Biggles by Capt. W E Johns - Vintage Boyhood Favourites
Books for Boys - Biggles Books by Capt. WE Johns were very popular in the mid-twentieth century and are still being reprinted. They tell of the adventures of an
Captain W. E. Johns wrote a series of 98 Biggles books, and such was their popularity that they have been published in 26 countries and are still currently being republished.
In the series, Biggles, or James Bigglesworth, starts off as a young flyer in the Royal Flying Corps in France where he is taken under the wing of Mahoney and soon becomes a very skilled pilot. His adventures span a period from World War I through to World War II and beyond, many of the stories arising from W. E. John's own experience who was often writing about authentic events, with embellishments which were not always entirely credible. After the two World Wars, Biggles and associates are recruited into a special airborne police unit to continue their adventures.
Biggles Air Detective
Captain W.E.Johns (1893 - 1968) author of the Biggles and Gimlet Books - served as a machine gunner in WWI and from 1918 and was himself a fighter pilot with th
William Earl Johns, Author of 98 Biggles Books
Capt. Johns was shot down over Mannheim and became a Prisoner of War and escaped. He was recaptured and only avoided execution because of the abrupt end to the war. He remained in the Royal Air Force until 1931 when his final rank was Flying Officer, and he added the epithet of Captain when he became a prolific and famous writer, the author of 167 books, including the Worrals, Gimlet and Steeley series, as well as science fiction and books on aviation and gardening.
Biggles Books by Capt. W E Johns on Amazon: - See if there's anything you fancy - they are collectors' items
This was my own collection of Biggles books by Capt. WE Johns
I have recently sold the whole lot,
but I just love the covers,
so I thought you'd like to
see them too
See My collection of Biggles books by Capt. WE Johns - See Below - here's the first book:
Biggles in The Cruise of the Condor The Thames Publishing Co (Regent Classics) undated, ca. 1952/3. The second book in a series of 98. Dust jacket torn at edges.Red cloth board, hardback. Dust wrapper not price-clipped but no price shown.
Biggles leads a treasure hunt by air into the wilds of Brazil. First published in 1933.
Remember the words
"...and Biggles lit another cigarette",
which appeared in nearly every book?
..........how things have changed - the publishers wouldn't allow that phrase to appear in children's books nowdays, would they?
I have just put my whole collection of Biggles books to sell as a job lot on eBay and sold the lot:
SOLDfor £28 (approximately $50) plus postage, and I asked for offers. Bearing in mind the true value, you will see that this was quite a bargain.
Biggles and the Missing Millionaire - 1961 -1st edition Brock Books
Biggles and the Missing Millionaire
Cover in good condition, tiny tear at top, slightly foxed.
Biggles in Africa - Reprint 1952 Oxford Illus. Alfred Sindall
Biggles in the South Seas - third edition 1962 Brockhampton Press
Here are some more Biggles books on Amazon - So you have plenty of choice, if you want to own one or two yourself
Biggles Flies Again - Dean & Sons, (Reprint) Undated, no Illustrations
Hard cover, clean faded spine. Dust Jacket torn but clean. Foxed pages (yellowed).
Biggles Follows On - Hodder & Stoughton, illustrated 1959 Second Impression, llustrated by Stead
Ex Libris. Cover fair condition, pages foxed and aged, some writing on bottom of pages
These are the other Biggles Books in my Collection
(They don't all have dust jackets)
Biggles Air Detective - Dean & Son Reprint 1952 (?) - however, this one does have a dust jacket, see picture at top of this page
Hard cover, clean yellowed pages. Dust jacket a bit torn at bottom and torn away on spine, but clean.
Biggles Takes a Holiday - 1951 Third Impression Hodder & Stoughton. illustrated by Stead
Biggles Secret Agent - Reprinted 1950 Oxford University Press, illustrated by Alfred Sindall
No Dust jacket
And One Gimlet Book by Capt. WE Johns: - Gimlet Goes Again - University of London Press Ltd November 1944 - 1st edition - illustrated by Stead
Gimlet Goes Again University of London Press Ltd November 1944 - 1st edition - illustrated by Stead
Fair condition. Missing Dust Jacket, hard cover, board wearing thin at back; owner's name on frontispiece.
Links to other Biggles and Flying Websites
- Biggles Info
Describes all 98 Biggles Books, with pictures of the covers and a synopsis of each
- The Biggles Shop
a multilingual Biggles website with magazines and memorabilia including books
- Biggles-related Items for Sale
NB I found this website during my search, but I have no experience of whether it is OK - Norton has confirmed it is safe, i.e. no viruses etc., but you're on your own if you want to buy anything.
- Unofficial Airfix Forum - they've got a bit of chat about Biggles here
Nothing special, just a chat forum if you want to chat with enthusiasts
- Air Museums UK
Information about various Air Museums and flying displays
- Royal Airforce Museum - London
All sorts of information about flying and the War and posters, and Douglas Bader and so forth - very interesting
- American Air Museum, Duxford
- World War 2 Planes
Lots of WWII Planes to look up
- Von Biggles goes bombing with the RAF - From The Sunday Times April 4, 2010
WATCH out, skipper, there's a Jerry behind you. A navigator from the Luftwaffe has become the first member of his country's air force to fly into combat with the RAF.
- Biggles, you're a crashing bore - From Jeremy Clarkson, The Sunday Times September 23, 2007
Last weekend, a friend of mine was killed when his helicopter crashed in Scotland. And then, just hours later, another friend was lucky to walk away when his chopper flipped onto its side while making an emergency landing in Essex. Strangely, howe
Three Biggles Videos - Music and tongue-in-cheek Biggles
Don't forget Biggles books were written before there was video, so don't expect great things here:
It's just such fun to get feedback from people all over the world - sort of brings us together.
What are your memories?
Are you interested in vintage children's books? Did you read a lot as a child? I did - I used to earn 7s. 6d. (that would have been about $3 a week) pocket money and the whole lot used to go on books - about one a week.