- Johns, W.E.
- An extensive collection of books, periodicals and other printed material, comprising:
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
The Camels are Coming. Hamilton, [c.1933], later edition (colour frontispiece), 32pp. publisher’s catalogue original cloth, worn, facsimile dust-jacket;
The Cruise of the Condor. Hamilton, [c.1933], first edition, colour frontispiece and other plates, original cloth, dust-jacket, loss to dust-jacket (protected by facsimile), adhesive tape repairs to dust-jacket;
Biggles Flies Again. Hamilton, , first edition, colour frontispiece and other plates, original cloth, dust-jacket, loss and tears to dust-jacket, adhesive tape repairs to dust-jacket;
Desert Night. Hamilton, , original cloth, slightly skewed, facsimile dust-jacket;
The Murder at Castle Deeping. Hamilton, , first edition (although no catalogue at end), original cloth, dust-jacket (with “5’-” sticker on upper inside flap), dust-jacket frayed and chipped at extremities;
Worrals of the W.A.A.F. Lutterworth Press, 1941, first edition, original cloth, reprint dust-jacket (title on lower wrapper), lacking front free endpaper, dust-jacket worn and soiled with some loss
The periodicals comprise i) Modern Boy, 1930-1939, 79 volumes; ii) Popular Flying, 1934-1938, 18 volumes; iii) My Garden, 1936-1942, 22 volumes; iv) Men Only, 1937-1941, 11 volumes; v) Girl’s Own Paper, 1939-1941, 25 volumes; vi) Boy’s Own Paper, 1941-1942, 22 volumes and 1951-1958, 16 volumes; vii) Britannia and Eve, 1941-1942, 3 volumes; viii) Biggles and Co., 1992-1996, 17 volumes; ix) Biggles Flies Again, 1997-2013, 37 volumes; together with several others and a large collection of clippings, several of which appear to be from the collection of the author, many disbound, some lacking covers, numerous tears and creases