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    Guided Missile Data Sheet by La Salle Steel Company

    La Salle Steel Company. 1958. Wraps. 1958. La Salle Steel Company. Four full pages of data folded to make an unbound booklet. Double sided. Xerox/mimeograph style quality. Very Good condition. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall .


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    Solutions to the Nuclear Arms Race: Briefing Manual. Convocation: November 11, 1982 by Leader, Stephan, preparers' assistant; Union of Concerned Scientists, corporate author

    n.p. [Washington DC?]: the Union; Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control; Physicians for Social Responsibility; et al., 1982. Paperback. vi, 141p., softbound 11x8.5 inch packet in plastic comb fastener; text consists of clearly-reproduced magazine and journal articles. Back cover is somewhat torn, a good reading copy.


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    RAKETEN VON STERN ZU STERN .. by Gartmann, Heinz

    Worms: Lot-Verlag, 1949.. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-191 [192], 12 full-page black and white illustrations by Günter Radtke, original tan pictorial boards with white cloth shelf back, front and spine panels stamped in brown. First edition. "A popular book on the possibilities of rocket propulsion and space travel. Stylistically interesting because it uses the old form of the 'dialogue' in a modern manner, interspersing short scenes of fictional action into straight explanation." - Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 506. Heinz Gartmann, a German rocket engineer, worked with the Bavarian Motor Works and was one of the founders of the postwar German Rocket Society. Bloch (2002) 1100. Ciancone 74. A fine copy in nearly fine pictorial dust jacket (illustration by Günter Radtke) with just a touch of rubbing to edges. (#135457)


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    THE EXPLORATION OF THE MOON. Illustrations by R. A. Smith. Text by Arthur C. Clarke by Clarke, Arthur C. and R. A. Smith

    London: Frederick Muller Ltd, [1954]. First edition. Some offsetting to front and rear free end papers, a fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a mild shelf wear to lower right front corner. (16975). Large octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-14 [15] 16-112, 45 full page drawings, eight in color, by R. A. Smith, original black boards stamped in gold. Fourth book (third for adults) on rockets and space travel. The only edition that prints the color plates: all the plates in the 1954 Harper edition are printed in black and white. Ciancone 47. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 497.


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    DIE MÖGLICHKEIT DER WELTRAUMFAHRT: ALLGEMEINVERSTÄNDLICHE BEITRÄGE ZUM RAUMSCHIFFAHRTSPROBLEM von Professor Hermann Oberth, Dr. Franz v. Hoefft., Dr.-Ing. Walter Hohmann, Dr. Karl Debus, Ingenieur Guido von Pirquet und Ingenieur Fr. W. Sander. Herausgegeben von Willy Ley. Mit 70 Abbildungen by Ley, Willy (editor)

    Leipzig: Hachmeister & Thal, 1928.. Large octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv [v-vii] viii [1] 2-344, two inserted plates, other illustrations in the text, original pictorial white wrappers printed in yellow and black (illustration on front cover by Gundermann). First edition, first printing. An anthology of articles on the possibility of space flight by Oberth and other members of the Verein für Raumschiffahrt (German Society for Space Travel) intended to promote the activities of the society. "One of the fundamental books in the history of flight and rocket design." - Interlibrum 270 #237. Ciancone 134. Hübner 699. Interlibrum 270 #237. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel (1951), pp. 118-9. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 506. Some dust soiling to rear cover, light wear at upper spine end, but basically a fine copy. Quite scarce in such lovely condition. (#134075)


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    INTERPLANETARY FLIGHT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONAUTICS .. by Clarke, Arthur C

    London: Temple Press Limited, [1950]. First edition. Foxing to page edges, some age darkening to cloth edges, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with age darkening to edges and spine panel, shelf wear to corner and spine ends. (19742). Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-viii 1-164 [165-166: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], illustrations, original blue cloth stamped in black. Signed by Clarke on the front free end paper. Clarke's first book. "The best modern semi-technical work on astronautics" (Humphries). Ciancone 45. Humphries, Rockets and Guided Missiles 21. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 490.


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    NEUERE ERGEBNISSE DER RAKETENFLUGTECHNIK .. by Sänger, Eugen

    Wien: Verlag Zeitschrift "Flug," H. Pittner, 1934.. Large octavo, pp. [1] 2-22 [23: ads] [24: blank], 25 illustrations, diagrams and charts in the text, original gray wrappers printed in black, stapled. First edition. A famous paper which describes Sanger's experiments on a motor to power a high altitude rocket plane, published as a special issue of the Austrian aviation journal FLUG, December 1934. An English-language translation was published by the NACA as TM-1012 (1942). Ciancone 204. Interlibrum 270 #309. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, pp. 507-8. Ley (1968), pp. 425-7. A fine copy. (#135428)


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    Die Möglichkeit der Weltraumfahrt. by Ley, Willy

    Leipzig: Hachmeister & Thal, 1928. Ley, Willy (1906-1969). Die Möglichkeit der Weltraumfahrt. viii, 344pp. 2 plates, text illustrations. Leipzig: Hachmeister & Thal, 1928. Original cloth, some spotting and dampstaining, minor finger-soiling. Very good copy, from the library of Frederick I. Ordway III, with his bookplate. First Edition of this pioneering collection of papers on the possibility of space travel, edited by Willy Ley, one of the founders of Germany's influential Verein für Raumschiffahrt (Rocketry Society) and a highly effective popularize of spaceflight in the first half of the twentieth century. The collection includes contributions from Karl Debus, Hermann Oberth, Walter Hohmann, Guido von Pirquet and Fr. W. Sander-Wesermünde. This copy was owned by Frederick I. Ordway III, space scientist and well-known author of books on spaceflight.


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    FAR FUTURE CALLING: UNCOLLECTED SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASIES OF OLAF STAPLEDON. Edited with an authorized biography by Sam Moskowitz .. by Stapledon, William Olaf

    Philadelphia: Oswald Train: Publisher, 1979.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects five short stories, "Far Future Calling," a radio play about Stapledon's Last Men, and "Interplanetary Man," Stapledon's 1948 address to the British Interplanetary Society, with a 55-page biography and memoir of Stapledon's visit to the U.S. in 1949 by Moskowitz. This is the first book publication of "Interplanetary Man," pp. 209-252, his address to the British Interplanetary Society first published in JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH INTERPLANETARY SOCIETY 7 (November 1948). "Philosophy of man's role in and motivation for space flight, by a well-known British science fiction writer. This is one of the earliest articles on this topic and a milestone in the history of the British Interplanetary Society" (Pisano and Lewis). Pisano and Lewis 1215. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#153740)


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    Die Erreichbarkeit der Himmelskörper. by Hohmann, Walter

    Munich: R. Oldenbourg, 1925. Hohmann, Walter (1880-1945). Die Erreichbarkeit der Himmelskörper. [2], iv, [2], 88pp. Text diagrams. Munich and Berlin: R. Oldenbourg, 1925. 225 x 180 mm. Original tan printed wrappers, light wear at spine. Minor faint foxing, but very good. First Edition, variant with tan printed wrappers (the work was also issued in dark blue wrappers with a pictorial design in white). Hohmann discovered what is now called the "Hohmann transfer orbit," an orbital maneuver using two engine impulses to move a spacecraft between two coplanar orbits. This maneuver, described in Hohmann's Die Erreichbarkeit der Himmelskörper, uses a minimum-energy trajectory consisting of an ellipse tangent to the two orbits; this is the most fuel-efficient path for moving a spacecraft between two different orbits. "Walter Hohmann's great contribution to astronautical progress was the discovery of a new use for an old object, the ellipse. However, his involvement in the development of concepts for space travel extended well beyond that discovery: energy and mass requirements; spacecraft design; atmospheric modeling; maneuver analysis; crew safety; extraterrestrial in-situ propellant production, and more. In addition to conducting research, Hohmann belonged to Verein für Raumschiffahrt (Society for Space Travel), or VfR, and participated in its work" (McLaughlin, "Walter Hohmann's roads in space," Journal of Space Mission Architecture (Fall 2000): 1-14.


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    FAR FUTURE CALLING: UNCOLLECTED SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASIES OF OLAF STAPLEDON. Edited with an authorized biography by Sam Moskowitz .. by Stapledon, William Olaf

    Philadelphia: Oswald Train: Publisher, 1979.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects five short stories, "Far Future Calling," a radio play about Stapledon's Last Men, and "Interplanetary Man," Stapledon's 1948 address to the British Interplanetary Society, with a 55-page biography and memoir of Stapledon's visit to the U.S. in 1949 by Moskowitz. This is the first book publication of "Interplanetary Man," pp. 209-252, his address to the British Interplanetary Society first published in JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH INTERPLANETARY SOCIETY 7 (November 1948). "Philosophy of man's role in and motivation for space flight, by a well-known British science fiction writer. This is one of the earliest articles on this topic and a milestone in the history of the British Interplanetary Society" (Pisano and Lewis). Pisano and Lewis 1215. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#9327)


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    Proceedings of the 17th International Pyrotechnics Seminar Combined with the 2nd Beijing International Symposium on Pyrotechnics and Explosives October 28-31, 1991 (2 Volumes)

    Beijing Institute of Technology Press. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1991. Hardcover. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 1991. Library labels on spine, else Very Good condition. 1108 pages. Beijing Institute of Technology Press. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 1108 pages .


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    Space Physics with Artificial Satellites. Authorized translation from the Russian by H. H. Nickle by Al'pert, Ya.L.; A.V. Gurevich; and L.P. Pitaevskii

    New York: Consultants Bureau, 1965. Hardcover. x, 240p., running text with swarming math formulae on every quarto leaf, hardbound in blue papered boards enclosed in badly chipped and rubbed dust jacket. The casebinding, the book itself, is quite edgeworn with minute roughings-up at head, tail and corner-tips and severe marginal sunning. Hinges are perfectly sound, endsheets and entire textblock, sound, clean and unmarked, a good reading copy. FYI, none of the chipping of dj has affected dj texts (prefatory material & publisher's ads for other Russian physics texts in English).


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    ZERO TO EIGHTY: BEING MY LIFETIME DOINGS, REFLECTIONS, AND INVENTIONS, ALSO MY JOURNEY AROUND THE MOON by Northrup, Edwin F., writing as "Akkad Pseudoman

    Princeton, New Jersey: Scientific Publishing Company, 1937.. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [ix-xvi] [1] 2-280 [281-283] [284-288: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], fifteen inserted plates including color frontispiece, diagrams in text, original tan cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. A very technical fictional account of the invention of a spacecraft and circumnavigation of the Moon by the inventor of the Ajax-Northrup high-frequency induction furnace. The experiments begin in 1945 and the flight occurs in 1961. Interesting illustrations. "The book, a semi-fictional autobiography, contains a great deal about the author's experiments with solenoid guns, including photographs, and a résumé of the theory of space travel which Dr. Northrup wanted to accomplish by means of rockets initially accelerated in large solenoid guns" (Ley). Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-45. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 124-25. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 179. Bleiler (1978), p. 162. Reginald 11927. Ciancone 187. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 517. A bright, very good copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with chip from upper spine end, ink stains at lower edge of spine panel, and clipped price. A fairly nice example of a striking jacket (which reproduces the color frontispiece on the front panel) seldom found in superior condition. (#158533)


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    Rocket Propellants by Warren, Francis

    New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation. Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket. 1958. Hardcover. Hardcover. Book is in Very Good Plus condition. Dust Jacket has some chips and wear, else Very Good Minus. 1958. Reinhold Publishing Co. 218 pages. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 218 pages .


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    BEYOND THE PLANET EARTH ... Translated by Kenneth Syers by Tsiolkovsky, Konstantin

    New York: Pergamon Press, Inc., 1960.. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition in English, U.S. issue. A translation of VNE ZEMLI, an interplanetary novel written at the turn-of-the-century and first published in in PRIRODA I LYUDI in 1916, and in book form in 1920, with expanded text. This 1960 English translation has a sixteen-page biographical introduction by B. N. Vorobyev. Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) was the grandfather of Russian rocketry. "He began investigating the possibility of space flight in 1878 ... He wrote a good deal of didactic SF, mostly for young readers, in order to popularize his ideas ... [His novel BEYOND THE PLANET EARTH is an] account of the building and launching of a spaceship by an international group of scientists, who begin the construction of space habitats in high orbit, and who then begin to explore the solar system itself, with a view to its colonization. Tsiolkovsky was the first great pioneer of space research and the first real prophet of the myth of the conquest of space which has played such a vital role in modern SF." - SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-109. Suvin, Russian Science Fiction, p. 29. Reginald 14256. A fine copy in very good or better dust jacket with mild wear at spine ends and along top edge of front panel. A lovely copy and scarce thus. (#160289)


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    A GOLDEN STAMP BOOK: SPACE TRAVEL ... [caption title] by Binder, Otto

    New York: Golden Press, 1959.. Large octavo, pp. [1] 2-48, 36 stamps with illustrations in color by George Solonevich, black and white illustrations in the text by C. C. Beck, pictorial wrappers. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Otto Binder dated Chicago Aug./Sep. 1962 to the Twentieth World Science Fiction Convention. Binder has colored the illustration on the first page and pasted the stamps in the text. A very good copy. Accompanied by a good copy of Binder's A GOLDEN STAMP BOOK: ATOMIC ENERGY (1960), also inscribed by Binder to Twentieth World Science Fiction Convention, missing the stamps. (#163758)


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    DIE RAKETE FÜR FAHRT UND FLUG: EINE ALLGEMEINVERSTANDLICHE EINFUHRUNG IN DAS RAKETENPROBLEM .. by Scherschevsky, A[lexander] B[orissowitsch]

    Berlin: Verlag C. J. E. Volckmann Nachf. G.m.b.H., 1929.. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6 [7] 8-134 [135-136: ads], 77 illustrations and diagrams in the text, original pictorial orange wrappers printed in black. First edition. A history of rocketry written by an impoverished Russian aviation writer living in Germany who served as one of Oberth's assistants. Ciancone 207. Hübner 703. Interlibrum 270 #310. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 508. Wrappers just a bit dusty, light wear at lower spine end, a very good copy. (#135439)


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    RAKETENANTRIEBE: IHRE ENTWICKLUNG, ANWENDUNG UND ZUKUNFT .. by Stemmer, Josef

    Zurich: Schweizer Druck und Verlagshaus AG., [1952].. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-7 [8] 9-523 [524: blank], nine plans, several in color, one folded, inserted at rear, 206 illustrations and diagrams in the text, original blue cloth stamped in black. First edition. Title in English is: Rocket Engines: Their Development, Application and Future. A good survey of the history, development, performance and use of rocket engines. Beginning in the mid-1920s, Stemmer, a Swiss engineer and future organizer of the International Astronautical Society, worked on the development of rocket engines and in the 1930s performed on a homemade bench numerous experiments with liquid fuel engines. Also includes contributions two other rocket pioneers: "Fundamental Problems About the Design of the Gas Pressure Rocket Engines" by Eugen Sänger and "Missile Developments in the Bavarian Motor Works" by Heinz Gartner, as well as an extensive bibliography and chronologically arranged history of rocketry. "... a standard work on the subject ..." (Interlibrum). A "very comprehensive review of the rocket motor and its applications -- missile, aircraft and space-flight" (Humphries). "A very comprehensive work ... Extensive bibliography but no index" (Ley). Ciancone 212. Hübner 723. Humphries, Rockets and Guided Missiles 8. Interlibrum 270 #325. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 508. A fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with shelf wear at edges. (#135441)


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    THE CHALLENGE OF SPACE by Joquel, Arthur Louis, II

    Hollywood: House-Warven, Publishers, 1952.. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-224, illustrations, cloth. First edition. Eccentric speculation on man's future. "Primarily concerned with ancient mysteries, but does contain a chapter on 'Youth and the New Frontier,' which provides a brief overview of the development of rocketry and the prospects of space travel. Joquel was a member of the Reaction Research Society (Glendale, CA)." - Ciancone. Ciancone 111. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear and short tears along top and bottom edges. (#100406)


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    THE MEN BEHIND THE SPACE ROCKETS by Gartmann, Heinz

    London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, [1955].. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-185 [186: blank], 20 illustrations from photographs on plate paper, original dark blue boards stamped in gold. First edition in English. A translation, by Eustace Wareing and Michael Glenny, of TRÄUMER, FORSCHER, KONSTRUKTEURE: DAS ABENTEUER DER WELTRAUMFAHRT (1953). "The story of rocket research told in the biographies of the pioneers" (Ley). Gartmann (1917-1960) was rocket test engineer and pioneer in early rocket development. He was an internationally recognized journalist in the Aerospace field. Ciancone 77c. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, pp. 491, 506. Pisano and Lewis 1233. A fine copy in nearly fine pictorial dust jacket with touch of wear at edges and mild dust soiling to rear panel. (#135128)


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    THE CHALLENGE OF SPACE by Joquel, Arthur Louis, II

    Hollywood: House-Warven, Publishers, 1952.. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-224, illustrations, cloth. First edition. Eccentric speculation on man's future. "Primarily concerned with ancient mysteries, but does contain a chapter on 'Youth and the New Frontier,' which provides a brief overview of the development of rocketry and the prospects of space travel. Joquel was a member of the Reaction Research Society (Glendale, CA)." - Ciancone. Ciancone 111. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with just a hint of wear at edges and faint wrinkle at bottom edge of front panel. A fairly common book in jacket, but this is an exceptionally nice copy and is scarce thus. (#158579)


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    MENSCHEN IM WELTRAUM: NEUE PROJEKTE FÜR RAKETEN- UND RAUMFAHRT by Oberth, Hermann

    Dusseldorf: Econ-Verlag, [1954].. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5 [6] 7-253 254-256: ads, illustrations, original black cloth stamped in silver. First edition. Oberth's work proved space flight possible. Nearly all modern space travel concepts used today are founded on his ideas. Ciancone 178. Hübner 730. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 507. Slight spine lean, top edge of pages a bit dusty, a very good copy in good printed dust jacket with shelf wear at edges and chip from upper spine end. (#135418)


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    INTERPLANETARY FLIGHT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONAUTICS .. by Clarke, Arthur C

    London: Temple Press Limited, [1950].. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Clarke's first book. "The best modern semi-technical work on astronautics" (Humphries). Ciancone 45. Humphries, Rockets and Guided Missiles 21. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 490. Small private owner's book label affixed at top edge of the front paste-down. Some rubbing to cloth along bottom edge, else a fine copy in very good dust jacket with several closed tears along top edge, some dust soiling, and two clips from front flap one removing the printed price but not affecting the printed flap copy. (#161899)


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    CLOUDS, RINGS AND CROCODILES: BY SPACESHIP ROUND THE PLANETS .. by Wilkins, H. Percy

    Boston, Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, [1956].. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1-2] 3-148 [149-150: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], 16 illustrations, most full or double page, by Anne Marie Jauss, original decorated orange cloth stamped in black. First U.S. edition. A blending of speculation and fact to show the young reader the fascination of space travel, by a leading authority on the Moon, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society who was, at the time of publication, the director of the Lunar section of the British Astronomical Association. The interior art and jacket art differ from that of the British Harrap edition. Ciancone 233. Small label affixed to front free endpaper, a very good copy in fair pictorial dust jacket with wear and tear and internal tape mends. (#135270)


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