PILOTS of FIGHTER COMMAND
64 Portraits by Captain Cuthbert Orde
Harrap & Co Ltd First edition, first printing 1942.
The book is the first edition, quarto (25 x 19cm) with 32 pages of text and 64 plates bound in two tone blue and tan buckram. This is a clean and unmarked copy with no inscriptions or writing and the plates are in perfect condition. The book has a reproduction dustjacket in a protective cover which makes it look very smart.
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 and this copy is a really nice example. A fantastic addition to any aviation library.
A copy with an original dustjacket is also available – please enquire.