The September 9th Sydney Rare Book Auction will feature a fantastic range of aviation titles, including books from the collection of Sir Hudson Fysh, founder of Qantas.
Many of the books contain Fysh’s signature and bookplate, as well as inscriptions by him in the margins relating to the text. Any aviation enthusiast will appreciate the significance of his work and see these books as highly desirable parts of their collection.
Titles from the Fysh library includes two great books that Fysh authored and were his personal copies. Qantas Rising: The Autobiography of the Flying Fysh, which is an autobiography of Fysh’s life from World War I and the development of Qantas to the expansion of it into the Qantas Empire Airways in the mid-1930s.
The Log of the Astraea, a book on the Imperial Airways monoplane airliner Astraea and the events surrounding the airmail flights to England, which eventually led towards Qantas’ partnership with the Imperial Airways.
There are also several lots that explore aviation history, airlines, aircraft safety and design, plus some amazing early photographs.