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by W.E. Johns

Illustrated by Andrew Skilleter

Published by Norman Wright. 1st. 2009

Fine condition in a fine dustwrapper. The stories in "Biggles Learns to Fly" originally appeared in 1934 in the pages of Modern Boy. When they were collected for publication in the Boys Friend Library, the following year, an editorial hand was responsible for many small textual changes and the complete re-writing of one of the adventures. When the collections was published by Brockhampton Press in 1955 again the corrupted text was used. In this edition the stories are as published in the Modern Boy accompanied by the original illustrations. Black boards, gilt title to spine. Limited to 300 copies.

This is copy no. 23.

Stock no. 1318342

Price £110.00

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  • A collection of 12 short stories from Biggles' very first days as a pilot. In reading order this book would be second after Biggles Goes to School. The book is notable for introducing Colonel Raymond, then Major Raymond, who involves Biggles in some of his espionage war effort. Full of World War I stories.
  • Stories as original published in Boy's Freind Library No. 469 and serialized in Modern Boy Magazine:
  • * Biggles Learns to fly
  • * Biggles First Flight
  • * Biggles the Scout
  • * Spy in the Sky
  • * Crashed flyers
  • * The Laughing Spy
  • * Biggles' bull's eye
  • * Biggles' Big battle
  • * Biggles' surprise packet
  • * Biggles' revenge
  • * Knight of the Sky
  • The stories were then revised by Johns and re-issued in 1955 by Brockhampton press, Two stories were left out as they have already been printed in 1955 in Biggles of 266.
  • * First Time Up!
  • * Landed - but Lost
  • * The Boat for France
  • * Battle
  • * Plots and Plans
  • * Late for Dinner
  • * A Daring Stunt
  • * Special Mission
  • * Eyes of the Guns
  • * The Camera
  • * The 'Show'
  • * Dirty Work
  • * The Pup's First Flight
  • * Caught Napping
  • * The Yellow Hun
  • * The Dawn Patrol
  • Please note later editions may not contain the story you are looking for, please check with us first if you are looking for a particular story.

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