BIGGLES BOOK ORIGINAL PRICES

Until decimalization in 1971, Britain has a currency system where there were 240 pennies to a pound and twenty shillings to a pound. A shilling was therefore worth 12 pennies. Pre-decimalization, a sum would normally be written in Pounds, Shillings, Pence (written as £ S D). A "Crown" was 5 shillings but never generally used. They were only minted for special occasions. A "Half Crown" was 2 shillings and 6 pence. A "Florin" was 2 shillings and a "Double Florin" 4 shillings (although this was only minted for four years from 1886 to 1890 and hardly ever used thereafter). A "Ha'penny" was half a penny and a "Farthing" was a quarter of a penny. A Guinea was one pound and one shilling (21 shillings). A "Sixpence" was referred to as a "tanner" in slang and a "Shilling" was also referred to as a "bob". A three penny coin - "Threepence" was pronounced "Thrupence" and two single penny coins making "Twopence" was pronouced "Tupence". Coins after decimalization carried the term "New Pence" (removed in 1982) to differentiate them from old, pre-1971 decimal coins.

TITLE

ORIGINAL PRICE

OLD PENNIES

DECIMAL PRICE

1. The Camels are Coming - 1932

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

2. The Cruise of the Condor - 1933

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

3. Biggles of the Camel Squadron - 1934

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

4. Biggles Flies Again - 1934

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

5. The Black Peril - 1935

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

6. Biggles Learns to Fly - 1935

4d

4 old pennies

1.66p

7. Biggles Flies East - 1935

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

8. Biggles Hits the Trail - 1935

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

9. Biggles in France - 1935

4d

4 old pennies

1.66 p

10. Biggles & Co - 1936

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

11. Biggles in Africa - 1936

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

12. Biggles - Air Commodore - 1937

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

13. Biggles Flies West - 1937

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

14. Biggles Flies South - 1938

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

15. Biggles Goes to War - 1938

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

16. Biggles Flies North - 1939

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

17. The Rescue Flight - 1939

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

18. Biggles in Spain - 1939

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

19. Biggles - Secret Agent - 1940

4 Shillings and 0 d

48 old pennies

20.0 p

20. Biggles in the Baltic - 1940

4 Shillings and 0 d

48 old pennies

20.0 p

21. Biggles in the South Seas - 1940

4 Shillings and 0 d

48 old pennies

20.0 p

22. Biggles Defies the Swastika - 1941

4 Shillings and 0 d

48 old pennies

20.0 p

23. Biggles Sees it Through - 1941

4 Shillings and 0 d

48 old pennies

20.0 p

24. Spitfire Parade - 1941

4 Shillings and 0 d

48 old pennies

20.0 p

25. Biggles in the Jungle - 1942

5 Shillings and 0 d

60 old pennies

25.0 p

26. Biggles Sweeps the Desert - 1942

5 Shillings and 0 d

60 old pennies

25.0 p

27. Biggles - Charter Pilot - 1943

5 Shillings and 0 d

60 old pennies

25.0 p

28. Biggles in Borneo - 1943

5 Shillings and 0 d

60 old pennies

25.0 p

29. Biggles Fails to Return - 1943

5 Shillings and 0 d

60 old pennies

25.0 p

30. Biggles in the Orient - 1945

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

31. Biggles Delivers the Goods - 1946

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

32. Sergeant Bigglesworth CID - 1947

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

33. Biggles' Second Case - 1948

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

34. Biggles Hunts Big Game - 1948

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

35. Biggles Takes a Holiday - 1949

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

36. Biggles Breaks the Silence - 1949

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

37. Biggles - Air Detective - 1950

2 Shillings and 6 d

30 old pennies

12.5 p

38. Biggles Gets His Men - 1950

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

39. Another Job for Biggles - 1951

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

40. Biggles goes to School - 1951

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

41. Biggles Works it Out - 1951

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

42. Biggles Takes the Case - 1952

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

43. Biggles Follows On - 1952

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

44. Biggles and the Black Raider - 1953

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

45. Biggles in the Blue - 1953

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

46. Biggles of the Special Air Police - 1953

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

47. Biggles in the Gobi - 1953

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

48. Biggles Cuts it Fine - 1954

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

49. Biggles and the Pirate Treasure - 1954

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

50. Biggles Foreign Legionnaire - 1954

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

51. Biggles Pioneer Airfighter - 1954

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

52. Biggles in Australia - 1955

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

53. Biggles' Chinese Puzzle - 1955

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

54. No Rest For Biggles - 1956

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

55. Biggles Takes Charge - 1956

7 Shillings and 6 d

90 old pennies

37.5 p

56. Biggles of 266 - 1956

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

57. Biggles Makes Ends Meet - 1957

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

58. Biggles of the Interpol - 1957

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

59. Biggles on the Home Front - 1957

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

60. Biggles Presses On - 1958

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

61. Biggles on Mystery Island - 1958

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

62. Biggles Buries a Hatchet - 1958

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

63. Biggles in Mexico - 1959

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

64. Biggles' Combined Operation - 1959

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

65. Biggles at World's End - 1959

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

66. Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn - 1960

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

67. Biggles Goes Home - 1960

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

68. Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy - 1961

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

69. Biggles Forms a Syndicate - 1961

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

70. Biggles and the Missing Millionaire - 1961

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

71. Biggles Goes Alone - 1962

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

72. Orchids for Biggles - 1962

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

73. Biggles Sets a Trap - 1962

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

74. Biggles Takes it Rough - 1963

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

75. Biggles Takes a Hand - 1963

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

76. Biggles' Special Case - 1963

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

77. Biggles and the Plane that Disappeared 1963

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

78. Biggles Flies to Work - 1963

2 Shillings and 6 d

  30 old pennies

12.5 p

79. Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns - 1964

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

80. Biggles and the Black Mask - 1964

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

81. Biggles Investigates - 1964

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

82. Biggles Looks Back - 1965

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

83. Biggles and the Plot that Failed - 1965

8 Shillings and 6 d

102 old pennies

42.5 p

84. Biggles and the Blue Moon - 1965

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

85. Biggles Scores a Bull - 1965

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

86. Biggles in the Terai - 1966

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

87. Biggles and the Gun Runners - 1966

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

88. Biggles Sorts it Out - 1967

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

89. Biggles and the Dark Intruder - 1967 (paperback)

 3 Shillings and 6 d

 42 old pennies

17.5 p

90. Biggles and the Penitent Thief - 1967

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

91. Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea - 1968

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

92. The Boy Biggles - 1968

 3 Shillings and 0 d

 36 old pennies

15.0 p

93. Biggles in the Underworld - 1968

10 Shillings and 6 d

126 old pennies

52.5 p

94. Biggles and the Little Green God - 1969

12 Shillings and 0 d

144 old pennies

60.0 p

95. Biggles and the Noble Lord - 1969

12 Shillings and 0 d

144 old pennies

60.0 p

96. Biggles Sees too Much - 1970

12 Shillings and 0 d

144 old pennies

60.0 p

97. Biggles Does Some Homework - 1998

£18.50

1850.0 p

98. Biggles - Air Ace - 1999

£19.50

1950.0 p

99. Comrades in Arms - 1947

6 Shillings and 0 d

72 old pennies

30.0 p

100. The Biggles Omnibus - 1938

3 Shillings and 6 d

42 old pennies

17.5 p

101. The Biggles Flying Omnibus - 1940

4 Shillings and 0 d

48 old pennies

20.0 p

102. The Third Biggles Omnibus - 1941

4 Shillings and 6 d

54 old pennies

22.5 p

103. The First Biggles Omnibus - 1953

12 Shillings and 6 d

150 old pennies

62.5 p

104. The Biggles Air Detective Omnibus - 1956

12 Shillings and 6 d

150 old pennies

62.5 p

105. The Biggles Adventure Omnibus - 1965

18 Shillings and 0 d

216 old pennies

90.0 p

HERE IS A LINK TO “THE REFERENCE CATALOGUE OF CURRENT LITERATURE 1940” PUBLISHED BY WHITAKER – I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED JOHNS’ WORK AND THE PRICES

This list has been complied from my own collection and information from other collectors.  It will be helpful in determining whether or not a certain book has a first edition wrapper.

It is interesting to note that an entire set of first edition Biggles books could have been bought for a total of £31 pounds, 10 shillings and 2d.

If one adds on the price of the six 'Omnibus' editions and 'Comrades in Arms' then the total would be £34 pounds 11 shillings and 2d

which is STILL LESS than the £38.00 it would have cost to buy the last two books published in February 1998 and May 1999!

If anybody thinks there are any errors with these prices then please e-mail me by clicking here

 

IF YOU WISH TO SEE A LIST OF THE ORIGINAL PRICES OF ALL OTHER BOOKS WRITTEN BY W. E. JOHNS JUST CLICK HERE

 

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