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Rockets: The Future of Travel Beyond the Stratosphere by Willy Ley - First Edition - 1944 - from Uncommon Works, IOBA and Biblio.com

Rockets: The Future of Travel Beyond the Stratosphere

by Willy Ley

Condition: Very good


New York: The Viking Press, 1944. First Edition. Cloth. Very good. A very good first edition. Blue cloth boards. Binding is soft. Shelfwear on head and tail of spine. Previous owner's name stamped on first free endpaper. Top edge painted red. Pages have mild toning. Illustrations throughout book. No dust jacket. 287 pp., including index. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches tall, octavo. Willy Otto Oskar Ley (October 2, 1906 – June 24, 1969) was a German-American science writer... The crater Ley on the far side of the Moon is named in his honor... His book Rockets – the Future of Travel Beyond the Stratosphere (1944) describes the early rockets at VfR and more futuristic projects to reach the moon using a 3-stage rocket "as high as 1/3 of the Empire State Building" – a very good estimate of the height of the Saturn V rocket designed 20 years later." -- Wikipedia


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