From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon
By Jules Verne
Illustrations by Robert Stone
1970 ~ The Heritage Press ~ Norwalk, Connecticut
Sewn binding. Decorative Golden cloth over boards. Black lettering and image of the crescent moon on front cover and lettering on the spine. Cardboard slipcase. 10.25", 425 pages, illustrations, introduction, contents, list of illustrations, copy of The Heritage club newsletter, Sandglass, included
Good+ book in Good Slipcase. A clean, solid copy. A chip off the front of the slipcase (see images).
From the Sandglass, Number XI:35 ~
A Flight of Imagination
The Blast-Off from the Florida site was perfect, and the spacecraft hurtled toward its rendezvous with the moon. Inside, the three astronauts arose from their couches where they had reclined to withstand the shock of the launch and celebrated.
That was the beginning of a flight that took place, not during the summer of 1969, but a century earlier in the imagination of that foresighted Frenchman, Jules Verne. As you will see, the similarities between his fictional moonshot and that of our 'Apollo' flights are so uncanny that we suspect some ghostly conspiracy between him and NASA. It was in the two books that constitute this month's publication - 'From the Earth to the Moon' and its sequel 'Around the Moon' - that Verne made his quite remarkable predictions.
For example, Verne's space capsule contained three men, two of whom were Americans. It was made of aluminum, as was the essential structure of 'Apollo II'. Its dimensions, 15 feet high and 9 feet in diameter, were close to those of the 'Apollo' command module - 10 feet 7 inches high and 12 feet 10 inches in diameter.
For the launching, Verne chose a spot about one hundred forty miles south of Cape Canaveral (Kennedy). In his story, Texas vied for the honor; today, Texas has Mission Control. The initial velocity of the Verne craft was estimated at 36,000 feet per second; after the firing of 'Apollo's' third-stage engine, her velocity was 35,533 feet per second. the Verne capsule was scheduled to reach the moon in 97 hours, 13 minutes, 20 seconds; 'Apollo's' time was103 hours, 30 minutes. Verne's capsule orbited the moon several times, often at the exact altitude of the 'Apollo' command ship.