THE COLOURED HARDBACK PYRAMID FLYING JACKET REPRINTS

 

PAGE THREE OF EIGHT

 

 

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PUBLISHED EIGHT* VERSIONS OF THE PYRAMID HARDBACKS IN COLOURS OTHER THEN BLUE.

(*If you are aware of any others then please let me know)

 

THEY CAN BE SEEN HERE.

These books are so rare and hard to find that I only have five out of the eight in my collection and only one of those has the original flying jacket DJ, so the information I can give is limited.

(My thanks to my friend Ian Nouwens for supplying images of Co and Africa for me to display)

NB – Note that the author’s name “Captain W. E. Johns” does not feature on the front cover of “Biggles Hits the Trail” or “Biggles & Co” or “Biggles in Africa”, whereas it does on all the blue versions of the pyramid hardbacks

 

 

 

BIGGLES HITS THE TRAIL

 – TAN

Plates say reprinted 1941 by John Johnson

Colour frontispiece

Width 32 mm

One asterix (*) on the half title

 

BIGGLES & CO.

 – TAN

I don’t have this book.

I believe the printing plates say 1941

 

 

 

BIGGLES IN AFRICA

 – TAN

I don’t have this book.

I believe the printing plates say 1941

 

 

 

BIGGLES – AIR COMMODORE

 – BROWN

Plates say printed 1937 by John Johnson

Colour frontispiece

Width 38 mm

No asterix on the half title

 

BIGGLES GOES TO WAR

 – GREY/WHITE

Printing plates say printed 1942 by J & J Gray

Colour frontispiece

Width 34 mm

No asterix on the half title

 

BIGGLES IN SPAIN

 – TAN

Plates say reprinted 1942 by J & J Gray

Colour frontispiece

Width 35 mm

No asterix on the half title

 

BIGGLES IN SPAIN

 – GREY/WHITE

Plates say reprinted 1942 by J & J Gray

Colour frontispiece

Width 35 mm

No asterix on the half title

 

BIGGLES IN THE SOUTH SEAS

 – GREEN

Plates say printed 1940 by John Johnson

Colour frontispiece

Width 20 mm

Two asterix (**) on the half title

 

 

This above dust jacket shows 16 Biggles books on the rear.  This is all Biggles books published up to 1940 then two of the 1941 publications – “Biggles Defies the Swastika” and “Biggles Sees it Through”.  It does not refer to “Spitfire Parade” even though all three of those books were published in August 1941.  The books shown on the back cover tend to be the standard ones on the 1941 flying jacket dust wrapper even though this version of the book was published in 1942

 

THE FLYING JACKET DUST WRAPPER FOR THE WHITE/ GREY VERSION OF BIGGLES IN SPAIN

This jacket is price clipped but I believe it would have shown the usual two shillings price (2/-) in common with the other hardback “Pyramid” books.

 

I believe all of these books would have had similar dust jackets with the exception of “Biggles in the South Seas” which is shown below.

Note again the font made up of four lines.

 

 

Biggles in the South Seas is an unusual pyramid edition as it is not the usual thickness as can be seen from the measurements given above.

 

My copy is only approximately 20 mm wide.

 

You can see how thin the spine is when compared to the blue and grey versions of Biggles in Spain in these pictures (both 35 mm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dust jacket above now shows 17 Biggles books on the rear as “Biggles in the Jungle”, published May 1942, has been added.

The back still does not refer to “Spitfire Parade” even though that was published in August 1941.  The other books shown on the back cover are for other authors and they are the same as those shown on the 1942 flying jacket dust wrapper for “Biggles in Spain” above.

 

THE FLYING JACKET DUST WRAPPER FOR THE GREEN VERSION OF BIGGLES IN THE SOUTH SEAS

This jacket is price clipped but I believe it would have shown the usual two shillings price (2/-) in common with the other hardback “Pyramid” books.

 

You will note the thinner spine although there are still the two aircraft illustrated on the spine.  One coming in to land and one on the ground.

The jacket was too big for the book and hence overlapped.

 

 

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