Inscribed and Signed by the Crew of Apollo 11, the First Manned Lunar Landing Mission

    Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. First on the Moon. A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. Written with Gene Farmer and Dora Jane Hamblin. Epilogue by Arthur C. Clarke. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, [1970].

    First edition. Inscribed and signed on the half-title page: "To Joseph Sakmyster- With Best Wishes Neil Armstrong", and signed "Buzz Aldrin" and "Michael Collins". Octavo. xiii, 434 pages. Black and white illustrations.

    Publisher's black cloth over boards. Blindstamped title on front. Gilt title on spine. In original dust jacket with $7.95 price intact. Lightly rubbed on the spine ends and corners with mild soiling to the rear board. Dust jacket shows minimal edge wear, primarily at the spine ends and corners. There are two light fold lines to the rear inner flap, one running the length. A near fine copy.

    This summer marks the fortieth anniversary of the watershed landing of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle in the moon's Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969 with Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin aboard. This was the culmination of more than eight years of hard work by thousands of talented and brave individuals responding to President John F. Kennedy's challenge, made May 25, 1961: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." Collectors of space memorabilia consider the autographs of the Apollo 11 astronauts an important and necessary acquisition, with all three signatures on one item the ultimate goal. This original signed first edition, telling the inside story of this world-changing event in the words of the very participants, would make a handsome and worthy addition to any collection. Included with the book is a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Space Coast Cover Service.

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