WWI Books

  • Original WWI Renault Engine Manual - 1917

    SKU: 21-PILOT-10

     Instruction Manual, Renault 300 HP 12 Cylinder Airplane Motor.  English text, 140x210mm (5.5x8.25"), 38pp plus 5 folding plates, 11 illus, wrps.  Printing date of Dec 1917.  Ink US Air Service mechanic's name and 1918 date on front cover.  Well-used manual with finger print grease smudges throughout and a few pencil annotations ( for me, this is a significant plus).  Otherwise fair with no missing pages or tears; center vertical crease from folding to put in rear pants pocket.  (Automatic ordering not available for this item.  Invoice sent upon request instead.)

    Price: $65.00
  • Eberhardt - Unsere Luftstreitkrafte, 1914-18

    SKU: 21-B-2

     von Eberhardt, Walter.  UNSERE LUFTSTREITKRAFTE, 1914-1918.  Weller, Berlin, 1930.  467pp, 11x14", embossed cloth cover, profusely illustrated, four folding plates of aircraft identification plus a 91pp list of German aviators killed in combat. A memorial to German aviation in WWI.  I think this is the most beautiful book ever published German aviation.  Excellent condition.  (Very heavy and will require extra postage).

    Price: $350.00
  • War in the Air - 9 volumes

    SKU: 20-B-1

     Raleigh, Walter and H.A. Jones.  War in the Air, 9 volume set.  London, Oxford University Press, 1922-1937.  This is the definitive history of the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force in World War I, the original first edition not the reprint.  Set includes two map cases with 42/28 maps, there are many other folding maps throughout the text.  The last volume is Appendices dated 1937.  Vol VI is ex-libris RAF library (about fair with numerous RAF library stamps).  Vols II, Vol III maps and Vol V carry RAF Staff College Library bookplates.  The set averages good condition.  For a very similar set in my library, I paid $1000 many years ago.  On-line prices are in the $2000-3000 range.  This set is very reasonably priced. 

    Price: $650.00
  • Over the Front in an Aeroplane

    SKU: 18-B-00018

    Pulitzer, Ralph.  Over the Front in an Aeroplane, and Scenes inside the French and Flemish Trenches.  New York, A.L. Burt, 1915.  159pp, illus, ads for other books at the back.  Green embossed cloth cover, 5x8".  First chapter recalls an early WWI flight to the front lines (15pp) and then the balance of the book is on other news from the war.  This is the best copy of this book that I have encountered in about 45 years of collecting, about very good.  It used to be frequently found in book sellers stacks but no more. 

    Price: $35.00
  • 20th Aero Squadron History (NY Public Library Reprint)

    SKU: 18-B-00012

    Barth, C.G.  History of the Twentieth Aero Squadron, First Day Bombardment Group, First Pursuit Wing, Air Service, First Army, American Expeditionary Force.  Winona MN, Winona Labor News, n.d. circa 1920.  100pp, illus, rosters.  Zerox copy from the New York Public Library, bound in red buckram.  Very good reprint, some photos faded.  Original copies of this book are very rare and will list at $300 and up.  This is a good copy for your reference library.

    Price: $45.00
  • WWI Second Army Air Service History

    SKU: 18-B-00010

    Law, Hugo B. (ed.)  The Second Army Air Service Book.  Toul, France, 1919.  Approx 150 pp, extensively illustrated with photos and drawings/cartoons.  About 30 aero sqdn histories, each in a two page format. This copy has an ink owner's name: E.F. Kofoed, 25th Aero Sqdn.  Very nice copy, professional spine repair generally unnoticeable.  Text excellent, usual cover bumps.  This is a "must" in a WWI aero collection.

    Price: $135.00
  • Aerial Age Weekly - Bound Set 1915-1918

    SKU: 18-MAG-00009

    A wonderful complete bound set of this important American aviation weekly.  The run starts with Vol 1, No. 1 on March 22, 1915 and continues through Vol 7, September 1918.  Ex-Connecticut State Library set.  Usual library labels and stamps; some light soiling, bumps and minor flaws.  Very heavy set that will require extra shipping charges.  I seriously considered retaining this set in my own library but then I can't keep everything....grab it before I change my mind!

    Price: $1,250.00
  • Fooks - Prisoners of War [WWI]

    SKU: 18-B-00002

    Fooks, Herbert C.  Prisoners of War.  J.W. Stowell, Federalsburg, MD, 1924.  456pp, illus (some graphic), roster of POWs by state in the appendix.  SIGNED by author under his photo.  A scholarly work by a prominent lawyer and DSC winner in WWI.  Very good condition.  Quite rare, especially signed (only one other on book sites).  Very good with mylar slip cover.

    Price: $130.00
  • American Negro in the World War

    SKU: 18-B-00001

    Scott, Emmett J.  The American Negro in the World War.  Privately printed, 1919.  608pp including 96pp of photographs, 7x9", embossed cover with gilt buffalo.  Significant and comprehensive coverage of the contributions of Black Americans in WWI, 31 chapters on every possible aspect of this issue by a special assistant to the secretary of war.  Generally good but rear hinge gone.  This work is usually in poor shape but this one is better than normal.

    Price: $65.00
  • Aces and Kings - Sutherland (WWI Australian Flying Corps in Palestine)

    SKU: 17-B-00026

    Sutherland, L.W.  Aces and Kings.  London, John Hamilton, 1920.  277pp, illus, 5 x 7".  About fair with internal foxing (common in this volume), spine fading, cover bumps, slightly shaken.  Author was pilot in Aurstralian Flying Corps No. 1 Squadron in Palestine, WWI.  Tells the human side of aerial combat and service in WWI middle east.  Classic work not often found today.

    Price: $45.00