• Unsigned
  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Released October 3, 1948

£90.00

Air Commodore Raymond asks Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Bertie to help in the hunt for a German submarine, U-517, believed to have a hoard of gold stolen from various allied ships during the war. Now the war is over the ruthless Captain of the U-boat, called Von Schonbeck, plans to keep the gold. Setting up a base at Kerguelen Island down towards the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere, our heroes have to find the Sub and then try to locate and recover the gold. Based in the middle of nowhere, with nothing between them and the South Pole, they are first alerted to the presence of the U-boat when it sinks their supply ship. Whilst trying to depth charge the submarine, Biggles and Ginger are shot down and later taken prisoner. Ginger saves Biggles from a firing squad before they manage to escape. With the help of some Norwegian sailors, the submarine is eventually trapped in its own secret harbour and its crew takes to the island. Biggles and his allies have to fight it out with them before Von Schonbeck meets a nasty fate in a bog. The dust cover of the book shows Biggles' seaplane flying over the submarine.

Book Condition & Notes

London, Hodder & Stoughton 1948. First Edition, 8vo. Publisher's cream cloth, titles in green. Dark cream pictorial dustjacket. Contains 11 illustrations by Stead, including title page and colour frontispiece. Some bumping to spine and corners. Minimal foxing to pages of text and page edges, otherwise clean. Very nice copy indeed.

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Captain W. E. Johns

Williams Earl Johns, born 1893, was an English First World War pilot, and writer of adventure stories, usually written under the pen name Capt. W. E. Johns.

He was the creator of the fictional air-adventurer Biggles. In his 46-year writing career (1922–68) he penned over 160 books, including nearly one hundred Biggles books, more than sixty other novels and factual books, and scores of magazine articles and short stories.

His first novel, Mossyface, was published in 1922 under the pen name "William Earle". After leaving the RAF, John became a newspaper air correspondent, as well as editing and illustrating books about flying. At the request of John Hamilton Ltd, he created the magazine Popular Flying which first appeared in March 1932. It was in the pages of this magazine that Biggles first appeared.

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Book Condition & Notes

London, Hodder & Stoughton 1948. First Edition, 8vo. Publisher's cream cloth, titles in green. Dark cream pictorial dustjacket. Contains 11 illustrations by Stead, including title page and colour frontispiece. Some bumping to spine and corners. Minimal foxing to pages of text and page edges, otherwise clean. Very nice copy indeed.

Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.


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