VON BRAUN, Wernher, Silvio A. BEDINI and Fred WHIPPLE. Moon. Man's Greatest Adventure. SIGNED BY ALL TWELVE MOON WALKERS. New York: Harry N. Abrams. 1970.
Folio. Original blue cloth and wrapper, in custom-made black cloth fall-down-back box; pp. 267, 278 illustrations of which 143 in full colour; with loose colour photograph of the lunar rover; binding a little tender, very good. Provenance: uniquely signed by all twelve Apollo moon walkers. Neil Armstrong has signed to his image on p. 179, Buzz Aldrin to p. 200, Pete Conrad to a separate postcard and the rest to the title page. This book was originally owned by a collector called Jerry Le May, who collected five of the astronaut signatures, including Armstrong and Aldrin. The book was sold in 1993 by Sotheran's to another collector who gathered the remaining signatures. Pete Conrad's autograph was sourced on a separate postcard from another dealer, as he died before the collector was able to meet him. A certificate of authenticity accompanies Conrad's signature, while John Young has also provided a certificate.
First edition. This is a lavish coffee table book produced to commemorate the moon landings by Werner von Braun, the mastermind behind the US spaceflight programme. What makes this copy so special is that it carries the signatures of all twelve Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon. It is very rare to find all of them together, especially as Neil Armstrong signed very little. John Young and Alan Shepard were also reluctant to give signatures.