PLANTS AND ANIMALS IN SPACE - TSIOLKOVSKY KONSTANTIN Konstantin Zsiolkovsky rare signed 1929 booklet
PLANTS AND ANIMALS IN
SPACE - TSIOLKOVSKY KONSTANTIN
Konstantin Zsiolkovsky rare signed 1929 booklet
32 pp booklet signed, dated, and dedicated by Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Zsiolkovsky (1857-1935) in red ball point pen in Cyrillic on front fly leaf. Translated, the inscription reads:
"To G. Baturein with deep respect from the author, Kaluga, April 24, 1929, K. Zsiolkovsky".
Soft heavy-weight purple paper covers with minor darkening around spine. Overall toning, a few wrinkles, and sporadic pencil inscriptions found in the interior of the booklet. In very good to near fine condition, measuring 5.125" x 6.75".
Housed in a full straight grain Morocco, box lettered in both English and Cyrillic.
Konstantin Zsiolkovsky, the leading rocket scientist and aeronautical theoretician in pre-Revolutionary Russia and the early Soviet Union, wrote over 400 works exploring aspects of space travel and engineering. In 90 published works, Zsiolkovsky theorized about space ships, stations, and colonies, and also designed modifications to trains, planes, balloons, and hovercraft. This booklet discusses plants and animals in space.
Zsiolkovsky signed this booklet in 1929 from his home in Kaluga. The scientist lived in a log cabin in the remote village located 120 miles southwest of Moscow for most of his life. The same year, he
released a book investigating the use of multistage rockets to facilitate space flight. Still used today, multistage rockets are rockets whose used fuel canisters break off when consumed.