"A unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time."Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 Limited Edition Book in Original Case with Signed and Numbered Framed Photo of Buzz Aldrin, Both Originally from His Personal Collection. Authored by Norman Mailer, Colum McCann, and Buzz Aldrin (Cologne: Taschen, 2009). Published for the fortieth anniversary of the landmark Apollo 11 mission, this amazing 348-page, numbered (one of 1957 issued in this edition), hardcover book is housed in a custom-molded white resin box with a convex Plexiglas window; overall dimensions are 15.5" x 18.5" x 2.5" and it's approximately eighteen pounds in weight. Included is a stunning 12.75" x 15.75" archival-quality color photograph of the famous "visor" photo of Aldrin on the moon in a 14.5" x 17.5" Plexiglass frame. This Artist Proof is numbered AP194/200 and the black ink signature on the back is 5.5" long. All original packing included. Book is still in original shrink wrap, the print is pristine, the custom case is excellent.
Norman Mailer, one of the century's great writers, was hired by LIFE Magazine in 1969 to cover the moonshot. From the Taschen website: "Equally adept at examining the science of space travel and the psychology of the men involved-from Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun, to the crucial NASA support staff, to the three astronauts- Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event. The book is heavily illustrated with hundreds of photos and maps from NASA and other archives, many previously unpublished. They are presented with state-of-the-art digital technology. No expense was spared to create this special tribute to this landmark mission." This copy was one owned by Buzz Aldrin who participated in the creation of this book.
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