PILOTS of FIGHTER COMMAND
64 Portraits by Captain Cuthbert Orde
With Original Dustjacket
Harrap & Co Ltd First edition, reprint January 1943. The book is quarto (25 x 19cm) with 32 pages of text and 64 plates bound in two tone blue and tan buckram.
This is a Very Good condition clean and unmarked copy with no inscriptions or writing and the plates are in perfect condition. The book has its original and very scarce dustjacket. The jacket is complete with a small amount of loss at the top of the spine and a little edge-wear and it looks very smart in a protective cover.
Orde’s book is one of the most scarce and sought after of RAF books with its marvellous portraits of fighter pilots, many of which were sketched during the Battle of Britain. Amongst the 64 portraits are most of the famous names and the accompanying pen sketches also written by Orde give a superb contemporary insight into the characters of these men.
This is an iconic book which is exceptionally hard to find in any condition especially with its original dustjacket. A fantastic addition to any aviation library.