Lasser, David (1902-96). The conquest of space. , 271pp. 4 plates, including frontispiece; text illustrations. New York: Penguin Press, 1931. 201 x 137 mm. Original gilt-stamped cloth, printed dust-jacket (worn and chipped as usual for this title), spine lettering darkened and rubbed, lettering on front cover partly rubbed, but very good.
First Edition of the first non-fiction book in English to address the notion of spaceflight as a serious possibility. The work includes discussions of the rocketry researches of Robert Goddard and Hermann Oberth, and its artwork was clearly inspired by Oberth’s rocket designs. The Conquest of Space inspired a generation of science-fiction writers, including Arthur C. Clarke, who acknowledged his debt to Lasser in an introduction to the 2002 reprint of Lasser’s book.
This book is rarely found with its dust jacket preserved. Though the jacket on this copy is worn and repaired it is about as good as any copies of the original jacket that have survived.Book Id: 40926