The 1988 Ase Very Rare Home Planet Set With 36 Astronaut & Cosmonaut Autographs
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The 1988 Ase Very Rare Home Planet Set With 36 Astronaut & Cosmonaut Autographs:
THIS sale INCLUDESUNIQUEASE PLATE #156 OF THE 222 THP ASE PLATES EVER ISSUED.
The plate # shown in the above photos is an example only and yours will have IT'S already-assigned unique ASE Number.
ALSO: a sheet to help interpret some of the morecomplex signatures will be supplied with the book.
THP (Home Planet) from a happy THP owner:
Political boundaries are dissolved by a moon's-eye view of Earth to create bold visions of the planet through 150 color photographs culled from the American and then-Soviet archives.
The pictures are allowed to speak for themselves, with only tiny captions describing locales and weather conditions. Commentary is provided solely by eloquent quotes from astronauts of 18 nations which are shown both in original language (be it Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hindi, Mongolian, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Dutch, or Russian) and English translation. The message is simple--we are all citizens of the same global nation.
Conceived and edited for the Association of Space Explorers, no earthling will be unmoved by the views, both photographic and verbal, regarding our home. From desert to arctic, ocean to breadbasket, this book will delight anyone who's ever looked outside an airplane window to marvel at the forms below. This isan original 1988 1st and only edition .
THP (Home Planet) from CSV, an on-line reviewer:
This superb coffee table book by the ASE is especially apt in this day and age, when so much in life feels precarious and precious. A simple and simply eloquent collection of photographs and quotations, it is so much more than the sum of its parts. The astronauts who have either landed on the moon or have orbited the earth have so much to tell us and it's easy to see from the photographs why they feel words fail them. Luckily for us, words DON'T fail them. This select, small group of men and woman try mightily to tell us what their experiences were, and overwhelmingly they succeed in conveying the mystery and beauty they saw from their unique perches in space. A few of the better bits include:
"[From space] you have an almost dispassionate platform--remote, Olympian--and yet [seeing the earth from up there is] so moving that you can hardly believe how emotionally attached you are to those rough patterns shifting steadily below."
- THOMAS STAFFORD, USA
"O. Henry, the American writer, wrote in one of his stories that if you want to encourage the craft of murder, all you have to do is lock up two men for two months in an eighteen-by-twenty-four-foot room. Entering 'Salyut,' which was to be both our home and our office for six months, we told each other: We are brothers. I am you and you are me."
- VALERIE RYUMIN, USSR
"Before I flew, I was already aware of how small and vulnerable our planet is; but only when I saw it from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations."
- SIGMUND JAHN, GERMANY
In no book that I can think of does the phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" better fit. The photographs herein are astonishing in showing the exquisite planet we occupy. A view of England's North Sea coast looks like a slab of lapiz lazuli, its surface flecked with sparkle and hue. Canada's Lake Winnipeg from space has the appearance of something primal, almost fetal. The Indian Ocean off Madagascar looks like a sheet of slate over which some divine presence has tossed a handful of diamonds. So few of us can ever hope to share the experience of these men and women that this book is all the more precious, and beautiful.
This book, "The Home planet", is their first book published and their second book, "The Greatest Adventure" is also dedicated to this ideal, and an excellent companion to their first book, "The Home Planet "
SIX (6) ASTRONAUTS HAND-SIGNED THE "GREATEST ADVENTURE" BOOK PLATE, AND THIRTY-SIX (36) ASTRONAUTS AND COSMONAUTS HAND-SIGNED THISACCOMPANYING, NON-ATTACHED "THE HOME PLANET" PLATE! -- ( YES -- 36!)
I HAVE STORED THEM ALL IN AIR-CONDITIONED LOCKERS SINCE THE 90'S AND HAVE VERY FEW NEW BOOKS LEFT, BUT HAVE SUFFICIENT PLATES TO MEET YOUR NEEDS STILL STORED AND ARE TRULY IMPRESSIVE WHEN FRAMED, AS I HAVE DONE FOR MYSELF.
THIS CURRENT SCARCE AND RARE BOOK SET IS A RESERVED, PLATE #156 SET OF THE 222 EVER PRINTED. I PAID LITERALLY THOUSANDS FOR THESE AND MY OTHER ITEMS I BOUGHT IN THE 90'S FROM FF THAT ARE BEING saleED, AND WILL BE saleED GRADUALLY AS, AT 75, I "DON'T MOVE FAST MUCH ANY MORE" ;-)
REFLECTIONS, SHINY AREAS AND MY MUG ARE FROM MY PHOTO "SKILL"!
BECAUSE OF THE SIZE AND WEIGHT, A LARGE BOX WILL BE NEEDED AND SHIPPING SHOULD BE AROUND $16 - $22 DOLLARS PRIORITY MAIL BASED ON YOUR DESTINATION..
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See List of Space Explorers at Apr-16-13 at 09:24:48 PDT, seller added the following information::DESCRIPTION ADDENDUM:
THE 10TH PICTURE - THE ONE ON THE FAR RIGHT - IS MY OWN ITEM AND SHOWN ONLY TO DEMONSTRATE HOW IT LOOKS FRAMED.
ALSO - I HAVE JUST INVENTORIED THE BOOKS AND HAVE ONLY FOUR (4) MORE HOME PLANET BOOKS WITH THE PLATE OF 36 SIGNATURES. :-(
I DO HAVE MORE GREATEST ADVENTURE BOOKSW/ 6-SIG PLATES THAT WILL BE saleED SOON. :-)