Exploring the Possibility of Interplanetary Voyages

    Robert Esnault-Pelterie. L'Exploration par Fusées de la tres Haute Atmosphere et la Possibilité des Voyages Interplanétaires. Paris: Societe Astronomique de France, 1928. First edition. With the author's presentation inkstamp on page [1] ("Hommage a/R. Esnault P.") Octavo. [viii], 96 pages. Original red printed wrappers. Some sunning, rubbing, a few short tears and light creasing to wrappers, a few small repairs on inner wrappers. Pages unopened. Fine. Housed in cloth clamshell case. [Together With:] L'Astronautique [And:] L'Astronautique Complément. Paris: A. Lahure [and unknown], 1930, 1935. First editions of Esnault-Pelterie's expansion of L'Exploration par Fusées, his greatest contribution to astronautics. Two octavo volumes. [ii], 248, [2, blank]; 93, [1, blank], [8, Appendice] pages. With nine folding charts in the first volume, and one folding chart in the second volume. Original printed red wrappers. Some sunning, rubbing, a few short tears to wrappers, else fine.

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    Esnault-Pelterie (1891-1957) had a long history of interest in aviation (he was the fourth person in France to ever hold a pilot's license). He was greatly respected for his experiments in aviation, which led to enclosed steel fuselages, the iconic pilot's stick, and improved wingtips for greater stability. After a terrible accident in 1908 prevented him from piloting again, he turned his considerable abilities to the potential of space flight. He even established a 5,000 Franc prize to be given to the author of the finest work on astronautics (the Prix REP-Hirsch). The first recipient was Hermann Oberth. Norman 714.

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