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1 Herschel, Mrs. John. MEMOIR AND CORRESPONDENCE OF CAROLINE HERSCHEL.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1876. 
Green cloth with decorative devices stamped in black and lettering stamped in gilt. xii, 355, [3]. Ex-library, with library book plate and embossed library emblem on ffep. Head and foot of spine rubbed. Corners bent. Else very good. The first woman to discover a comet, Herschel lived from 1750-1848. Hers was truly a Cinderella story. Caroline Herschel was born on March 16, 1750 in Hanover, Germany. Caroline's mother did not see the need for a girl to become educated and preferred to make Caroline a house servant to the rest of the family. Stricken with typhus at the age of ten, which stunted her growth, Caroline never married. Instead, she became her brother's housekeeper. Her brother, William Herschel, trained her in voice lessons and mathematics, and eventually she began to help him with his hobby, astronomy and telescope-making. She helped her brother develop the modern mathematical approach to astronomy. In 1783 Caroline Herschel discovered three new nebulae. Between 1786 and 1797 she discovered eight comets. In later years, Caroline catalogued every discovery she and William had made. Two of the astronomical catalogues published by Caroline Herschel are still in use today. On her ninety sixth birthday, Caroline Herschel was awarded the King of Prussia's Gold Medal of Science for her life long achievements.

 
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2 Kaplan, Joseph; Von Braun, Wernher; Haber, Heinz; Ley, Willy; Schachter, Oscar; Whipple, Fred L.; Ryan, Cornelius, Ed. ACROSS THE SPACE FRONTIER.
New York: Viking Press, 1952. First edition 
4to. [i-viii]ix-xiv, 147pp. First edition with the 1952 on the copyright page and "Published by the Viking Press in September, 1952" on the copyright page. A space-age treasury written by a Who's Who of rocket science. Even though NASA had not yet been created and Sputnik wouldn't be launched for another five years, this book and its often imitated illustrations let people know that the future had arrived. Very good in a good dustjacket with chips to head and foot of spine and corners.

 
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3 Kounalakis, Markos . DEFYING GRAVITY: THE MAKING OF NEWTON.
Hillsboro, Oregon: Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 1993. First edition 
11" x 9" oblong. Very good book in a very good dustjacket. Boards lightly warped. Text by Markos Kounalakis, Photography by Doug Menuez, Introduction by Paul Saffo. DEFYING GRAVITY, which traces the development of Apple's first handheld computing device, The Newton, "explores the process by which an idea is born and translated into a product on which fortunes can be made or lost."

 
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4 Levitt, Dr. I.M. A SPACE TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO MARS.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1956. First edition 
8vo. [i-vi], vii-x, 175 pp. Rust-colored boards with black lettering on spine. From the dustjacket (which is in two pieces now protected by mylar): "The bulk of the book makes interplanetary flight sound as if it were just around the corner." Near fine book in good dustjacket.

 
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5 Worden, Col. Alfred M. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A FLIGHT TO THE MOON. SIGNED.
New York: Doubleday, 1974. First edition 
Sm. 4to. 64 pp. Near fine book in a bright dustjacket with a few closed tears (repaired on the reverse with tape) and creases. Inscribed by the author, an Apollo 15 astronaut. Written for children (with an introduction by none other than Mr. Rogers), Worden, the astronaut-author, answers such questions as: Why go to the moon? What would you do if you were stuck in space forever? How do you eat in space? How do you go to the bathroom? With a newspaper clipping laid-in, dated Friday,November 8, 1974 and featuring Worden signing copies of the book for children. An interesting space-age souvenir, with children as its intended audience and signed by the author.

 
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