THE HOUSE OF STRATUS PAPERBACK BOOKS

TWELVE W.E. JOHNS BIGGLES BOOKS WERE PUBLISHED BY “HOUSE OF STRATUS”.

NINE OF THE BOOKS WERE PUBLISHED ON 30th SEPTEMBER 2001 AS BEING BY “W E JOHNS”

THESE NINE BOOKS WERE THEN LATER RE-PUBLISHED AS BEING BY “CAPTAIN W E JOHNS”

THREE FURTHER BOOKS WERE THEN PUBLISHED IN 2002.  THOSE THREE BOOKS WERE ONLY EVER BY “CAPTAIN W E JOHNS”

 

THE 12 BOOKS PUBLISHED WERE:-

 

1.  Biggles Takes a Holiday (1949)

2.  Biggles Breaks the Silence (1949)

3.  Biggles Gets His Men (1950)

4.  Biggles Works it Out (1951)

5.  Biggles of the Special Air Police (1953)

6.  Biggles and the Pirate Treasure and other stories (1954)

7.  Biggles of the Interpol (1957)

8.  Biggles on Mystery Island (1958)

9.  Biggles and the Missing Millionaire (1961)

10.  Biggles Flies to Work (1963)

11.  Biggles Sorts it Out (1967)

12.  The Boy Biggles (1968)

 

It was “Biggles of the Interpol”, “Biggles on Mystery Island” and “Biggles Sorts it Out” which were published in 2002 – and ONLY credited to “Captain W E Johns”

 

EACH BOOK LISTS 24 ADDITIONAL TITLES AS BEING AVAILABLE – NOT REFERRING TO THE TITLE OF THE BOOK IN WHICH THE LIST APPEARS

THIS WOULD INDICATE THAT 25 HOUSE OF STRATUS BIGGLES BOOKS WERE PUBLISHED - BUT ONLY 12 WERE EVER PRINTED AND THEY CAN BE SEEN BELOW

 

THE 13 OTHER TITLES REFERRED TO WERE, I BELIEVE, NEVER PRINTED (IF ANYBODY CLAIMS TO HAVE ONE – I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SCAN!)

 

1.  Biggles Takes the Case (1952)

2.  No Rest for Biggles (1956)

3.  Biggles Takes Charge (1956)

4.  Biggles Makes Ends Meet (1957)

5.  Biggles on the Home Front (1957)

6.  Biggles Sets a Trap (1962)

7.  Biggles Takes it Rough (1963)

8.  Biggles Takes a Hand (1963)

9.  Biggles’ Special Case (1963)

10.  Biggles and the Plane that Disappeared (1963)

11.  Biggles Looks Back (1965)

12.  Biggles Scores a Bull (1965)

13.  Biggles Sees Too Much (1970)

 

(I have seen reference to the publication of BIGGLES TAKES THE CASE in December 2002 with an ISBN of 0-7551-0731-4 and it is POSSIBLE that this was published.

I have a copy of a different Biggles ‘House of Stratus’ book where a previous owner has written “got” by the House of Stratus title “Biggles Takes the Case”.

 It is, however, entirely possible that they are referring to a version of the book published by a different publisher and were just noting that they had that particular title.)

 

1714 0-7551-0713-6
Biggles & The Missing Millionaire Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1715 0-7551-0714-4
Biggles & The Pirate Treasure Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1716 0-7551-0715-2
Biggles & The Plane That Disappeared Johns, W E


1717 0-7551-0716-0
Biggles Breaks The Silence Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1718 0-7551-0717-9
Biggles Flies To Work
Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1821 0-7551-0820-5
Biggles Gets His Men Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1719 0-7551-0718-7
Biggles Looks Back Johns, W E

1720 0-7551-0719-5
Biggles Makes Ends Meet Johns, W E

1721 0-7551-0720-9
Biggles Of The Interpol
Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1722 0-7551-0721-7
Biggles Of The Special Air Police Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1723 0-7551-0722-5
Biggles On Mystery Island
Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1724 0-7551-0723-3
Biggles On The Home Front
Johns, W E


1725 0-7551-0724-1
Biggles Scores A Bull
Johns, W E


1726 0-7551-0725-X
Biggles Sees Too Much
Johns, W E


1727 0-7551-0726-8
Biggles Sets A Trap Johns, W E

1728 0-7551-0727-6
Biggles Sorts It Out
Johns, W E

1730 0-7551-0729-2
Biggles Takes A Hand Johns, W E

1731 0-7551-0730-6
Biggles Takes A Holiday Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1733 0-7551-0732-2
Biggles Takes Charge Johns, W E

1734 0-7551-0733-0
Biggles Takes It Rough Johns, W E

1732 0-7551-0731-4
Biggles Takes The Case Johns, W E

1735 0-7551-0734-9
Biggles Works It Out Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1729 0-7551-0728-4
Biggles' Special Case Johns, W E

1736 0-7551-0735-7
Boy Biggles The Johns, W E
30-Sep-01
6.99

1737 0-7551-0736-5
No Rest For Biggles Johns, W E

 

THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS – ONE CREDITED TO “W. E. JOHNS” AND ONE TO “CAPTAIN W. E. JOHNS”

 

 

 

BOTH ARE 204 PAGES (the “W. E. Johns” version is significantly thicker)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Works it Out – Special Air Police

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version the same 6 books are illustrated but the last two are transposed.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

THIS SHOWS THE REAR COVERS AND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO VERSIONS

THE "W. E. JOHNS” VERSION IS TO THE LEFT AND THE “CAPTAIN” VERSION TO THE RIGHT

 

 

01   BIGGLES TAKES A HOLIDAY – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

 

 

BOTH ARE 156 PAGES (the “W. E. Johns” version is significantly thicker)

The rear cover of the W. E. Johns version illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Flies to Work – Takes a Holiday – Works it Out – Special Air Police

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version these 6 books are NOT illustrated but there is the synopsise and order form.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

02   BIGGLES BREAKS THE SILENCE – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

BOTH ARE 166 PAGES (the “W. E. Johns” version is significantly thicker)

The rear cover of the W. E. Johns version illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Takes a Holiday – Works it Out

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version these 6 books are NOT illustrated but there is the synopsise and order form.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

03   BIGGLES GETS HIS MEN – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

BOTH ARE 174 PAGES (the “W. E. Johns” version is significantly thicker)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Takes a Holiday – Special Air Police

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version the same 6 books are illustrated but the last two are transposed.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

04   BIGGLES WORKS IT OUT – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

BOTH ARE 184 PAGES (the “W. E. Johns” version is significantly thicker)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Takes a Holiday – Works it Out

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version the same 6 books are illustrated.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

05   BIGGLES OF THE SPECIAL AIR POLICE – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

BOTH ARE 167 PAGES (the “W. E. Johns” version is significantly thicker)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Takes a Holiday – Works it Out – Special Air Police

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version the same 6 books are illustrated but Special Air Police is the fourth picture.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

06   BIGGLES AND THE PIRATE TREASURE – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

THIS HAS 164 PAGES (there is only a “Captain W. E. Johns” version as far as I am aware)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Special Air Police – Takes a Holiday

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

Printing information in the book says

 “This edition published in  2002 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

07   BIGGLES OF THE INTERPOL – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

THIS HAS 167 PAGES (there is only a “Captain W. E. Johns” version as far as I am aware)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Special Air Police – Takes a Holiday

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

Printing information in the book says

 “This edition published in  2002 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

09   BIGGLES ON MYSTERY ISLAND – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

BOTH ARE 148 PAGES (they are the same thickness but the “Captain W. E. Johns” version is missing the author’s name from the front of the book and the short story synopsise written above the aircraft(!)

 However “Captain W. E. Johns” does appear on the spine of the book)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Takes a Holiday – Works it Out – Special Air Police

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version the same 6 books are illustrated but Special Air Police is the fourth picture.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

09   BIGGLES AND THE MISSING MILLIONAIRE – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

BOTH ARE 141 PAGES (the “W. E. Johns” version is significantly thicker)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Takes a Holiday – Works it Out – Special Air Police

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version these 6 books are NOT illustrated but there is the synopsise and order form.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

10   BIGGLES FLIES TO WORK – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

THIS HAS 158 PAGES (there is only a “Captain W. E. Johns” version as far as I am aware)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Special Air Police – Takes a Holiday

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of the 6 books pictured and an order form.

Printing information in the book says

 “This edition published in  2002 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

 

11   BIGGLES SORTS IT OUT – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

BOTH ARE 148 PAGES (they are the same thickness)

The rear cover illustrates 6 other books in the series

Missing Millionaire – Pirate Treasure – Breaks the Silence – Flies to Work – Takes a Holiday – Works it Out

At the back of the book is the short synopsise of  6 books but NOT the 6 pictured (!)

There is a synopsise of Special Air Police but no picture and no synopsise of Works it Out which is pictured.

In the “Captain W. E. Johns” version these 6 books are NOT illustrated but there is the synopsise  of the same six books as in the W. E. Johns version and the usual order form.

Printing information in both says

 “This edition published in  2001 by House of Stratus, an imprint of House of Stratus Ltd”

The inner pages refer to 24 other Biggles titles as being published by the House of Stratus.

 

 

 

12   THE BOY BIGGLES – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST EDITION

 

 

 

EACH BOOK CONTAINED BRIEF NOTES ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND IN THE “W. E. JOHNS” VERSION IT READ AS FOLLOWS:-

 

William Earl Johns was born in 1893 in Hertfordshire.  He served as a machine-gunner in the First World War, and from 1918 as a fighter pilot in France.  He stayed with the RAF until 1931 as a flight instructor and a recruiting officer.  W. E. Johns started his civilian career as a skilful aviation artist and illustrator for magazines and books.  When he became a writer, he added “Captain” to his name.  In the early 1930s he created his most famous hero, James Bigglesworth – ‘Biggles’.  Based on his own war experiences, Johns’ character was an immediate success and he became an immensely popular boys’ hero.  In all, W E Johns wrote ninety-eight Biggles books, but he was also a successful writer of other novels and non-fiction.  Due to the success of Biggles, he was asked by the Air Ministry to create a female pilot to stimulate recruitment to the WAAF, so he invented another character, ‘Worrals’.  W E Johns died in 1968.”

The passage above is taken from the “W. E. Johns” version of the books and contains a couple of errors which I have highlighted in red.

 

WHEN THE “CAPTAIN W. E. JOHNS” VERSION WAS PRINTED, THE ERRORS MADE ABOVE WERE CORRECTED SO THAT IT READ:-

William Earl Johns was born in 1893 in Hertfordshire.  He served as a machine-gunner in the First World War, and from 1918 as a BOMBER pilot in France.  He stayed with the RAF until 1927 as a RECRUITING OFFICER.  W. E. Johns started his civilian career as a skilful aviation artist and illustrator for magazines and books.  When he became a writer, he added “Captain” to his name.  In the early 1930s he created his most famous hero, James Bigglesworth – ‘Biggles’.  Based on his own FIRST WORLD war experiences, Johns’ character was an immediate success and he became an immensely popular boys’ hero.  In all, CAPTAIN W E Johns wrote ninety-SIX Biggles books, but he was also a successful writer of other novels and non-fiction.  Due to the success of Biggles, he was asked by the Air Ministry to create a female pilot to stimulate recruitment to the WAAF, so he invented another character, ‘Worrals’ (JOAN WORRALSON) A PILOT.  W E Johns died in 1968.”

 

 

 

BELOW IS A PICTURE OF THE SPINES OF THESE 12 DIFFERENT BOOKS

NOTE THE SIZE OF THE FONT ON THE TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE BOOKS

 

 

 

 

AND FINALLY…. THE ORIGINAL “BIGGLES WINGS” LOGO THAT APPEARS ON ALL OF THESE BOOKS WAS ESPECIALLY

CREATED FOR THEM BY A GRAPHIC DESIGNER WHO HAD AN ORIGINAL EMBROIDERED LOGO PROFESSIONALLY MADE.

 I OWN THIS ORIGINAL EMBROIDERY.  I BOUGHT IT FROM THE GRAPHIC ARTIST WHO CREATED IT.

 

 

 

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