PILOTS of FIGHTER COMMAND
64 Portraits by Captain Cuthbert Orde
With Original Dustjacket
Harrap & Co Ltd First edition, 1942. 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 copy and the plates are in perfect condition. The book has its original and very scarce dustjacket. The jacket is nearly complete with a small amount of loss at the top and bottom of the spine and a little edge-wear. It has a reproduction dustjacket overlaid and consequently the book looks very smart in a protective cover. This is an impressive copy.
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.