The Conquest of Space by Willy Ley. Sidgwick and Jackson Ltd., 1950. SOLD.
Published by Sidgwick and Jackson Limited, London. First British Edition. Dimensions : 254mm x 187mm x 16mm. Weight : 0.520kg net. Condition : Good.
The Conquest of Space. Paintings by Chesley Bonestell. Text by Willy Ley. Published by Sidgwick and Jackson Limited, London. Made and printed in GB by Purnell and Sons, Ltd., Paulton (Somerset) and London. First printed in this Edition 1950.
Dimensions : 254mm x 187mm x 16mm. Weight : 0.520kg net.
4to, 160 medium duty numbered pages. 48 paintings.
Condition/Notes : Illustrated DJ has wear to front edges with some small tears and creasing to face. Back DJ has wear to edges and sunning/toning to the edges with some small tears. DJ spine with losses top and tail and wear to edges. DJ front fold has tear to top edge with title missing. Price marked 18s. net lower rh corner. Toing to edges. DJ back fold with toning and light wear top and tail. Front black linen board is good with light wear to edges and corners. Light marking to face. Back board similar. Spine with light wear top and tail and silver lettering. Front paste-down and e/p blank with toning band on e/p. pp with title; verso blank. Title page follows with details; printing details verso. Contents follows : Chapters I to IV; verso List of Figures 1a to 18. Facing List of Paintings I to XLVIII. Introduction : Mostly about Chesley Bonestell follows p9 - 12, dated New York May 1, 1949. The Conquest of Space commences. Pages are good with toning to edges with some diagrams. Paintings in black and white and colour by Chesley Bonestell - all good. Blank e/p. Binding quite tight and fully intact. Dusting to edges. A very interesting period study of space research and predictions c1949 enhanced by the excellent artistic works of Bonestell. Please view the images below :