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Airmail109
04-08-2005, 01:20 PM
Hey, ive got a framed autograph from W.E Johns here! He wrote the biggles books some of which go for hundreds of pounds now. I was just wondering how much it would be worth. Are there any people who specialise in autographs?

Airmail109
04-08-2005, 01:20 PM
Hey, ive got a framed autograph from W.E Johns here! He wrote the biggles books some of which go for hundreds of pounds now. I was just wondering how much it would be worth. Are there any people who specialise in autographs?

ElektroFredrik
04-08-2005, 02:08 PM
I have no idea how much it'd be worth.
I guess it's quite a lot, unless he gave out
autographs by the hundreds. Anyway it's fun to
see another one that like Biggles.
Do you have many of his books?

Airmail109
04-08-2005, 02:34 PM
Ive got about 14 books! Havnt read one for a few year guess the last time was when I was 15...LOL! I think I may pick one back up.Ive got a first edition biggles book but it doesnt have the protective cover thingy on it which is a shame....its "Biggles in the Orient". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
There was a much more basic version of his Autograph going on a specialist site for 100 pounds, but mines got more writing other than the signature on it and a doodle of a bi-plane siloueted against some clouds! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
I dont think I would part with it unless it was a fair bit more than 100 pounds. I have no real attachment to a piece of card but then again id rather keep it unless the price is right if you no what i mean! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif He wrote like 90 biggles books didnt he?
Done some research and apparently mine would be more than 100 as its a more substansial Autograph....I may try and get it valued just out of curiosity. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

ElektroFredrik
04-08-2005, 02:43 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Aimail101:
He wrote like 90 biggles books didnt he? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think so. I got about seventy or eighty and
my collection isn't complete. Yet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Also, there are silly people out there who claim
Biggles and his friends were gay. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
They got nothing better to do? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Airmail109
04-08-2005, 02:53 PM
LOL....do you fly on Hyperlobby at all? anyway it is absurd because I clearly remember some of them all going googly eyed over some bird...i think it was "Biggles Fails To Return"!

ElektroFredrik
04-08-2005, 06:25 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Aimail101:
LOL....do you fly on Hyperlobby at all? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Taking your words as a deadly insult http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif
I quickly logged in to HL, lagged down a very
innocent and defenseless server, scoring a kill
and having the other team score about ten kills
on me. So, yes I do fly at HL, it's just my rig
is very low-end so I'm better off staying home,
for the sake of fellow players http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

FI_Willie
04-08-2005, 07:33 PM
Try eBay.

Sometimes you get lucky and can get an idea of what it's worth. Bookdealers online are another good source.

Other times you get REAL lucky. I bought 2 first edition, autographed, Ernest Gann books for $10USD each.

boxduty
04-09-2005, 03:01 PM
..er, I have a proof copy of Terry Goodkind's first book, limited numbered of 600, slightly coffee stained (not me). Anybody interested?

BerkshireHunt
04-09-2005, 06:26 PM
I recently read an article concerning W.E.Johns in a British newspaper. I was a fan of his in my youth and it came as a bit of a shock to discover what the real man was like.
Apparently he was an unconscionable yarn spinner, even to his friends and family. He exaggerated his military service during the First World War- seems he never flew on active service, but was instead confined to a desk job as an orderly at an airbase- though he undoubtedly knew many pilots. He claimed to have flown biplanes in formation aerobatics at the Hendon Air Show during the 1930s, but there is no record of him ever having been there. His family remember him as a Walter Mitty character who would lean his head to one side when about to tell another tall story about his past.
He started to write short stories about airmen for a magazine in the 1920s- and there is some suggestion he plagiarised another author's work for the first Biggles book.
Amazingly- for such an 'informed' writer- he never travelled abroad. All his descriptions of foreign lands came from library research and his own imagination.

His books are still inspiring for young people however, and the fact that they owe more to creative imagination than recollection just increases my admiration for him.

Incidentally, Johns made a very lucrative living out of his writing and was incredibly prolific. Many people don't realise that, just as he created a series of books about the fantasy character Biggles, he had other fantasy characters for other genres.
'Gimlet' was his hero for stories about the army and he also had a girl heroine who appeared in her own book series. In addition, he wrote dozens of science fiction books featuring yet another hero (name escapes me).
A couple of years ago I entered an antiquarian bookshop which had shelves groaning under the weight of Johns' work- and there wasn't a single 'Biggles' book amongst it.