GRISSOM, Virgil "Gus". Gemini!.

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GRISSOM, Virgil "Gus". Gemini! New York: The Macmillan Company. 1968.

8vo. Original cloth and wrapper; pp. xii + 212, b&w photos throughout; wrapper a little chipped to extremities, very good. Provenance: signature of Ian Ridpath, astronomy writer and broadcaster, to ffep.
Third printing, the earliest printing that ever seems to appear on the market. A gripping first-hand account of the Gemini manned spaceflight programme by the first man to fly in space twice. The book covers the rigours of astronaut training and space-walking as well as Grissom's own experiences on the flight of Gemini 3. Poignantly, only weeks after completing his first draft of the book Grissom was killed in the Apollo 1 launchpad fire - a reminder, if any were needed, of the human cost of the space race.