Armstrong, Neil, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. First on the Moon. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1970. Stated first edition and original dust jacket. Presented in custom archival slipcase.
This is a stated first edition and first printing of First on the Moon. Written by astronauts Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, with an epilogue by Arthur C. Clarke, this book contains a signed card by Buzz Aldrin. Published in 1970 by Little, Brown and Company, the book includes black and white photographs throughout. The original dust jacket is protected by a mylar cover and presented in a custom black slipcase.
The three authors and astronauts were the men who successfully carried out the Apollo 11 mission that landed men on the Moon on July 20, 1969. During the mission, Armstrong was the first to step onto the Moon’s surface, quickly followed by Aldrin. Meanwhile, Collins manned the ship and was the second man to orbit the moon. The mission marked a major milestone for the United States and the world, as the public erupted with joy upon the safe return of the astronauts. First on the Moon details the historic mission but also adds a very personal note throughout as the astronauts describe how they experienced it in the moment.
Very good condition overall. The dust jacket original and is in very good condition, with only light edgewear and rubbing. The boards and corners are in good shape with some minor denting. The hinges and text binding are tight and strong. Interior pages are very healthy, only minor spotting along outside page edges.
Signature is in the front of the book, on a black card, signed in silver pen "Buzz Aldrin" and underlined twice.
Book is housed in a gorgeous custom clamshell case. Clamshell is quarter black leather with decorative star gilt tooling, gilt titles, and raised bands to spine. The clamshell's cream cloth front features a photograph of Buzz Aldrin standing on the lunar surface.
Dimensions (with clamshell): 10 3/4"H x 7 1/8"W x 2 1/4"D
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