Paris: Hachette, 1918. First Edition. Small octavo, [x], 224,  pp., contemporary gilt lettered quarter green cloth, an attractive copy. Item #55
Jean Beraud Villars (1893-1979) was born near Paris and educated in France, England, and Germany. An infantry volunteer in 1915, he was wounded several times before transferring to aviation at the beginning of 1916. He eventually was commander of a French escadrille before a serious wound ended his military flying. After the war he was a successful traveller, businessman, and writer of historical works including a biography of Lawrence of Arabia.Originally published under the nom de guerre "Lieutenant Marc" in 1918, the real author was identified in the 1970's as Jean Beraud Villars. The book was so critical of the French military and aircraft manufacturers who he alleged supplied inferior aircraft that Villars could not publish the book under his own name. This is the censored and redacted French first edition of the book. The translated book with notes, complete with the missing text, was published in 1975 by the translators Stanley Pincetl and Ernest Marchand under the title "Notes of a Lost Pilot". An important book with an interesting 50+ year history.
Price (AUD): $750.00