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    Ex. Charlie Duke

    Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Book: First on the Moon, as Presented to Charlie Duke, the Mission CapCom During Their Moon Landing. A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970). Written with Gene Farmer and Dora Jane Hamblin. Epilogue by Arthur C. Clarke. First edition. Inscribed and signed on the half-title page: "To Our Good/ Friends & Co-Workers on Apollo 11/ ----The Dukes----/ With our thanks/ Neil Armstrong", "Buzz Aldrin", "Mike Collins", and "'We copy you down, Eagle/Charles M. Duke, Jr/ Apollo 11 Capcom". On the front free endpaper is a signed "From the Library of" bookplate from Duke. Hardbound in unclipped dust jacket ($7.95), octavo, 434 pages, illustrated. Fine.

    Included with this lot is a signed, illustrated Letter of Certification from Duke on his letterhead. It reads, in full: "This is to certify that the accompanying first edition copy of "FIRST ON THE MOON" was inscribed to me by the Apollo 11 crew in my role as their landing "CAPCOM"

    "During Apollo 11, I was the Mission Control Capsule Communicator (or "CAPCOM") for both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they landed on the Moon aboard their Lunar Module "Eagle".

    "As their "CAPCOM", I served as the crew's official contact person in Mission Control back on Earth, where I talked them down to the "Sea of Tranquility" on the evening of July 20, 1969.

    "Upon landing, Aldrin transmitted man's first words from the moon: "Contact light, OK, Engine Stop", and I replied with the first words ever transmitted to man on the moon: "We copy you down, Eagle".

    "Moments later, Neil Armstrong said to me: "Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed"

    "In 1972, I followed Neil and Buzz to the Moon, where I planted my own footprints in the lunar dust as only the tenth man to ever walk on the Moon during Apollo 16.

    "After the mission, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins published their historic account of the first manned lunar landing in a book entitled FIRST ON THE MOON.

    "This Historic Copy, inscribed to me by the complete Apollo 11 crew as their landing 'CAPCOM', originates from my personal space library, where it was proudly housed for nearly forty years. April 19, 2007."

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