SIMON, Edith. Wings Deceive. a novel. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, .
8vo. Original cloth with illustrated dust-wrapper (not price-clipped) most likely designed by Edith Simon, printed on the verso of the Bodley Head wrappers for Ancestor Jorico by William Locke; pp. 235; the rarely seen wrapper a little spotted and with marginal flaws, otherwise very good.
First edition, very rare. The German-born Edinburgh artist and writer Edith Simon (1917-2005) published her first book for adults, The Chosen in 1940; almost the entire print run was destroyed during the Blitz. This novel, just as rare, 'is the story of a writer in the R.A.F. [named Lawrence] … Her account of the raid on Berlin, necessarily an imagiantive reconstruction, is an astonishing tour de force. This is not a book to which anyone can be indifferent' (blurb inside front flap). Did the Air Ministry or Ministry of Defence intervene?
COPAC locates only four copies, in the British Library, the National Library of Wales, the National Library of Scotland, and at Oxford.