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Posts: 310
From: Chillicothe, Ohio, usa
Registered: Mar 2004

posted 11-12-2005 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jam1970   Click Here to Email jam1970     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I collect limited edition books signed by astronauts and related authors. I am trying to create a list of books that are signed limited. Below is the list I currently have - does anyone have any to add? I know there is a limited Armstong book out there but I don't know the name.

Easton Astronaut series (Limited to 3000)

  • We Seven (Carpenter, Scott, Gordon Cooper and John Glenn)
  • Schirra's Space
  • Moon Shot
  • Countdown
  • Men From Earth
  • Lost Moon
Easton - first signed
  • John Glenn: A Memoir
  • Lost Moon (Lovell)
  • Apollo: An Eyewitness Account (Bean)
  • Leap of Faith (Cooper)
  • The Return (Aldrin)
  • For Spacious Skies (Carpenter)
NASA 40th Anniversary (Limited to 1500)
Scott Carpenter, Walt Cunningham, Vance Brand, Richard Gordon, Guenter Wendt, Brian Duffy, Dan Brandenstein, Rick Hieb, Winston Scott, Bob Crippen, Bruce McCandless, Dick Covey, Jack Lousma, and Daniel Brandenstein
  • Greatest Adventure: Apollo 13 and Other Space Adventures (Limited to 2000)
    Scott Carpenter, Charles Conrad Jr., Thomas P. Stafford, Alan L. Bean, Edward G. Gibson, Sally K. Ride, James Michener

  • Franklin Mint 20th Anniversary of Space Age - Alexei Leonov

  • Apollo 17 Mission Reports (Limited to 350) - Harrison Schmitt, Eugene Cernan

  • Flatsigned Press (Limited to 1500)
    Encounter with Tiber (Aldrin)

  • History of Rocketry - Wernher Von Braun

Matt T

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From: Chester, Cheshire, UK
Registered: May 2001

posted 11-13-2005 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a limited run of a book about Bill Lear signed by Armstrong and Aldrin.


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From: Carrollton, GA USA
Registered: Jan 2003

posted 11-28-2005 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FlatSigned Press also published a S/L edition of Buzz Aldrin's Men From Earth.

Lost Moon was published in a S/L/1st edition in leather signed by both authors (different from the one done by Easton Press a few years later)

Easton Press published a S/L/1st (leather) of The Trikon Deception by William Pogue & Ben Bova.


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From: Tucson, Arizona
Registered: Jan 2009

posted 04-28-2009 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JPSastro   Click Here to Email JPSastro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI: Found this site. Did not see anyone list as of yet.

Editor's note: Threads merged.


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From: Bratislava, Slovakia
Registered: Apr 2009

posted 04-29-2009 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not quite sure this falls within the category but Apogee Books released "The Real Space Cowboys" signed by Wally Schirra and Ed Buckbee and "Around the World in 84 Days" signed by Jerry Carr.


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From: Crestwood, MO
Registered: Mar 2009

posted 10-29-2009 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received a copy of Buzz Aldrin's "Men From Earth" from an eBay auction. It is the leather bound Flatsigned Edition, limited to 1500 copies. The quality is very high like the Easton Press books, however for some reason Tim Miller, the Flatsigned publisher, did not include the photos that are in the regular edition.

For you book collectors out there, does this detract from its ultimate value and collectability to you? I'm considering returning it even though I got the book for far less than Aldrin’s signing fee it sort of lessens it's value to me, am I being too picky?


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From: North Carolina, US of A
Registered: Aug 2006

posted 10-29-2009 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bookcollector   Click Here to Email bookcollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My initial feeling is the same as yours. If anything, I think a S/L edition should have MORE material than the original, not less.

The pictures are part of the overall message of the book. I'm glad you posted this, because I've been noticing these books going for cheap on eBay, and had intended to get one. Now I think I'll pass.

Still, a guaranteed signature for less than Buzz's signing price? Hmm...


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From: Crestwood, MO
Registered: Mar 2009

posted 10-29-2009 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by bookcollector:
Still, a guaranteed signature for less than Buzz's signing price? Hmm...
From that stand point it was a very good deal. Limited to 1500 copies. Currently selling for $189 on the Flatsigned web but much less on eBay. I just won mine for about $86 with shipping included. It is a very high quality book, just omitting the photos. Like you, I think the photos are critical and special editions should/could even contain more content.

These special editions are good in the sense that they are limited, even the somewhat open editions from Easton Press like their current astronaut offerings are "limited" in that while they aren't numbered the ultimate number sold will never be too high. Easton also had a S/N run for "Men From Earth". As far as astronaut autobiographies go, I found Aldrin's "Men From Earth" very solid. To me better than "Return to Earth."

Easton currently has Dr. Aldrin's "Magnificent Desolation" available. I can't comment on that book, I haven't read it yet. They also currently have Mike Mullane's "Riding Rockets", excellent. Walter Cunningham's, "The All American Boys" the revised edition, also excellent as well as the revised edition of Edgar Mitchell's "The Way of the Explorer for only the cost of his current signing fee. Another special moonwalker bargain is Capt. Cernan's "Last Man on the Moon." They also have Jim Lovell's "Lost Moon" under it's new title of "Apollo 13." Currently Easton is the best place to pick up special astronaut editions.

The added advantage is the signatures are absolutely guaranteed to be authentic on these known editions so if you ever do resell that should never be an issue. The certificates of authenticity are something of a joke, if they can fake the special edition the cert should prove to be no problem to fake as well. I've read by some believing the signatures on those are real. They are not, they are very good facsimile signatures.

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