The Astronaut - Journal of the Manchester Interplanetary Society, No. 1, Vol. 2 (February, 1938)
Very rare original issue of The Astronaut, the Journal of the Manchester Interplanetary Society, of which apparently only four issues were produced. Formed in 1936 by Eric Burgess and a small group of rocket enthusiasts, the Society was disbanded in early 1939 due to lack of funding and members. A year prior to this issue, in March 1937, two of its members were injured in a rocket experiment. Most of the active members received a summons to appear at the City Police Court, charging that they "unlawfully did manufacture a certain explosive not being allowed by section 4 and 39 of the Explosives Act, 1875". In the event, Eric Burgess successfully argued that they were not manufacturing explosives but conducting rocket propulsion experiments and the legal proceedings came to an abrupt end. Cleater writes of the "rocket ban" in this issue, arguing that the British government precludes rocket experimentation "anywhere within these isles."
Manchester, England: Manchester Interplanetary Society, 1938. Edited by H.E. Turner. Stapled wraps, pp. 12. Very good condition, light shelfwear and a few instances of mild discoloration, two punch holes near spine.
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