Biggles Translations

Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Fairblue » 19 Feb 2018, 13:28

Spitfire666 wrote:There is a chap goes to the Twyford meetings and he always has a lot of Swedish copies for sale. If he is there this year I will try to make a note of them. I never investigated as I could not read them.

We can take photographs, S666.
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Spitfire666 » 19 Feb 2018, 18:41

Fairblue wrote:
Spitfire666 wrote:There is a chap goes to the Twyford meetings and he always has a lot of Swedish copies for sale. If he is there this year I will try to make a note of them. I never investigated as I could not read them.

We can take photographs, S666.

Good thinking Fairblue :!:
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby kylie_koyote » 20 Feb 2018, 14:43

Here's the cover and the illustrations from the Spanish edition of Gets His Men:


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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Tracer » 21 Feb 2018, 11:15

Those are very good. Proper adventure story illustrations.
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Wanderer » 22 Feb 2018, 00:11

Abebooks would be a useful way of working out translation dates as you can search by publication date, which is presumably just afterwards. There is one Swedish dealer who looks like they have about 600 listed and you can search by date range to list out first publication and hence translation dates. The earliest one currently on offer is from 1940: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDe ... 1-_-title3
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 22 Feb 2018, 02:13

Tracer wrote:Those are very good. Proper adventure story illustrations.


Wow, great cover! Certainly different from the English version...was it Petroffsky shown on the original?
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Crazy Man Michael » 27 Feb 2018, 00:41

This fantastic site has just about all you need to know about Biggles (and other Johns books) published around the world.

http://francejohn.pagesperso-orange.fr/an_jbwo.htm
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby fredleander » 27 Feb 2018, 12:11

Crazy Man Michael wrote:This fantastic site has just about all you need to know about Biggles (and other Johns books) published around the world.

http://francejohn.pagesperso-orange.fr/an_jbwo.htm

Excellent link! Tks for posting.

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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby kylie_koyote » 27 Feb 2018, 12:12

Wow, that is fantastic, thank you!
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Kismet » 27 Feb 2018, 12:55

This is very interesting. Well found!
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Tommy Smith » 27 Feb 2018, 20:07

Not sure which book Biggles og Opiumssmuglerne is. Henry's getting a wallop over the head in the Hungarian one, Worrals is Joan elsewhere with some very good illustrations of her and Frecks. I'd love to know how much the stories have been adapted.
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby kylie_koyote » 27 Feb 2018, 21:09

Tommy Smith wrote:Not sure which book Biggles og Opiumssmuglerne is. Henry's getting a wallop over the head in the Hungarian one, Worrals is Joan elsewhere with some very good illustrations of her and Frecks. I'd love to know how much the stories have been adapted.


"opium smuggler", just as one word.... I'm gonna guess "Combined Operation" since it's about drug smuggling?
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Re: Biggles Translations

Postby Wanderer » 02 Mar 2018, 13:11

Having just acquired a few early Swedish translations, here is a little list and some observations. First, a general introduction with some illustrations may be read at http://www.biggles.nu/biggles.nu/Omslag.html

The series appears to have first been published in Swedish about 1942 by Albert Bonniers of Stockholm, with Biggles Flyger Osterut (Flies East), translated by Gosta Olzon. A number of different translators handled later titles. Sales were brisk as my 1946 edition notes "13th to 17th thousand". From a list published in a Biggles Fails to Return dated 1945 it appears that a significant proportion of the Oxford "back catalogue" having been translated and published, new editions were coming out around the same time as the UK editions.

The first ten as published by Bonniers appears to be, in order of publication:

Biggles Flyger Osterut (Flies East: 13-17th thousand printed 1946
Biggles & Co.
Biggles pa vastfronten
Biggles i Spanien (In Spain): 11-15th thousand printed in 1945.
Biggles i Ostersjon (
Biggles i falt
Biggles i Finland (Sees it Through)
Biggles i Norge (Defies the Swastika) 16-20th thousand printed in 1946.
Biggles i hemlig tjant
Biggles Flyger soder ut (In Africa): first published 1945

Biggles I Knipa (Biggles Fails to Return) Published by B. Wahlstroms Bokforlag, 3rd edition 1945. This edition notes the following also in print:
Biggles Renasr Luften
Biggles Flyger Vidare
Biggles Jagar Storvilte
Biggles Stridsflygaren
Biggles ater I elden
Biggles I Tropikerna (Biggles Flies Again): first published 1944
Biggles I Orienten
Spionflygarna
King vid commando-trupperna
King ater I farten
Worrals I urskogen
Worrals vid Flyget
Worrals I Frankrike
Worrals pa hemligt uppdrag
Worrals stora kupp
King gor rent hus

Biggles Slar Till (Biggles Delivers the Goods) first published 1946.

The Biggles.nu list shows some rather nice illustrations tat may have been a feature of later Swedish editions as the only one pre 1946 to have internal illustrations is Fails to Return that has the Stead illustrations of the British edition. However the covers have some rather nice illustrations that tend to show our heroes with rather Scandinavian features...

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Biggles Flies Again - Biggles, Algy and Li Chi


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Biggles Fails to Return - The Princess deals with some ugly Frenchmen and a Viking Biggles!


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Biggles Delivers the Goods - Ginger, I think, looking hot and bothered.
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