(#142811) L'ASTRONAUTIQUE [and] L'ASTRONAUTIQUE COMPLÉMENT. Robert Esnault-Pelterie.

L'ASTRONAUTIQUE [and] L'ASTRONAUTIQUE COMPLÉMENT. Paris: Imprimerie A. Lahure [and Imprimerie Chaix], 1930-1935. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-6] [1] 2 [3] 4 [5-6] 6a-6b: blank/errata] [7] 8 [9] 10-248 [249-250: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks]; [1-3] 4-93 [94: blank] [95-102] [103-104: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], mimeographed folded errata leaf bound into COMPLÉMENT after title leaf, 9 large folded plates in the main volume, plus 1 large folded plate in the COMPLÉMENT, original orange wrappers printed in black. First edition, second ("thin paper") issue. A set of the "thin paper" or "trade" issue, preceded by the "author's" issue which is printed on wood pulp paper. "Esnault-Pelterie's greatest contribution ... [It] covered virtually all that was then known of rocketry and space flight" (Von Braun and Ordway). Generally considered to be one of the four most important early works published on the subject, along with the early writings of Oberth, Hohmann and Goddard. Ciancone 66. Humphries, Rockets and Guided Missiles 5 and 6. Interlibrum 270 #115, 116, and 117. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, pp. 162, 505. Von Braun and Ordway, History of Rocketry and Space Travel, p. 75. A fine set. Many of these books, as well as the author's research, were deliberately destroyed when the Germans marched into Paris in 1940. (#142811).

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