THE BLACK PERIL A BIGGLES STORY
by W.E. Johns
Illustrated by J.E. McConnell
Published by The Thames Publishing Co..
Almost very good condition in a good dustwrapper. Colour pictorial boards. Cloth spine. Colour plates and b/w drawings. 141pp. 9 x 6.5". The "Modern Library" Series.
Spine and corners bumped. Board edges rubbed. Front board is a little scuffed. Top of spine slightly browned. Name, address and date to front pastedown. Creases to the corners of a couple of pages. Some fingering to page margins and top edge of text block is dusty. Contents otherwise generally clean. Dustwrapper is edge worn with tears and creases and small areas of loss. Small area ( approx 1.5" x 1.25") by on front panel coloured with blue felt tip. Some clear tape to verso covering some tears. Pale pink marks possibly from red cloth spine.
Stock no. 1405442
- Set in East Anglia, U.K. and Eastern Europe with the bases of the story being a Russian invasion using Flying Planes. Biggles and Algy stumble into the fray following a forced landing in East Anglia. When their attempts to pass the issue to the local constabulary fail they organize a reconnaissance flight into Russia and a closer than anticipated inspection of the Seaplane HQ. The book marks the introduction of Ginger, and his quick thinking saves the troupe on a series of occasions, enabling them to thwart the plan and have most of the aeroplanes destroyed.
- Original titled The Black Peril when published in 1935 by John Hamilton the book was re-titled Biggles and the Black Peril when re-issued by Thames and Dean with some minor amendments to the text to make it more appealing to the target audience.