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Memorabilia WWI aviation artifacts, parts, autographs, Sanke cards, manuals, photos, etc.

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Old 25 November 2007, 05:08 PM   #1
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I'm looking to give my boyfriend an antique aviation book for christmas. I ran across some copies of "Pilot's Luck" illustrated by Clayton Knight. I was wondering what is preferable between a book in poorer condition but signed (no dust jacket). Or a book in better condition (with dust jacket) but not signed? Also does anyone have any great recommendations on vintage WWI books for an aviation nut?
 
Old 25 November 2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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17- Take the dust cover off the one copy and put it on the signed copy if it is not in too bad a condition. Best of both worlds. I just did that recently. Purists may yell at me, though.

Welcome to the Forum and glad you found us. Our books section has some recommendations if you search through past threads.

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Old 26 November 2007, 04:16 PM   #3
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I'm looking to give my boyfriend an antique aviation book for christmas. I ran across some copies of "Pilot's Luck" illustrated by Clayton Knight. I was wondering what is preferable between a book in poorer condition but signed (no dust jacket). Or a book in better condition (with dust jacket) but not signed? Also does anyone have any great recommendations on vintage WWI books for an aviation nut?
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P.S. Myself, I perfer the signed copy over a non-signed copy.
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Old 27 November 2007, 07:54 AM   #4
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Lots of good stuff here,a great place to learn and mingle with the "Great Names" of WWI research. I assume you have not bought either book yet.

If affordable I concur on the of buying both and swapping DJs. If costly, I would want the autographed copy for my library, but this is just my personal view, I don't know how the professional book collectors would view it from the value standpoint.

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Old 27 November 2007, 08:44 AM   #5
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Buying both and swapping sounds like a good idea and I wouldn't mind taking a loss. But how hard do you think it will be to resell the good nonsigned book with no dj.
 
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Buying both and swapping sounds like a good idea and I wouldn't mind taking a loss. But how hard do you think it will be to resell the good nonsigned book with no dj.
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Old 27 November 2007, 02:13 PM   #7
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Buy both, switch jackets, put the extra on Ebay and you might be surprised !!!
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Old 27 November 2007, 02:57 PM   #8
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17 - Pilot's Luck came with at least two different dust jackets, one a pictorial jacket that is much the same as the pastedown on the cover, and one orange printed cover that is quite plain. The pictorial d/j is nice.

Author signed books may have little additional value for authors who are not famous or otherwise notable, but Knight's signature is worth a bit more simply because "he was there" and there aren't any pilots left from WWI that we know about.

And the spare copy of Pilot's Luck should bring back at least some of your investment. It's not the most common of books, although it certainly isn't rare.

As far as vintage aviation books, it really depends on where his interests lie. There are personal accounts, general titles, technical titles, memorial volumes. There's a world of books out there.

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Old 27 November 2007, 04:24 PM   #9
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what book would I buy?...

Well if I could get any book(s) for my collection it would be the Lafayette Flying Corps 2 volume set by Nordhoff & Hall. There were 2 printings, first print in the 1920's and second printing in the 1960's. It is a great choice for several reasons, most notably it was written by James Norman Hall, pilot in the Lafayett Escadrille, and he was a great writer that later wrote the Mutiny on the Bounty saga. The books are very readable with first person stories, and also are loaded with color plates, full French escadrille insignias, and complete listing of all members of the Lafayette Flying Corps.
Also due to the limited printings they are quite valuable and sure to make a profit upon resale. If only I had the money... or a girlfriend like you!
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Well if I could get any book(s) for my collection it would be the Lafayette Flying Corps 2 volume set by Nordhoff & Hall. There were 2 printings, first print in the 1920's and second printing in the 1960's. It is a great choice for several reasons, most notably it was written by James Norman Hall, pilot in the Lafayett Escadrille, and he was a great writer that later wrote the Mutiny on the Bounty saga. The books are very readable with first person stories, and also are loaded with color plates, full French escadrille insignias, and complete listing of all members of the Lafayette Flying Corps.
Also due to the limited printings they are quite valuable and sure to make a profit upon resale. If only I had the money... or a girlfriend like you!
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You don't feel like spending $1,500 on a couple of books? Why not? LOL
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