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 Daredevil Originals are some of our favourite books of derring do from when they were first published; beautifully refurbished for you.

Carefully sourced from collections around the world many of these books are very scarce, especially if they are early imprints or first editions. 

The words and images on the pages are as they were when the book was first published. However, our editions are now beautifully presented with new covers, end papers and bindings so you can own a handsome original edition that will last and be a pleasure to own for many years to come.

Available in leather buckram or original 1930's cloth that our binder keeps especially for us in his warehouse.

Prices start at £50 per edition and this covers all costs of finding a good quality original book and producing to your required specification.

Costs will vary depending on the scarcity of the original book you want so do contact us to discuss your requirements at hello@daredevilbooks.co.uk

Our stock changes regularly as the books are snapped up quickly so do get in contact if you would like us to source a book for you. 

current favourites

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The Great White South

Herbert G Ponting

1936 Edition

 

A personal narrative of Scott's last expedition (1910-1913) by the expedition's photographer & cinematographer, Hubert Ponting, the first professional photographer to accompany an Antarctic expedition. 

 

Ponting's photographs constitute some of the most memorable images of this heroic age of Antarctic exploration. In this book, he illustrates the account of Scott's Terra Nova Expedition to the Ross Sea and South Pole (1910–1913).

A professional photographer by trade, Ponting was asked by Scott to produce the visual record of his second Antarctic expedition. Ponting's hundreds of photographic images and his groundbreaking motion picture film set the standard for subsequent polar expedition photography. His narrative text is also engaging and informative. 

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Dick Seaman, Racing Motorist

HRH Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Thailand

1942 First Edition

 

The son of William John Beattie-Seaman, Richard ‘Dick’ Seaman developed an early love for motoring. After studying at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge, he resolved to become a racing driver and successfully raced MGs and then ERAs. Such was his success in Europe that Mercedes team chief Alfred Neubauer invited him for a trial at the Nurburgring and in 1937. He signed for Mercedes- Benz against the wishes of his mother, who did not want him to drive for a “Nazi” team. Having made a solid start to his career with Mercedes in 1937, he excelled in the following season winning the 1938 German Grand Prix and becoming one of the favourite drivers of Adolf Hitler.

Leading the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps during a wet race, Seaman crashed his car into a tree during lap 22. It is thought he was using a line through a corner that was only normally used in the dry.

 

After the impact, the car caught fire, with the unconscious driver still inside. Seaman died a few hours later as a result of his burns, at just 26 years of age; it was Mercedes' only fatality during that time. On his death bed he remarked to the Mercedes chief engineer, "I was going too fast for the conditions – it was entirely my own fault. I am sorry."

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Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Book of Famous Motorists

Written by Ronald S Lyons, edited and with a foreword by Sir Malcolm Campbell.

1927 Edition

 

Malcolm Campbell was a renowned Grand Prix driver and land speed record holder with his famous car Blue Bird.

To quote from the fly leaf of the book:

"This racily written work covers the more sensational side of motoring history since the first appearance of cars on the roads until the present time”.

 

All the most celebrated figures in the motoring world of the time appear in its pages; races, hill-climbs, hairbreadth escapes and tragedies are all described vividly and dramatically. It includes a number of black and white photographs over its 176 pages.

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Atalanta. Women as Racing Drivers. 

S.C.H Davis

1955 Edition

S. C. H. "Sammy" Davis was the sports editor for Autocar magazine and an experienced motor racing driver. He drove numerous cars and was also one of the famous "Bentley Boys”. Partnered with J. D. Benjafield he won the 1927 Le Mans in a works 3 litre Bentley, securing the company's first win in four years.

Each chapter of Atalanta profiles a very successful Lady Racing Driver (nine of them in all) from the earliest days through to the fifties. There is a final chapter that gives brief profiles of many others. The focus is very much on British women drivers of the Brooklands era (Kay Petre, Elsie Wisdom etc). At 191 pages long it features lots of period photos of the talented and courageous ’Brookland Belles’.

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These are a selection of books that we can source for you

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Exploration
Gino Watkins
J.M Scott
1939
Hodder & Stoughton
Exploration
The Life of Martin Frobisher
William McFee
1928
Harper & Row
Exploration
The Fight to Conquer the Ends of the Earth
Francis Trevelyan Miller
1930
Stanley Paul & Co
Exploration
The World's Great Adventure
Francis Trevelyan Miller
1930
John C. Winston
Exploration
From the Deep of the Sea
C.E Smith
1923
Macmillan
Exploration
The Australian Antarctic Expedition
Capt J.K. Davis
1913
Royal Geographic Society
Exploration
A History of Exploration
Sir Percy Sykes
1935
George Routledge&Sons
Exploration
Life and Adventure of Nansen
J.Arthur Bain
1913
Walter Scott
Exploration
My Life as an Explorer
Sven Hedin
1925
Boni and Liveright
Exploration
Nansen 
E.E. Reynolds
1932
Geoffrey Bles
Exploration
Discovery: The story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition
Richard Evelyn Byrd
1935
G.P. Putnams
Exploration
The British Arctic Air Route Expedition
H.G Watkins
1932
Royal Geographic Society
Exploration
In Northern Mists: Exploration in Early Times
Fridtjof Nansen
1911
William Heinemann
Exploration
First Crossing of the Polar Sea
Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth
1927
George H. Doran
Exploration
The North Pole. Its Discovery in 1909
Robert E. Peary
1910
Frederick A. Stokes
Exploration
The South Pole
Roald Amundsen
1912
John Murray
Exploration
Dick Byrd - Air Explorer
Fitzhugh Green
1928
Putnam's
Exploration
Byrd's Great Adventure
Francis Trevelyan Miller
1930
John C Winston
Exploration
The Seven Wonders of Southern Africa
Hedley A. Chivers
1929
South African Railways and Harbours
Exploration
Travels in Tartary and Tibet
Hugh J. Schonfield
1937
Joseph
Exploration
Captain Scott
Stephen Gwynn
1939
Penguin
Exploration
Adventures in Great Deserts
H.W.G. Hyrst
1907
Seeley& Co
Exploration
Mountain Jubilee
Arnold Lunn
1943
Eyre& Spottiswoode
Exploration
Skyward
Richard E. Byrd
1928
G.P. Putnam's
Exploration
Rolling Stone -The life and adventures of Arthur Dugmore
Thomas Lowell
1931
Doubleday, Doran & Co
Exploration
Alone
Richard E. Byrd
1938
G.P. Putnams
Exploration
Heroes of Modern Adventures
T.C. Bridges and H Hessell Tiltman
1934
George G. Harrap
Exploration
Little America Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic
Richard E. Byrd
1930
G P Putman's
Exploration
Gateway to the Sahara
Charles Wellingto Furlong
1914
Charles Scribner & Sons
Exploration
Trekking the Great Thirst
Arnold W. Hodson
1914
T Fisher Unwin
Exploration
Arctic Journeys
Edward Shackleton
1939
Hodder & Stoughton
Exploration
Forty Thousand against the Arctic
H.P. Smolka
1938
Hitchinson
Exploration
By Airplane Towards the North Pole
Walter Mittelholzer
1925
Allen
Exploration
Tales of Hazard
H.C. Armstrong
1932
Bodley Head
Motor Sport
Romance of Motor Racing
Malcolm Campbell
Motor Sport
Rallies and Races
The Adventures of Gatsonides Leonard William
Motor Sport
All Out
6th Earl of Cottenham
Motor Sport
History of the Racing Car.
Giovanni Lurani
Motor Sport
The Techniques of Motor Racing
Piero Taruffi
Motor Sport
In The Track of Speed
Stirling Moss
Motor Sport
The Le Mans Story 1953-1955
Klemantaski
Motor Sport
Caracciola
Rudolf Carraciola
Motor Sport
Motor Racing and Record Breaking
George Eyston
Motor Sport
Motor Racing
S.C.H Davis
Motor Sport
Thunder Ahead
Malcolm Campbell
Motor Sport
The Lure of Speed
H.O.D Segrave
Motor Sport
Challenge Me the Race
Mick Hawthorn
Motor Sport
Grand Prix Racing
G Monkhouse
Motor Sport
German Grand Prix Driver
Hermann Lang
Motor Sport
Juan Manuel Fangio
Gunther Molter
Mountaineering
Kamet Conquered
F S Smythe
1933
Victor Gollancz Ltd
Mountaineering
An Alpine Journey
F S Smythe
1934
Victor Gollancz Ltd
Mountaineering
Nanga Parbat Adventure
Bechtold Fritz
1935
John Murray
Mountaineering
They Climbed the Alps
Edwin Muller Jr
1930
Jonathan Cape
Mountaineering
First Over Everest
Various
1933
John Lane, The Bodley Head
Mountaineering
Attack on Everest
Hugh Ruttledge
1935
Robert M. McBride
Mountaineering
The Pilots Book Of Everest
Clydesdale
1936
William Hodge
Mountaineering
The Epic of Mount Everest
Sir Francis Younghusband
1938
Edward Arnold& Co
Mountaineering
Everest: The Unfinished Adventure
Hugh Ruttledge
1937
Hodder and Stoughton
Mountaineering
Himalayan Assault
Jean Escarra & Segnome
1938
Methuen & Co
Mountaineering
Mountains of The Moon
Patrick Synge
1938
E.P. Dutton
Mountaineering
Himalayan Quest
Paul Bauer
1938
Nicholson and Watson
Aviation
The Steep Ascent
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
1944
Harcourt, Brace & C
Aviation
Spitfire Pilot
D.M Crook
1942
Faber and Faber
Aviation
Malta Spitfire
George F. Beurling, Leslie Roberts
1943
Farrar & Finehart
Aviation
The Royal Airforce at War
W Buchan
1941
John Murray & Pilot Press
Aviation
The Royal Airforce
T.S Sprigg
1941
Collins
Aviation
The Men who Fly
Hector Hawton
1944
Thomas Nelson and Sons
Aviation
Tattered Battlements
A Fighter Pilot
1943
Peter Davies
Aviation
British Air Aces
Lawrence Fairhall
1943
Robert Ross/Rolls House 
Aviation
Epic Deeds of the RAF
A.O. Pollard
1940
Hutchinson
Aviation
The Battle of Britain
J.M Spaight
1941
Geoffrey Bles
Aviation
Here is your War
Ernie Pyle
1943
Henry Holt
Aviation
RAF. The story of a British Fighter Pilot
 Keith Ayling
1941
Henry Holt
Aviation
Verses of a Fighter Pilot
A.N.C Weir
1941
Faber and Faber
Aviation
The Story of a Fighter Pilot
Hector Bolitho
1943
B.T.Batsford
Aviation
Spitfire Pilot
Canfield Cook
1942
Grosset and Dunlop
Aviation
War Eagles
Childers, James Saxon
1943
Heinemann
Aviation
Ten Fighter Boys
 Wing CommanderAthol and Allen
1942
Collins, Toronto
Aviation
Malta Spitfire
George F Beurling: Leslie Roberts
1943
Oxford UP Toronto
Aviation
Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Al Avery
1944
Grosset and Dunlap
Aviation
Spitfire!
Squadron Leader B.J Ellan
1942
John Murray 
Aviation
Seven Pilots
Charles Graves
1943
Hutchinson
Aviation
Wing Commander Paddy Finucane
James Reynold
1942
Edmond Byrne Hackett
Aviation
Tally Ho Yankee in a Spitfire
Arthur Gerald Donahue
1941
Macmillan
Aviation
Hurricane. The Story of a Great Fighter
F.H.M Lloyd
1945
Harborough Publishing
Aviation
Last Flight from Singapore
 Arthur Gerald Donahue
1943
Macmillan
Aviation
Eagles Roar!
Byron Kennerly
1941
Zenger Publishing
Aviation
Fighter Pilot
Paul Richey
1941
Scribner
Aviation
Youth at War: Fighter Pilot, Sub Lieutenant
Paul Ritchey, Ludovic Kennedy
1944
B.T. Batsford
Aviation
Jungle Pilot
Barry Sutton
1941
Macmillan
Aviation
Squadrons Up!
Noel Monks
1940
Gollancz
Aviation
Letters from a Flying Officer
Rothesay Stuart Wortley
1928
Oxford University Press
Speed Records
Speed of The Wind
Capt G.E.T. Eyston
1936
Newnes
Speed Records
Achievements 1938
CC Wakefield (Castrol)
1938
CC Wakefield
Speed Records
Speed
Frank Hawks
1931
Brewer, Warren and Pulman
Exploration
The Last Secrets
 John Buchan
1923
Thomas Nelson
Exploration
Exploring About the North Pole of the Winds
William Herbert Hobbs
1930
Putnam's
Exploration
Unsolved Mysteries of The Arctic
Vilhjalmur Stefansson
1939
George G. Harrap
Exploration
The Great White South
Herbert Ponting
1926
Duckworth