Kaluga: Self-published, 1929. 32 pp. 17x13 cm. Publisher’s printed wrappers. In custom made cardboard case. Very good. Faded signature of the former owner on the front cover (pencil), markings in text (pencil).
Author’s inscription on the verso of the front cover in Russian in red ink: “To greatly respected G.A. Buturlin from grateful author. Kaluga 24 April 1929. K. Tsiolkovsky”.
First edition. One of 2000 copies.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) was one of the fathers of rocketry and cosmonautics and a very productive writer. In this little brochure he put three articles on of his mane topics - exploration of the space and the dominance of humanity throughout: ‘‘Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever’’. Tsiolkovsky defended the idea of the diversity of life forms in the Universe, was the first theorist and propagandist of space exploration by man.
Worldcat locates one copy at The British Library.