12 June 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 9,375
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
GODDARD, Robert H. (1882-1945). Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1936.
8o. 11 plates on 6 sheets. Original printed wrappers, uncut and partially unopened. A very fine copy.
FIRST EDITION of a fundamental scientific paper. Goddard flew the first liquid-fuel rocket on 16 March 1926 near Auburn, Mass. His 1914 patent for a liquid-fuel gun rocket had led to some recognition and modest financial support from the Smithsonian Institution. "By temperament and training Goddard was not a team worker, yet he laid the foundation from which team workers could launch men to the moon" (DSB). Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Volume 71, Number 3.
[With:] GODDARD, Robert H. Rockets. New York, 1946. 8o. Original cloth, dust jacket (2 copies). -- Rocket Development, Liquid-Fuel Rocket Resarch 1929-41. New York, 1948. - VON BRAUN, Wernher. The Mars Project. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY inscribed: "To Ronald Wakeford, affectionately, Wernher von Braun." -- BERGAUST, Erik. Reaching for the Stars, a biography of the great pioneer in space exploration Wernher von Braun. New York, 1960. FIRST EDITION, presentation copy inscribed by Wernher von Braun. -- OBERTH, Hermann. Man into Space. New York, 1957. First American Edition. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed "For. Mr. Ronald C. Wakeford, with the authors compliments, H. Oberth. (7)
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