First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's original blue cloth with titles in gilt to the spine. Photograph of the author affixed to the front free endpaper above signature. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little marking to the boards and fading to the spine. The contents with a previous owner's blank, uninscribed bookplate and pencil inscription (W. H Ingrams – likely William Harold Ingrams (1897-1973), the British colonial administrator) to the front pastedown are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout.
Signed by Richard Hillary in black ink to the front free endpaper. The Anglo-Australian Royal Air Force fighter pilot Richard Hillary's (1919-1943) famous account of his service in the Second World War, specifically the Battle of Britain. Hillary's work met with instant acclaim, not only due to its lively depictions of the experiences of a spitfire pilot, but also for the quality of the writing and depth of its storytelling. Just a year after publication, on 8th January 1943, Hillary was killed when he crashed a Bristol Blenheim during a night training flight in adverse weather conditions in Berwickshire, making signed copies of his work particularly scarce.
Stock code: 21406