Posted on Oct 22, 2012

Winston Churchill, A Tribute by Sir Robert Menzies K.T., C.H., Q.C., M.P. given on the occasion of the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, January 30th 1965. #380 of 500

‘One Fire, Burning In Him’

This edition is limited to 500 copies. Nos. 1–250 were a gift of the author, who permitted Cassel & Co. Ltd., London and Cassel Australia Ltd. to reserve Nos. 251 – 500 for their friends, Christmas, 1965. This copy is numbered 380 and assigned to Gp Capt. Douglas Bader. Signed and dated by Douglas Bader 31/1/65.

The book is in maroon buckram with a black inlaid label also in buckram on the front board and in gilt WSC by RGM. It is preserved in a three quarter dark blue morocco clamshell book-like box with contrasting red leather title label to spine and with marbled paper board.

Douglas Bader's book preserved in protective box:Winston Churchill Tribute by Sir Robert Menzies

Douglas Bader: one of the great fighter aces of WWII. In December 1931 Bader crashed in a Bristol Bulldog losing both his legs in the accident. He was invalided out of the RAF in May 1933 and joined the Shell Company. In November 1939 he rejoined the RAF., his promotion and success was rapid. From Flying Officer in March 1940 to Wing Commander in March 1941. Bader’s official score was 22 1/2 German aircraft destroyed. In August 1941 he was brought down over France and became a prisoner of war until his release by the U.S. First Army on 15 April 1945.

Also included here is a first edition of Bader’s book Fight For The Sky. Signed in full by Bader on the front free endpaper. The book and dust jacket are both in fine condition.

Estimated value of the above two items. $1,000

Douglas Bader's book with signature: Fight For The Sky

Douglas Bader's book: Fight For The Sky

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