air pilot in the service of Queen Elizabeth II.