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24 April 2001
GODDARD, Robert H. Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1936.
8o. 11 plates. Original printed wrappers, uncut and partially unopened.
FIRST EDITION. 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 modest recognition and 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.
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