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Sagittarius Rising is a vintage paperback from Corgi. It's the biography of Cecil Lewis, a biplane pilot in the First World War. Some reviews of Sagittarius Rising:

If you want to read one book which best captures the heroic infancy of flying, then Sagittarius Rising is it. Forget St Exupery, Lindbergh or even Richard Hillary. Cecil Lewis got there before any of them, and in this magical memoir summed up the terrible beauty of flying, and fighting the first air war, waged in the skies above the Western Front. --Nigel Jones, BBC History Magazine

Sagittarius Rising is his stirring, often moving, account of his years with the corps, fighting on the Western Front. The vivid descriptions of dog-fights (including an encounter with the Red Baron) and the exhilaration of flight transcend Boy's Own Paper banality through his poignancy and lyrical depth. --The Times

This is a book everyone should read. It is the autobiography of an ace, and no common ace either. The boy had all the noble tastes and qualities, love of beauty, soaring imagination, a brilliant endowment of good looks . . . this prince of pilots . . . had a charmed life in every sense of the word . . . he is a thinker, a master of words, and a bit of a poet. --George Bernard Shaw

First published in 1936, this Corgi edition was published in 1969. This paperback is in great condition for its age. The covers and spine are in very good condition, only spoilt by one slight tear and crease at the top of the spine, where it joins the front cover. The pages show the usual yellowing.

The purchase price is great value for this book in this condition. I also subsidise the delivery cost for all my books.

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Sagittarius Rising book biography of Cecil Lewis biplane pilot blue Corgi paperback


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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