MY SIGNED W.E. JOHNS BOOK COLLECTION – CURRENTLY 21 BOOKS

by Roger Harris

 

The Camels are Coming was published on 7th September 1932

This signed first edition was dedicated by Johns to C. M. Down – More about C. M. Down here

Any 1st edition of ‘The Camels are Coming’ is exceptionally rare.  This signed 1st edition may even be a unique survivor.  It really is the ‘Holy Grail’ of Biggles collecting

 

 

 

 

Fighting Planes and Aces was published in November 1932

This signed first edition may have been one of the 100 advertised in Popular Flying here

 

 

 

 

Biggles Flies East (Pyramid) has plates saying published in 1935

However, the dust jacket lists Biggles books on the back that were published in 1937

 

 

 

 

The Passing Show was published in September 1937

There are numerous signed copies of this book.  The reason can be found here.  This is 1 of 5 I own

 

 

The Passing Show was published in September 1937

There are numerous signed copies of this book.  The reason can be found here. This is 2 of 5 I own

 

 

The Passing Show was published in September 1937

There are numerous signed copies of this book.  The reason can be found here. This is 3 of 5 I own

 

 

The Passing Show was published in September 1937

There are numerous signed copies of this book.  The reason can be found here. This is 4 of 5 I own

 

 

The Passing Show was published in September 1937

There are numerous signed copies of this book.  The reason can be found here. This is 5 of 5 I own

 

 

 

 

Biggles Secret Agent was originally published in May 1940

However, this particular version, with a newly designed dust jacket, was first published in 1960

 

 

 

 

Worrals Flies Again was originally published in September 1942

However, this particular signed edition was the third impression published in June 1948

 

 

 

 

Biggles Delivers the Goods was originally published in April 1946

However, this particular signed edition was the second impression published in November 1948

 

 

 

 

Gimlet Comes Home was originally published in December 1946

This particular signed edition must have just been published when Johns gave it as a Christmas gift

 

 

 

 

Gimlet Comes Home was originally published in December 1946

However, this version, “A Star Book”, a third edition, was published in 1952

 

 

 

 

Sergeant Bigglesworth C.I.D. was published on 18th August 1947

This particular signed first edition also has a gift inscription that is dated the month of publication

 

 

 

 

Gimlet’s Oriental Quest was published on 26th November 1948

You can read the backstory of this particular book here – it guarantees the autograph is genuine

 

 

 

 

Short Sorties was originally published in May 1950

This particular first edition has a lovely inscription by the author ….. but it is not actually signed!

 

 

 

 

Biggles Follows On was originally published on 14th June 1952

Johns would nearly always sign on the flyleaf of the book – unless the book has a map or something printed on the flyleaf.  This book has lost its flyleaf, so Johns has signed on the title page.

 

 

 

 

The First Biggles Omnibus was published on 24th September 1953

However, this particular signed edition was the second impression published in 1955

 

 

 

 

Biggles at Worlds End was originally published in December 1959

This signed first edition is dedicated to Mrs. M. Squire “for a lot of hard work” in Nov. 1960.

 

 

 

 

Biggles and the Penitent Thief was published in September 1967

You can read the backstory of this particular book here – it was a pair with the book below

 

 

 

 

Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea was published in February 1968

You can read the backstory of this particular book here – it was a pair with the book above

Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea is exceptionally rare signed, this book may even be unique.  It was published in February 1968 and W. E. Johns died on 21st June 1968

 

 

 

 

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