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    Robert H. Goddard. A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution: 1919. First edition, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Volume 71, Number 2. Octavo (9.25 x 6.125 inches; 236 x 155 mm.). [2, blank], [iv], 69, [75, blank] pages; twenty-five photographic illustrations on five double-sided plates (one additional blank plate) inserted after the text. Near-contemporary reddish-brown cloth; spine lettered in gilt; page edges sprinkled brown; patterned endpapers. Page margins very faintly toned. Nearly fine. A seminal work on rocketry. From the Collection of Daniel J. King.

    "Goddard published his first major work in 1919. A sixty-nine-page treatise titled 'On a Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes.' It was a serious technical study of how two-stage, solid-propellant rockets could be used to lift scientific instruments high into Earth's atmosphere, and ended with brief discussions of liquid-propellant rockets and the possibility of sending a rocket to the moon. Funded and published by the Smithsonian Institution, Goddard's pamphlet-sized work oozed respectability. The argument was dense, the writing dry, and the pages studded with equations and tables of data. It was, in other words, a model of respectable scientific writing, and it addressed an important scientific problem: how to gather atmospheric data from altitudes higher than the seven miles balloons could reach," A. Bowdoin Van Riper, Rockets and Missiles, 29.


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