Guild, rep., 1989. 128 pp., frontis., profusely illustrated with a wealth of cold., + b&w ills., + b&w photo-ills. D.j., 29 x 37cm. FINE. Robert Taylor is regarded by many as Britain’s foremost aviation artist. This is the first volume to feature a comprehensive selection of Taylor’s work and it is thus a publication of great significance. In it he reveals the secrets of his techniques and behind-the-scenes stories of life with the ‘Aces’. In researching his paintings, Taylor has worked with some of the greatest aviators in the world and the text draws upon his encyclopaedic fund of facts and anecdotes concerning these famous figures and their service careers. Furthermore, a number of these pilots have contributed their own first-hand accounts of the aircraft they flew in combat and other personal recollections. The book features in-depth visual and verbal studies of many of Taylor’s most outstanding paintings, along with a wealth of colour details, pencil sketches, and photographs. Much of this is previously unpublished.