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1 'McScotch'. (Lt. William MacLanachan.) FIGHTER PILOT.
London George Routledge 1936 First Edition Hard Cover Good 
248 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs (some aerial), fold-out map at rear (collated). "This book consists of the reminiscences of an ordinary fighter pilot of the R.F.C. who had the privilege of serving with one of the leading Fighter Squadrons and who had the honour of being the friend of the supreme fighter of all the Air Forces, that indomitable and lovable patriot, 'Mick' Mannock, V.C., D.S.O., M.C." Faint erased pencil marks at top corner of free front endpaper. book is very slightly cocked, browning to edges of text block, a few faint soiling marks on top of text block ad at top of fore-edge of text block, small light bump to bottom corner of rear board, light wrinkling and very light wear at top/bottom of spine, slight fading/browning to spine color, 5" thin light rub/soiling mark down spine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
2 Bowyer, Chaz. BOMBER BARONS.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire Leo Cooper 2001 085052802X / 9780850528022 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
222 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "By the end of the Second World War, a grim total of 55,000 air crew of Bomber Command has lost their lives. This figure comprised no less than seventy per cent of RAF fatalities. Yet, unlike their more glamorous fighter pilot colleagues, very few bomber pilots or crewmen were familiar household names to the general public. However, within the ranks of the RAF itself, some individuals stood out gaining high reputations for their courage and leadership, a respect achieved regardless of the decorations they had won or the number of sorties flown. These were the 'Bomber Barons'. In this authoritative book, (the author) chooses a selection of these men. Some like Leonard Cheshire, Guy Gibson and Hughie Edwards, are today well known but others such as Nick Knilans, Syd Clayton and Jo Lancaster, are familiar only to those 'in the know'. For each, the author details their careers and relates episodes that reflect the qualities that made them outstanding. At the same time, the reader learns of the unfolding dramatic development of Bomber Command from the comparatively uncoordinated, non-cohesive raids of the early part of the war to the highly-trained and deadly offensive weapon it became under Sir Arthur Harris, from 1942 AOC-in-C of Bomber Command, and the Greatest Baron of them all." Small very light stain in margin of page 16. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, a few very tiny dints, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Burrs, Mick. (Inscribed by author on free front endpaper.) DARK HALO.
Coteau, (Regina, SK, 1993). 
103 pp, 8vo, soft cover. LARGE INSCRIPTION BY AUTHOR ON FREE FRONT ENDPAPER. "Hitler and Stalin stalk these poems. Mick Burrs examines the Fuehrer's love of King Kong. He probes Stalin's relationship with his washerwoman mother, who knew him as her little 'ZoZo'. He confronts the kind of mind that can reduce individuals to political symbols or mere numbers. But tyrants are not only found in political office. He sees a direct connection between the rise of the modern dictator and the phe onomenon of the multiple murderer. 'Every multiple murderer is a miniature tyrant,' Burrs writes; 'he only lacks an enormous arsenal, a loyal following, and a sacred cause'." Interior - clean and tight. Exterior - minor edgewear/rubbi n g , s p i n e i s flat and uncreased. VG+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
PALLY ARCHIE THE MIDGET CLOWN., Claxton, Patricia and Dooner, Faith.
4 Claxton, Patricia and Dooner, Faith. PALLY ARCHIE THE MIDGET CLOWN.
Routledge and Kegan Paul. 
155 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Charming b&w illustrations. "This is the story of an ageless midget clown, of his trials and tribulations and eventual triumphs, told in a series of adventures. His origin is obscure, but his fondness for circus life and his obvious skill as a performer gives a hint as to his probably beginnings...He has a wonderful capacity for friendship and proves himself a reliable and loyal companion. Though mischievouness, at times, gets the upper hand, he never wittingly does any person or animal any harm. By his own merits he achieves his ambition of appearing in print and of being summoned to appear at a command performance. And in spite of his acquired wealth and fame, the encouragment and appreciations of his friends are his greatest rewards." Partial small number stamp on free front endpaper, title page missing, minor edge wear, very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket is clipped, has several small tears and tiny chips, very light browning, light rubbing, light edge wear. Good reading copy only. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
ENSOR'S ENDEAVOUR:  A BIOGRAPHY OF WING COMMANDER MICK ENSOR DSO & BAR, DFC & BAR, AFC, RNZAF & RAF., Orange, Vincent.  (Mick Ensor.)
5 Orange, Vincent. (Mick Ensor.) ENSOR'S ENDEAVOUR: A BIOGRAPHY OF WING COMMANDER MICK ENSOR DSO & BAR, DFC & BAR, AFC, RNZAF & RAF.
London Grub Street 1994 0898697043 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine John Crisp, dust jacket art. 
190 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps. Mick Ensor "learned to fly in New Zealand and joined 500 Squadron at Bircham Newton, Norfolk in 1941. Having survived several dangerous operations in Blenheims over the North Sea and the French coast, Mick first earned fame on his second Hudson operation in January, 1942, attacking three German ships at mast height. During 1942, he hunted U-boats over the Atlantic from Stornoway and then took part in Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. Mick destroyed U-259 on 15 November in one of the war's most dramatic attacks. After six months at Coastal Command HQ, sharing his front-line experience with experts conducting the vital Battle of the Atlantic, Mick returned to operations with 224 Squadron in July 1943. After the war, Mick flew 200 mission in the Berlin Airlift and served for a couple of years with the US Navy, flying patrols off the Russian and Japanese coasts during the Korean War. He flew jets and gliders with equal aplomb before returning home to New Zealand in 1967." Dust jacket has minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THEY FOUGHT FOR THE SKY: THE DRAMATIC STORY OF THE FIRST WAR IN THE AIR., Reynolds, Quentin
6 Reynolds, Quentin THEY FOUGHT FOR THE SKY: THE DRAMATIC STORY OF THE FIRST WAR IN THE AIR.
Toronto Clark, Irwin 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Fair John T. McCoy, Jr., dust jacket art. 
304pp., 8vo (8 5/8" H). B&w photographs. Dust jacket painting by famed aviation artist John T. McCoy, Jr. portraying a dogfight between a Sopwith Camel and a Fokker Triplane. "In four short years, man developed to terrible perfection the ability to kill and destroy in the lonely battlefield of the sky. In 1913, flying machines were little more than toys and the men who built them and who flew them were regarded, at best, as amiable eccentrics; by 1918, however, the lightly regarded airplane had become a potent war machine, and the men who flew were international heroes. This great war-adventure story is told here dramatically and with powerful immediacy by one of our best war reporters. It is the story of the birth of air power, but more, it is the story of 'those gallant young men of a luckless generation, most of whom flew to glorious martrydom.' The names of the great aces are still remembered today: Richenbacker, Billy Bishop, Richthofen, James McCudden, Fokker, Roy Brown, Lufbery and scores of others. Their personal stories are all here. Mr. Reynolds has also included the technical developments of World War I, the great Zeppelin raids on London, the Lafayette Escadrille and, most exciting of all, the hundreds of dogfights over No Man's Land, which, strangely enough, unexpectedly brought about the return of the ancient concept of the duel to warfare along with a code of chivalry obsolete for centuries." Small slight bump on fore-edge of text block, browning to edges of text block and edges of boards, tiny bump to front board corners. Dust jacket has light edge wear, chips and tears with creases/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing and soiling - mainly on rear panel, one small old tape stain on inside of spine - now protected in removable mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CAFE RACERS OF THE 1960s:  MACHINES, RIDERS AND LIFESTYLE - A PICTORIAL REVIEW.  MICK WALKER ON MOTORCYCLES 1., Walker, Mick.
7 Walker, Mick. CAFE RACERS OF THE 1960s: MACHINES, RIDERS AND LIFESTYLE - A PICTORIAL REVIEW. MICK WALKER ON MOTORCYCLES 1.
London Windrow & Greene 1994 1872004199 / 9781872004198 Soft Cover Near Fine 
96 pp, 10 3/16" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "Various events contrived to bring about the cafe racer era, together with the advent of the rocker - and subsequently mod - cults. New motorcycles such a s the BSA Gold Star singles and Star twins, Norton Dominator, Royal Enfield Meteor and Constellation, Triumph Tiger 110 and Thunderbird and Velocette Venom created a new breed of enthusiast, while films such as Marlon Brando's 'The Wild One' expressed, albeit in somewhat extreme form, the biker-as-rebel philosophy. Add to this the potency of that biggest of all pop music phenomena, rock'n'roll, an increasing affluence and the mushrooming 'youth culture', and the ingredients were all in place. Famed motorcycle author Mick Walker provides a fascinating re-creation of the era, packed with period photos of the machines and their riders, with information on technical and design features, clothing and accessories, and the cafe racer lifestyle which aroused fervent enthusiasm and stern disapproval in equal measure. To read this book is to enter a period which has become part of motorcycle folklore." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny laminate scuff on rear cover, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
CAFE RACERS OF THE 1960s:  MACHINES, RIDERS AND LIFESTYLE - A PICTORIAL REVIEW.  MICK WALKER ON MOTORCYCLES 1., Walker, Mick.
8 Walker, Mick. CAFE RACERS OF THE 1960s: MACHINES, RIDERS AND LIFESTYLE - A PICTORIAL REVIEW. MICK WALKER ON MOTORCYCLES 1.
London Windrow & Greene 1994 1872004199 / 9781872004198 Soft Cover Fine 
96 pp, 10 3/16" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "Various events contrived to bring about the cafe racer era, together with the advent of the rocker - and subsequently mod - cults. New motorcycles such a s the BSA Gold Star singles and Star twins, Norton Dominator, Royal Enfield Meteor and Constellation, Triumph Tiger 110 and Thunderbird and Velocette Venom created a new breed of enthusiast, while films such as Marlon Brando's 'The Wild One' expressed, albeit in somewhat extreme form, the biker-as-rebel philosophy. Add to this the potency of that biggest of all pop music phenomena, rock'n'roll, an increasing affluence and the mushrooming 'youth culture', and the ingredients were all in place. Famed motorcycle author Mick Walker provides a fascinating re-creation of the era, packed with period photos of the machines and their riders, with information on technical and design features, clothing and accessories, and the cafe racer lifestyle which aroused fervent enthusiasm and stern disapproval in equal measure. To read this book is to enter a period which has become part of motorcycle folklore." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DUCATI 2-VALVE V-TWINS:  THE COMPLETE STORY., Walker, Mick.
9 Walker, Mick. DUCATI 2-VALVE V-TWINS: THE COMPLETE STORY.
Crowood, Marlborough, 2000, first edition. 
176 pp, large 8vo (9 15/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1861263090 Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour. "The first Ducati V-twin, the prototype 750 GT, appeared in the summer of 1970. Since then the type has carved itself a special p lace in motorcycle history, on both the road and track....although majoring on models built from 1985 onwards, (this book) effectively charts the rise of the famous 90-degree V-twin from its earliest days to its current cult status. The ori g i n a l e n gine featured bevel-driven overhead camshafts, with or without the marque's legendary Desmo valve operation. Currently all Ducati V-twins employ both belt-driven overhead cams (pioneered by the Pantah series introduced at the end of th e 19 70 s) an d Desmo valve gear. The 2-valve family, which includes such well-known models as the F1/F3, Paso, Monster, Super Sport and ST2, is very much the affordable face of Ducati. Here, top-selling author and Italian bike specialist Mick Wa lk er cha rts the f ull story of these charismatic machines, including their design and development. Besides the technical detail, Mick Walker also introduces the personalities involved in the evolution of the Ducati 2-valve V-twin story, men suc h a s M assi mo B o rdi, Pi erre Terblanche, Fabio Taglioni, Paul Smart and Tony Rutter, to name but a few." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear, very light rubbing . Ne ar F ine/ Very Good 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
MOTO GUZZI V-TWINS., Walker, Mick.
10 Walker, Mick. MOTO GUZZI V-TWINS.
Crowood, Marlborough, 1998, first edition. 
192 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1861261802 Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour. "Over almost eight decades, Moto Guzzi has built just about every engine configuration possible: singles, twins, triples, fours and even a V-8. However, for the last three decades one engine layout has dominated the Italian company's activities on both road and track - the 90-degree V-twin. Best selling author Mick Walker charts the full history of this unique family of motorc ycles, drawing upon his vast experience of the Italian industry, both as a dealer and importer. (Covers:) Background history of the company; Complete development history through to today's models; Full specifications; Fully illustrated with c o l o u r and black and white photographs." Tiny scuff on bottom edge of bothe boards. Dust jacket has minor dint on front hinge and minor rubbing. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 75.00 USD
 


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