First Edition, First Printing of Heinlein's First Published NovelRobert A. Heinlein. Rocket Ship Galileo. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947.
First edition, first printing. Octavo. 212 pages.
Black decorative cloth over boards. Green lettering to spine. Illustrated by Thomas W. Voter. Yellow endpapers. Publisher's seal and "A" on copyright page, designating first edition, first printing. Very good condition in a price-clipped dust jacket.
"Rocket Ship Galileo, written by Robert Heinlein and published in 1947, is generally considered the first American juvenile science fiction work that merited any serious critical attention. For the first time - at least, as far as most specialists in children's literature knew - an author expertly blended together characters, subject matter, and plot in a way that was novel, relevant, and appealing to young readers" (Anatomy of Wonder).
Heinlein's first published novel.
Anatomy of Wonder, p. 302. Bleiler, Checklist, p. 97. Currey, p. 234.
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