Bombs and Bombing (1941)


Rare First Edition of Willy Ley's Bombs and Bombing, 1941, in the Original Dust Jacket

Ley, Willy. Bombs and Bombing. New York: Modern Age, 1941.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition 1st Printing.

First edition, first printing, of this comprehensive guide to bombs, incendiaries, land mines, and more as of 1941, including a section on poison gas, written by weapons expert Willy Ley, in the original dust jacket. Well-known for his expertise in rocketry and new aerial weapons, German emigree Willy Ley became one of the foremost authorities on World War II weaponry. This book was written with the goal of providing knowledge in order to fight fear, particularly in America where anxiety about bombing was rife due to Pearl Harbor and the Blitz. Ley covers explosive, incendiaries, land mines, gas, and more, as well as strategies for building better shelters, determining the trajectories of aerial bombs, and even poison gas decontamination. Many of his observations are relevant to modern-day wars, including sections on threats like yellow phosphorus and balloon warfare. Pen number on endpaper. Book fine, scarce dust jacket extremely good with long split along front flap joint, only light wear mainly to extremities, and sunning to spine. A very desirable copy.