First printing of Dahl's collected World War II-era stories about flying, drawn from his own experiences as a wing commander in Royal Air Force.
Fine in very nearly fine jacket.
OVER TO YOU
"He stood on the wing pulling my straps and said, 'Be careful. There isn't any sense not being careful.'<br />'Piece of cake,' I said.<br />'Like hell.'"
Though a British citizen and member of the Royal Air Force, Dahl first found success as a writer in the United States, where he was sent for office duty after being injured in a flight over the Sahara. In the States he became friends with C.S. Forester, who encouraged him to "write a story based upon his experiences" (rear flap). This led to the publication in the SATURDAY EVENING POST of "A Piece of Cake" (1942), which appears here for the first time in book form, along with nine other semi-autobiographical wartime stories. Dahl's reputation as a children's book writer would only come after "A Piece of Cake" with the publication of GREMLINS (1943), about fairy creatures who playfully wreak havoc with plane mechanics. This American edition precedes the UK edition. A fresh, lovely copy, rarely seen in this condition.
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1946). Full title: Over to you: 10 stories of flyers and flying. 7.5'' x 5''. Original full tan cloth, lettering in red on front board and red and blue on spine. In original unclipped ($2.50) blue dust jacket with red lettering. Fore-edge machine deckle. , 182 pages. Bookseller ticket on front pastedown. Only a bit of edgewear to spine ends.
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