Moscow: I.D. Sytin, 1893. 48 pp.: ill. 21x14,5 cm. Contemporary quarter-leather. Owner’s stamp on the title page and bookplate on the endpaper. Spine is slightly rubbed, otherwise very good.
First edition. Second book by the author. Extremely rare with no copies found in the Worldcat.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), one of the founding fathers of space science, is well-known for his astronautic theory. His research allowed rocket scientists after him to perform space travel.
But as important as his scientific works are his cosmist beliefs in the ability of intergalactic travels and inhabiting other planets. That altogether makes Konstantin Tsiolkovsky one of the most unorthodox and advanced scientists of his time.
This piece that was created simultaneously with his thesis ‘Maneuverable Metal Aerostat’ could be just an early example of Russian science fiction - a story of two men going to the moon to explore it. But it should not be forgotten that it was written by a man who was partly responsible for the real people appearing on the moon some 70 years later.
The book doesn’t bear any scientific materials, only Tsiolkovsky’s vision of a man’s experience on the moon.