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    Inscribed by Clarke to a Long-Time Friend

    Arthur C. Clarke. Prelude to Space. New York: Gnome Press, [1954].

    First American hardcover edition. Inscribed by Clarke on the front free endpaper: "To Fred & Pip, as a modest / return for much hospitality! / Arthur / Washington 19 Mar 56." Octavo. 191 pages.

    Publisher's blue boards with yellow stamping on the spine. Currey binding A. Light rubbing to edges and spine ends. Endpapers are toned with a large dark area on the rear endpapers created by a piece of high-acid paper which has also caused the rear hinge to open a little. Mild edge wear and soiling to dust jacket, with a quarter-inch chip to upper spine edge. A near fine copy.

    Prelude to Space is Clarke's first published novel. Written in 1947, it is one of the earliest scientifically accurate and realistic accounts of the first Moon voyage. Unlike earlier classics, the emphasis is on preparations rather than the melodrama of the trip itself, anticipating the social, personal, and technical meaning and romance behind the actual conquest of space.

    Inscribed to Frederick C. Durant, III, a key advisor to the U.S. military, intelligence, and civilian space-flight programs of the 1950s and '60s, and a long-time friend of Clarke.

    Anatomy of Wonder 4-155. Currey, p. 115.


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