The BIG SHOW
The Greatest Pilot's Story of World War II
Signed by Pierre Clostermann DFC*
Bookplate with a mounted Pierre Clostermann signature
This old story of the type:
“There I was, nothing on the clock!!”
Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Updated edition 2004. 345 pages plus photographs
A Fine condition hardback book and dustjacket. As new.
The bookplate has an inscription and signature which was taken from a rather tatty paperback copy of ‘The Big Show’. It also comes with the remains of the postal packet, hand addressed by Clostermann and bearing a postmark of Montesquieu (Clostermann’s home town) dated 26/10/2000.
A magnificent pilot memoir based on a diary Clostermann kept throughout his war and this book has rightly become one of the classic accounts of the air war. Pierre Clostermann flew Spitfires and Tempests and survived over 420 operational sorties to become one of France’s top aces, a politician and her most highly decorated citizen.
When the book was originally published in 1951, paper rationing meant that the book had to be heavily cut. This updated edition has returned this classic first hand account of the air war to its original unabridged state.
A superb book with a highly collectable signature.