Lavishly-illustrated book about the moon, signed to the editor by the crew that landed there first.Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Book: Moon, Man's Greatest Adventure (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1970). Text by Wernher von Braun, Silvio A. Bedini, and Fred L. Whipple. Edited by Davis Thomas. Folio (12.25" x 15.5"), 267 pages, blue cloth boards with silver gilt spine title and front board illustration, dust jacket present. The title page has been inscribed "For David [sic] Thomas from" in an unknown hand and authentically signed "Neil Armstrong" (3.5" x 3"), "M Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin" (3.5" long). Fine condition with the original custom Abrams protective carton included.
To quote from the editor's preface: "This book is occasioned by a single event-the Apollo 11 manned landing on the surface of the moon. Without this accomplishment there would have been neither the impetus nor the justification for a book of this nature..."
Editor Davis Thomas presented a copy of this book to each of the three Apollo 11 crew members. The letter of thanks he received from Neil Armstrong is also offered in this auction ( Lot 41071 ).
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