THE CONQUEST OF SPACE. Paintings by Chesley Bonestell. Text by Willy Ley. New York: The Viking Press, 1949. Large octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-160, illustrated with numerous astronomical paintings, many in color, by Chesley Bonestell, cloth. First edition. "Richly illustrated popular introduction to the application of rockets for passenger transportation, followed by a survey of the moon and other members of the solar system" (Ley). Ciancone 138. Interlibrum 270 #212 (citing a later edition). Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, pp. 516-17. Former owner's signature of verso on front free endpaper. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at edges, mostly to corners and spine ends, and shallow chip from bottom edge of front panel. A nice copy of a book which is hard to find in superior condition. (#160832).
"FIRST PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS IN SEPTEMBER 1949" on copyright page.