octavo, (vxi), 303 pp. A penetrating study of Britainís top fighter ace in the Great War. Ira Jonesí biography of Britainís top scoring ace of World War I has become the subject of some controversy over the last few years, most notably as it is the source of the claim of 73 "kills" for Mannock, thereby making him the number one scoring Allied Ace of the war. Later research has thrown serious doubt on this claim and indeed Mannock himself only claimed 51 kills. Jonesís biography is nevertheless an important account, especially when seen in the context of the time in which it was first written. In particular the biography delves into the mind of Mannock, portraying the singular nature of his character and the true stress that these pioneer air fighters experienced in the last few months of the war. Illustrated with photographs. Damp stain to lower portion of the fore-edge of the front cover, spine discolored, small name on front endpaper. The fragile dust jacket has several chips along edges and the spine is darkened. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: King of Air Fighters. The Biography of Major...
Publisher: (1936) Ivor Nicholson & Watson,
Binding: tan cloth in dust jacket.
Edition: Reprint of the Cheap Edition..
Book Description Ivor Nicholson & Watson Limited., 1936. Book Condition: Good. In black cloth binding with title on the spine, some fading to spine, no dustjacket, very minor shelfwear to covers and extremities, contents fine. Bookseller Inventory # 036406-7
Book Description Nicholson & Watson, London. Paper. Book Condition: Fair. Reprint. Undated, but about 1940. 192 pages in a popular paperback format with a coloured front cover illustration by Dennis McLoughlin. The covers are somewhat rubbed and dusty with a 1" tear and a smal chip at the foot of the front panel. The book was first published in 1934. This reprint appears to have been issued in about 1940 as a morale booster. Very hagiographic, but very evocative. Size: 4½" x 7". Bookseller Inventory # 009259
Book Description 'First Cheap Ed.,' 1936. Xv + 303 pp., frontis., guarded., + 8 photo & other plates. Black cloth; red title & small ill., of plane to front; 22 x 14cm. V.G. Published in 1936, this is the exciting story of the staunch socialist who became Britainís most successful fighter pilot of the First World War. Known as the Ďace with one eyeí, Edward Mannockís engineering background became a crucial factor in his surviving seventeen months of deadly fighting high above the trenches. Indeed, he was the first Allied airman to realise the supreme importance of applying tactics to formation flying. This book covers in detail Mannock's learning to fly and first tour of duty in France with No. 40 Squadron; and his second tour of duty in France with Nos. 74 and 85 Squadrons. Illustrated with a frontispiece and eight plates. Bookseller Inventory # C127B418
Book Description Published by Ivor Nicholson and Watson Ltd., 7 Paternoster Row, London, First Cheap Edition . 1936., 1936. First cheap edition hard back binding in publisher's original black cloth covers, red and black title and author block lettering to the spine, red bi-plane to the front cover. 8vo. 8½'' x 6''. Contains 303 printed pages of text with 9 monochrome photographic plates. Foxing to the end papers. Very Good condition book in Good condition dust wrapper which has 25 mm square piece of paper missing to the top of the spine, corners are chipped, not price clipped 5/-. The book has 7 [3 to the title page and 4 to the rear end paper] RFC / RAF related signatures, but not researched. This dust wrapper differs from the first edition dust wrapper in that it is a water colour illustration of an aerial battle, as opposed to the formal portrait and text of the first edition. Period newspaper clippings showing Edward Mannock loosely inserted. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, it does not adhere to the book or to the dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A. ROYAL AIR FORCE (RAF). Bookseller Inventory # 86854