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The Observer's Book of Aircraft No. 11

This is one of the most successful of the Observer's Books and probably the title with the most editions for a collector. The book started life entitled "The Observer Book of Airplanes" written by Joseph Lawrence and was issued with this title in 1942, 1943 & 1945. Interestingly this book was not issued as an Observers Series number until 1949. The 1949 edition saw a number of changes, the most notable being the change in the title from Airplanes to Aircraft. It was allocated the number 11 in the Observer's Series and the authors became William Green and Gerald Pollinger.

 

<The observer's Book of AIrplanes 1942

>The Observer's book of Aircraft 1957

From 1955 until 1992 annual editions were published, each having their own cover design. As with the other Observer books, this title went through many forms. The editions between 1979 & 1982 were issued in pictorial boards, not with the usual dust jacket. Between 1983 & 1992 the book was published as a paperback in the New Observer's Series, with a new number N1. The final edition was the only one not to be published by Frederick Warne, being issued by Bloomsbury, returning to a hardback pictorial board format with yet another title change to "The Observer's Book of Airliners."

These little books proved very popular with Aircraft spotters who were aided by some excellent silhouettes by Dennis Punnett to help identification. With over 100,000 copies a year being sold they are not among the scarcest books, but copies from the early 1950s with their original dustwrappers can be hard to find in acceptable condition.

 

1988 Paperback edition>

The final twist for a collector is that between 1960 and 1971 each annual edition had two versions of the dust jacket, one with the year on the spine and one without. Therefore many collectors try to go for uniform wrapper types during this period so that they look correct on the shelf, and for the completist - well, they require a set of each!

<Two verisions of the 1967 edition

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Below interior page from 1967 edition

 


A selection books in stock...

THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 2109273
Frederick Warne & Co Ltd.. 1964. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Observer Book no. 11. Describing 156 aircraft with 278 illustraions. 13th edition. A little bumping to corners and a couple of cover edges. Foxing to outer page edges. Wrapper is browned to spine with edge-creasing and a few small nicks to corners. [S]
Price: £12.00
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 2108206
Frederick Warne & Co Ltd.. 1965. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Observer Book no. 11. Describing 154 aircraft with 278 illustrations. 14th edition. Tape marks to endpapers. Wrapper is edge-creased with a few closed tears and chips; marked, but minimal loss. [S]
Price: £12.00
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 1705994
Frederick Warne. 24th. 1975. Slightly better than very good condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. Observer's Series No. 11. Describing 137 Aircraft with 245 illustrations. 24th edition. Wrapper evenly browned. [S] 0723215413.
Price: £7.00
OBSERVERS AIRCRAFT
Green, William & Swanborough, Gordon. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 1107476
Frederick Warne. 1992. Very good condition. New Observers Series N1. Card wraps. 1992/93 edition. 40th edition. Ink stamp saying 'damaged' to bottom of outer page edges - but can't see signs of this damage! Some light wear to cover edges. [R] 0723240132.
Price: £5.00
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 1705678
Frederick Warne. 1980. Nearly fine condition with no wrapper. Observer's Book No. 11. 29th edition. Describing 140 aircraft with 247 illustrations. Glazed pictorial boards. Red title on spine slightly faded. [S] 0723216045.
Price: £5.50
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 1705675
Frederick Warne & Co Ltd.. 10th. 1961. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Observers Series No. 11. Tenth Edition. Wrapper edge-worn and browned with price-cut from front flap. [S]
Price: £10.00
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 1705119
Frederick Warne. 31st. 1982. Very good condition with no wrapper. Observers No. 11. Colour pictorial glazed boards. Describing 142 aircraft with 247 illustrations. 31st edition. Spine browned and faded. Corners bumped. [S] 0723216185.
Price: £6.00
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 1705116
Frederick Warne & Co Ltd.. 30th. 1981. Slightly better than very good condition with no wrapper. Observer book No. 11. Laminate boards. 30th edition. Describing 142 aircrafts with 247 illustrations. Spine lightly browned. [S]
Price: £6.00
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William. Illustrated by Punnett, Dennis. Stock no. 1705113
Frederick Warne. 29th. 1980. Slightly better than very good condition with no wrapper. Observer's Book No. 11. 29th edition. Describing 140 aircraft with 247 illustrations. Glazed pictorial boards. [S] 0723216045.
Price: £6.00
THE OBSERVER'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT
Green, William & Pollinger, Gerald. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 1704221
Frederick Warne & Co Ltd.. 6th. 1958. Very good condition in an almost very good dustwrapper. Observers series No. 11. Describing 152 aircraft with 274 illustrations. 6th edition. Inscription in ink to front endpaper. Corners bumped. Wrapper creased, grubby and edge-chipped. [S]
Price: £35.00

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