ZERO TO EIGHTY: BEING MY LIFETIME DOINGS, REFLECTIONS, AND INVENTIONS, ALSO MY JOURNEY AROUND THE MOON. Princeton, New Jersey: Scientific Publishing Company, 1937. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [ix-xvi]  2-280 [281-283] [284-288: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], fifteen inserted plates including color frontispiece, diagrams in text, original tan cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. A very technical fictional account of the invention of a spacecraft and circumnavigation of the Moon by the inventor of the Ajax-Northrup high-frequency induction furnace. The experiments begin in 1945 and the flight occurs in 1961. Interesting illustrations. "The book, a semi-fictional autobiography, contains a great deal about the author's experiments with solenoid guns, including photographs, and a résumé of the theory of space travel which Dr. Northrup wanted to accomplish by means of rockets initially accelerated in large solenoid guns" (Ley). Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-45. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 124-25. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 179. Bleiler (1978), p. 162. Reginald 11927. Ciancone 187. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 517. Several short penciled marginalia in the text, else a fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with light wear and several short closed tears at edges, tiny chip from upper right corner of front panel, and some dust soiling to spine and rear panels. A nice example of a striking jacket (which reproduces the color frontispiece on the front panel) seldom found in superior condition. (#146493).
First edition so stated on copyright page.