The Conquest of Space. Chesley Bonestell, Willy Ley.
The Conquest of Space
The Conquest of Space
The Conquest of Space
The Conquest of Space
The Conquest of Space
The Conquest of Space

The Conquest of Space

New York, NY: The Viking Press, Inc., 1950. First Edition, Fourth Printing. Hardcover. "We are entering the third astronomical era, when planets can be visited. In the first era, they were observed by the naked eye; in the second, by the telescope. In The Conquest of Space the collaborators portray in text and pictures the universe our children may some day visit. To mention just a few places on the itinerary, we visit the mountains of the moon, Venus and other planets. We see Jupiter from its large moon, the landscapes of Mars, and a planet of the double star Mira. We get a picture of the earth as it will look to the people making their first lunar trip. And we view the devastating results should Manhattan be hit by a large meteorite- destruction worse than even the atom bomb could produce." (from back cover) The classic work which was declared "A Preview of the Greatest Adventure Awaiting Mankind/ with Text and Pictures Based on the Latest Scientific Research" (front cover). With text by Willy Ley (1906-1969), the brilliant German refugee-American physicist & author; & illustrations by Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986), the acclaimed illustrator considered the father of modern space & science fiction art & an inspiration for the American space program. Ley's text is advanced & prescient but very readable; & Bonestell's illustrations are truly awe-inspiring in their near-photographic level of detail, light & shadow. Mostly reproduced in black-&-white, several of the illustrations are in color including front & rear paste-downs & endpapers, the former protected by a loose sheet of onionskin we believe is original. It has been told of this legendary volume that it inspired generations of young people to contemplate & even join in the exploration of space. First published in September1949, this copy is the stated fourth printing of January 1950, only four months after the first printing of this super-popular production. Large hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, with embossed blind-stamped illustrations of spaceship & planets on dark blue cloth of front cover. A very early copy of this most collectible milestone of science, art & the boundless human imagination. Book in very fine condition with only light rubbing & faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; slight wear at edges & corners of same; mild-to-moderate rubbing, light browning & spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with original owner's signature & date of "1950" in ink at upper right area of blank inner front endpaper opposite shorter title page; sparse spotting to blank margins of a very few page leaves; very slight irregularity of upper edges of a few of same apparently as issued. Unrestored dust jacket relatively near-fine with mild rubbing, scratching & creasing to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; small areas with short, mostly closed tears & very slight loss of paper at upper edges & corners esp. spine-edge & corners; original owner's small sticker with name & (Detroit, Michigan) address affixed to upper blank margin of front flap. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4338]

Price: $200.00