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    For the benefit of all mankind, a survey of the practical returns from space investment. Report of the Committee on science and astronautics by United States. House of Representatives

    Washington, D. C.: GPO, 1970. vii, 61p., plain printed white self-wraps, very good copy. 91st congress second session Serial R.


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    AUD $11.00

    Rocket Boys A True Story by Hickam, Homer H

    London: Fourth Estate. 1998. Very Good condition. Corners lightly rubbed. Previous owner's details to preliminary pages. xii, 368 pages The best selling memoir of Homer Hickam and his friends from Coalwood, West Virginia who were inspired by Sputnik to build their own rocket. The author subsequently became a successful NASA engineer and best selling author. . 1st thus. Trade Paperback.


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    ROCKETS AND GUIDED MISSILES ... With a Foreword by A. D. Baxter .. by Humphries, John

    London: Ernest Benn Limited, [1956].. Octavo, pp. [1-11] 12-14 [15-16] 17-229 [230: printer's imprint] [231-232: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], 121 figures, including illustrations from photographs on plate paper, 22 tables, original blue-gray cloth stamped in gold. First edition. A survey of present day achievements and possible future developments in solid and liquid fuel rocket propulsion systems, "intended in the main for those engineers who, while not being engaged in the field, would like to obtain an overall picture of rocket motors and their applications, with particular reference to guided missiles" (preface), by a rocket engineer and member of the British Interplanetary Society. "Purpose accomplished. Well done" (Ley). Ciancone 99. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 492. Review slip laid in. Top edge a bit spotted, a near fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket with shelf wear at edges and a big chip from the upper third of the rear panel affecting so advertising copy. (#135464)


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    AUD $22.00

    Still in the Bush by Beadell, Len

    Adelaide: Rigby. 1975. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. Mild edgewear to upper edge of DJ. Illustrated with Black & White Photographs and Drawings/Diagrams. Maps to endpapers. 175 pages Beadell's exploits set in central South Australia in the Woomera to Coober Pedy area. . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    FLUGBAHN-BERECHNUNG EINES ZWEISTUFIGEN RAKETEN-MODELLS [cover title] by Langkrär, Hermann

    Bremen: Anschrift des Verfassers: Obering. Herm. Langkrär, Sept. 1973.. Octavo, 1-28 leaves (printed on rectos only), pagination includes two folded tables, original gray pictorial wrappers printed in black. First edition. A technical work by the author of RAKETEN -- UND STRAHLTRIEBWERKE (1954). A fine copy. No copies on KVK, COPAC or OCLC. (#135435)


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

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, n.d., [1950]. First edition, U. S. issue (UK sheets). Bookplate of collector Robert Briney affixed to front paste down, a nearly fine copy in a very good dust jacket with shelf wear to corners and spine ends. (19697). Octavo, cloth. Title page is a cancel. 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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    Wege zur Raumschiffahrt by Oberth, Hermann

    Munich: R. Oldenbourg, 1929. Oberth, Hermann (1894-1989). Wege zur Raumschiffahrt. xi, 431pp. 4 plates. Munich & Berlin: R. Oldenbourg, 1929. 236 x 163 mm. Original cloth, front cover slightly warped. Fine copy. Publisher's blurb for Die Möglichkeit der Weltraumfahrt (1928), ed. Willy Ley, tipped to the front free endpaper.


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

    London: Temple Press Limited, [1950]. First edition. A fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket with a some mild age darkening to yellow background of the spine panel. (23606). Octavo, cloth. 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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    Preindications of failure in electronic components RSIC 445 by Klapheke, J. W., B. C. Spradlin and J. L. Easterday

    Redstone Arsenal AL: Research Branch, Redstone Scientific Information Center, U. S. Army Missile Command, 1965. v, 58p., keyboard-set text, plain printed 11x8.5 inch wraps, very good copy. Contents cover the results of component testing, future or planned work, literature cited, bibliography, survey participants. The distribution list, covering about forty persons / organizations, most of whom get single copies, might be of mild interest. Contract no. DA 01 021 AMC 11706 (Z) Batelle Memorial Institute Columbus OH.


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    SATELLITES, ROCKETS AND OUTER SPACE by Ley, Willy

    NY: Signet, 1958. 1st printing, May 1958. Cover art by Chesley Bonestell. Paperback original. Illustrated with photos. Tanned; 3/4" loss at heel; heavy edgewear to rear hinge which is glue-mended; name in pen, scrobbled out in pen, and old price written in green marker all on first page; foxing.. First Edition. Mass Market Paperback. Good to Very Good-.


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    ROCKET PROPULSION ... Preface by Maurice Roy ... Introduction by Theodore von Kármán .. by Barrere, Marcel, André Jaumotte, Baudouin Fraeijs de Veubeke and Jean Vandenkerckhove

    Amsterdam, London, New York, Princeton: Elsevier Publishing Company, 1960.. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-viii [ix] x [xi-xii] xiii-xxxi [xxxii] [1] 2-829 [830-832: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], 375 illustrations and figures and 71 tables, original blue-gray cloth stamped in black and gold. First edition in English. An enlarged and completely revised edition of LA PROPULSION PAR FUSÉES (1957) which includes then recent experimental work carried out at ONRA. This was one of the major technical handbooks on rocket propulsion systems of the period. See Ciancone 11. Early owner's signature on front paste-down, a very good copy with clean and tight interior in good printed dust jacket with wear and several nicks and short tears at edges and small numeric sticker on spine. (#136168)


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    FLIGHT INTO SPACE by Leonard, J. N. (Jonathan Norton)

    NY: Signet, 1954. 1st printing, Nov. 1954; #Ks317. Cover art is uncredited. A section of pages is a bit proud and show wear; creasing; corner wear.. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good+.


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    AUD $39.95

    Those Were the Days! My Life In South Australia: 1943-1970 (Signed by Author) by Winter, Ivan

    Seacliff Park, SA: Magpie Press. 2010. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Mint - a New copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. Signed by the author. 409 pages After growing up in the small township of Halbury in South Australia's Wakefield Plains, 102kms north of Adelaide, Ivan Winter made a crucial decision that affected the rest of his life. He entered an entirely different world of rockets and space research at Woomera. This is his story which will appeal to those interested in the mid north of South Australia and those fascinated by the work at Woomera. Ivan worked on both the Black Knight and Blue Streak rockets and in this book he describes the eccentricities and dedication of the engineers and scientists. . New. 1st Edition. Softcover.


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    $125.00

    Summer Pyrotechnics Chemistry Seminars Washington College Chestertown, Maryland 1999

    Very Good with no dust jacket. 1999. Three ring binder. Three ring binder. Owners notes throughout, else Very Good. 1999. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall .


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    High altitude rocket research by Newell, Homer E

    New York: Academic Press, 1953. Newell, Homer E. (1915-83). High altitude rocket research. xiv, 298pp. Text illustrations. New York: Academic Press, Inc., 1953. 230 x 154 mm. Original cloth, dust-jacket (chipped at upper and lower margins, small tape repairs). Very good. First Edition. "This title represents the first systematic treatise of the use of rockets as upper atmospheric research tools. It describes the various rocket vehicles used as instrument carriers (V2, Viking, Aerobee, etc), gives firing summaries, and covers the nature of the atmosphere, vehicle performance, payloads, motions, data recovery, measurements, radiations, high altitude photography, etc." (Ordway). Ordway, Frederick I., "Annotated Bibliography of Space Science and Technology; A History of Astronautical Book Literature--1931-1962." Boggs SpaceBooks® New & Used Books on the History of Space Exploration. Web. 03 June 2011.


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    Jane's Pocket Book of Space Exploration by Wilding-White, T. M

    Place_Pub: New York: Collier Books, 1977. 1st Collier Edition. First? Printing. good, ex-lib.. 11 x 18 cm, 238, wraps, illus., index, usual library markings.


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    Sputniks to Space Travel

    Toronto: Northern Book House, 1958. 45p., staplebound wraps, toned newsprint; front cover heavily foxed. Northern Translations Service Report #7. "More than 30 top cosmic scientists of the Soviet Union give you their authoritative, fascinating views." Pro-Soviet Canadian press.


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    Saturn V the Complete Manufacturing and Test Records by Lawrie, Alan and Robert Godwin

    Apogee Books. 2005. Wraps. 1894959194 . Wraps (softcover). 2005. Apogee Books. 328 pages. Very Good Plus condition. ; Vol. 54; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 328 pages .


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    200 MILES UP: THE CONQUEST OF THE UPPER AIR .. by Vaeth, J. Gordon

    New York: The Ronald Press Company, [1951].. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-ix [x] xi-xiii [xiv] [1-2] 3-207 208: blank], 63 illustrations and figures in the text, endpaper charts, publisher's dark blue cloth stamped in gold. First edition. An account of the American upper air research program since its inception in 1946, written by the then current head of the U.S. Navy's New Weapons and Systems Division. "A very well-illustrated report on work in the upper atmosphere with unmanned stratosphere balloons and rockets" (Ley). Ciancone 221. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 495. Bookplate of early aeronautics collector Merritt Edward Peck affixed to the front paste-down. A fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket with wear and some tape along top and bottom edges. (#160315)


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    Woomera by Southall, Ivan

    Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1962. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition. No dustjacket. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. Previous owner's details to front free end paper. 264 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    RAKETEN IN DER IONOSPHÄRENFORSCHUNG. EINE EINFÜHRUNG IN DIE PROBLEME DER FUNKORTUNG, FERNLENKUNG UND FERNMESSUNG VON HÖHENRAKETEN UND MEßSATELLITEN .. by Burgess, Eric

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Deutsche Radar-Verlagsgesellschaft m b H, 1956.. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-9 [10] 11-192, 112 illustrations, diagrams and figures, some on plate paper, but mostly in the text, original gray cloth stamped in gold. First edition in German. A German edition of FRONTIER TO SPACE (1955). "Contains information on V-2, Viking and Veronique programs" (Ciancone). "Good general nontechnical review of methods of investigating the upper atmosphere" (Humphries). A PRESENTATION COPY WITH SIGNED INSCRIPTION BY BURGESS TO THE BRITISH INTERPLANETARY SOCIETY on the front free endpaper. Ciancone 34. Humphries, Rockets and Guided Missiles 19. Partial, very faint tape ghosts on free endpapers, a very good, bright copy. (#135566)


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    Kingdom of Lesotho / Space Exploration Issue 1981

    Masuru, Lesotho: the kingdom, 1981. Single leaf of thick glossy stock, 8x23 inches, recto and verso texts with seven exhibit photos in color, five of which of postal stamps. Voyager One had recently beamed images of Saturn; three stamps illustrate the probe's encounters and two the Space Shuttle. Find an Official Order Form at one end, it has suffered a teensy corner-crease, a very good copy.


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    HOW TO BUILD ROCKET SHIPS: A NON-TECHNICAL BOOK OF ROCKET SHIPS OF THE FUTURE AND HOW TO BUILD A MODEL ROCKET SHIP by Johnson Smith & Company

    Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ont., Canada: Published by Johnson Smith & Company, n.d. [1935?]. Small octavo, pp. [1-2] [1] 2-14 [15-46: ads], illustrations, pictorial wrappers, stapled. First edition. Probably the first printing of this booklet, a novelty catalogue published by Johnson Smith & Company, copyright 1935. A brief account of rockets and rocket propulsion and instructions for making rocket engines and fuel for model airplanes, cars and boats is found on pages [1]-14. Small chip from top right corner of first leaf, pulp text paper browned, else a nearly fine copy of this very ephemeral and fragile production. OCLC reports one copy (Brown University). This printing is rare. (#162803)


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    Crossbow & Overcast by McGovern, James

    Hutchinson & Co, London, 1965. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. appendix, acknowledgements, notes and sources and index. Gray coloured and pages. The text is illustrated with 8 pages of black and white photography between pages 112 and 113. Black coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the back strip. Illustrated dustwrapper (wraparound) with black and white coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. Black-and-white photograph of author to the rear fold over panel. A book in two separate parts, though dealing with the same general concept – German scientists. The first part, code named Crossbow – dealing with the discovery and defeating of the German rocket programme, and, part two, Operation Overcast, by which the Americans used methods both fair and foul to bring to America not only the documentation on rockets but also the scientists at the forefront of rocket technology – Werner von Braun being the most well-known. Softening of the back strip edges with rubbing of the book corners and lower book edges. Handling marks to the book panels with age toning of the text block edges and pages. Foxing to the edges and to the pages. Offset tanning to the end pages. Chipping to the dustwrapper corners and back strip edges. The top edge has a small tear which a previous owner has supported with tape – tape still in situ. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. [11], 4 - 279, [1] pages,. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Military & Warfare; Rockets; Science & Technology. Inventory No: 0123762. .


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    LA VIE SERAIT -- ELLE POSSIBLE A BORD DE SATELLITES ARTIFICIELS DE LA TERRE OU DE PROJECTILES ASTRONAUTIQUES? .. by Esclangon, M. Ernest

    Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1950.. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-2] 3-18 [19-21: ads] [22: imprint], original orange printed wrappers. First edition. Offprint from MEMORIAL DE L'ARTILLERIE FRANCAISE, Volume 23, number 4 (1949). An important paper by a French astronomer and mathematician, who became director of l'Observatoire de Paris and president of the l'Académie des Sciences, on the possibility of manned space flights and the use of earth orbiting artificial satellites for scientific and military purposes, with emphasis on ballistic and mechanical issues. Not in Ciancone. Covers a bit rubbed at edges, tiny chip from lower left corner of rear cover, a very good copy. (#135452)


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