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THE OXFORD BIGGLES BOOKS - SPINE WIDTHS

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE WIDTH OF THE BIGGLES FIRST EDITIONS
JT = John Trendler's chart. RB = Ross Burnet's Biggles bibliography

The thickness given below is for the first edition.

A number of the books were then reprinted as "thick" "medium" and "thin" editions.

Thick being 1.85" or 46.99 mm. Medium being 1.50 inches or 38.10 mm.

Thin being 1.00 inches or 25.40 mm. Pyramid reprints were 1.50 inches or 38.10 mm.


1. BIGGLES FLIES EAST (1935)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 46 mm wide at the corners


2. BIGGLES HITS THE TRAIL (1935)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 48 mm wide at the corners


3. BIGGLES & CO (1936)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 50 mm wide at the spine and 46 mm wide at the


4. BIGGLES IN AFRICA (1936)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 44 mm wide at the corners


5. BIGGLES - AIR COMMODORE (1937)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 44 mm wide at the corners


6. BIGGLES FLIES WEST (1937)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 44 mm wide at the corners


7. BIGGLES FLIES SOUTH (1938)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 44 mm wide at the corners


8. BIGGLES GOES TO WAR (1938)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 46 mm wide at the corners




9. BIGGLES IN SPAIN (1939)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 46 mm wide at the corners


10. THE RESCUE FLIGHT (1939)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 46 mm wide at the spine and 46 mm wide at the corners


11. BIGGLES FLIES NORTH (1939)
JT says 1.9 inches (which is 48.26 millimetres). RB says 48 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 46 mm wide at the spine and 45 mm wide at the corners


12. BIGGLES - SECRET AGENT (1940)
JT says 1.7 inches (which is 43.18 millimetres). RB says 43 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 46 mm wide at the spine and 45 mm wide at the corners


13. BIGGLES IN THE BALTIC (1940)
JT says 1.7 inches (which is 43.18 millimetres). RB says 43 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 45 mm wide at the spine and 44 mm wide at the corners


14. BIGGLES IN THE SOUTH SEAS (1940)
JT says 1.8 inches (which is 45.72 millimetres). RB says 46 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 46 mm wide at the spine and 43 mm wide at the corners


15. BIGGLES DEFIES THE SWASTIKA (1941)
JT says 1.7 inches (which is 43.18 millimetres). RB says 43 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 46 mm wide at the spine and 45 mm wide at the corners


16. BIGGLES SEES IT THROUGH (1941)
JT says 1.7 inches (which is 43.18 millimetres). RB says 43 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 48 mm wide at the spine and 45 mm wide at the corners


17. SPITFIRE PARADE (1941)
JT says 1.6 inches (which is 40.64 millimetres). RB says 41 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 42 mm wide at the spine and 42 mm wide at the corners


18. BIGGLES IN THE JUNGLE (1942)
JT says 1.0 inches (which is 25.40 millimetres). RB says 25 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 26 mm wide at the spine and 25 mm wide at the corners


19. BIGGLES - CHARTER PILOT (1943)
JT says 0.85 inches (which is 21.59 millimetres). RB says 22 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 22 mm wide at the spine and 22 mm wide at the corners


20. BIGGLES IN BORNEO (1943)
JT says 0.7 inches (which is 17.78 millimetres). RB says 18 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 18 mm wide at the spine and 16 mm wide at the corners


THE BIGGLES OMNIBUS

JT says 2.3 inches (which is 58.42 millimetres). RB says 58 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 60 mm wide at the spine and 52 mm wide at the corners
THE BIGGLES FLYING OMNIBUS

JT says 2.25 inches (which is 57.15 millimetres). RB says 57 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 57 mm wide at the spine and 52 mm wide at the corners
THE THIRD BIGGLES OMNIBUS

JT says 2.25 inches (which is 57.15 millimetres). RB says 57 mm.

My FIRST EDITION is 57 mm wide at the spine and 52 mm wide at the corners
THE JOHN HAMILTON BIGGLES BOOKS - SPINE WIDTHS

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE WIDTH OF THE BIGGLES FIRST EDITIONS

BL = Information from the British Library collected by Jeff Riley in BFM No. 1. RB = Ross Burnet


1. THE CAMELS ARE COMING (1932)
BL says 30 millimetres. RB doesn't refer to it so it was presumably unknown.

My FIRST EDITION is 30 mm wide at the spine and 30 mm wide at the corners


2. THE CRUISE OF THE CONDOR (1933)
BL says 50 millimetres. RB says 6 cm (60 mm). That must be an error?!

My FIRST EDITION is 50 mm wide at the spine and 50 mm wide at the corners


3. BIGGLES OF THE CAMEL SQUADRON (1934)
BL says 40 millimetres. RB doesn't refer to it so it was presumably unknown.

My FIRST EDITION is 43 mm wide at the spine and 40 mm wide at the corners


4. BIGGLES FLIES AGAIN (1934)
BL says 40 millimetres. RB doesn't refer to it so it was presumably unknown.

My FIRST EDITION is 40 mm wide at the spine and 37 mm wide at the corners


5. THE BLACK PERIL (1935)
BL says 35 millimetres. RB doesn't refer to it so it was presumably unknown.

My FIRST EDITION is 35 mm wide at the spine and 35 mm wide at the corners







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