Spitfire Books


A Biography by JE Morpurgo

Signed by Sir Barnes Wallis


    Signed on the title page by

    Sir Barnes Wallis

    Longman First Edition, third Impression 1972.  400 pages and well illustrated with photographs.

    Near Fine condition hardback book in a Fine condition dustjacket.  The book is clean, bright and square with a sturdy binding; the only reason it isn’t graded as Fine is that there are some light tape residue marks on the front and back end papers caused by a previous protective cover for the dustjacket.  Otherwise the book is in excellent shape.  The dustjacket is unclipped with some light edge wear and it looks very smart in its new protective cover.

    Sir Barnes Wallis CBE (1887 – 1979) was one of Britain’s greatest inventors most famous for developing the “bouncing bombs” used by 617 Squadron (“The Dam Busters”) to breach the Möhne and Eder dams in Germany in 1943. He also designed the geodetic structure for the Wellington bomber (and other aircraft) and designed the successful R.80 and R.100 airships. After 1945 and well into his eighties, he worked on supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, most notably those with variable-geometry wings.

    Morpurgo knew Wallis for forty years and this biography, based on Wallis’s huge collection of private and professional papers and on other sources, tells the public and private story of this extraordinary man.

    An exceptionally rare and collectable signed copy of this important biography.