L'Exploration Par Fusées De La Très Haute Atmosphére Et De La Possibilité De Voyages Interplanétaires
[Exploration by Rocket of the Very High Atmosphere and of the Possibility of Interplanetary Travel]
First separate edition of this cornerstone of spaceflight, inscribed by Esnault on the first page of text "very affectionately" to an unnamed "dear friend" in March, 1928. The french aircraft designer and spaceflight theorist, often referred to as one of the founders of modern rocketry and astronautics, gave this lecture on the problems of space travel, communicating the results of his further theoretical research in astronautics, before the Société Astronomique de France on June 8, 1927 (Norman 714). Inscribed copies are very rare.
Paris: Société Astronomique de France, 1928. Original red printed wrappers, pp. [i-v] vi-vii [I], [I] 2-96 with a duplicate copy of pp. 49-64 tipped in. Binding sound. Wraps show some shelfwear with some splitting along the spine joints, a few instances of minor discoloration. Internally, a few faint thumb smudges else clean, bright and complete.