V-2.

V-2.

Dornberger, Walter First edition of this biography of the leader of Nazi Germany's V-2 rocket program and other projects at the Peenemunde Army Research Centre. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Joe Kennedy with kind regards The curfew Walter Dornberger Boston, Nov. 26, 1958." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. Translated by James Cleugh and Geoffrey Halliday. Introduction by Willy Ley. Uncommon signed and inscribed. Major-General Dr. Walter Robert Dornberger was a German Army artillery officer whose career spanned World War I and World War II. He was a leader of Nazi Germany's V-2 rocket program and other projects at the Peenemunde Army Research Centre. The author recounts the technical history of development with good technical detail on the problems encountered, the solutions that were tried, and their final resolution. The accomplishments of the technical staff, including von Braun, Gessner and Thiel, are detailed. He describes his meetings with prominent Nazis, including Hitler, Himmler, Goering, and Kammler, including sketches of their character and mannerisms. Toward the end of the war, a number of power struggles occurred that detracted from the deployment. While the V-2 could have changed the course of the war, it's deployment came too late. Following the war, he was detained for a number of years and then, along with some other German rocket scientists, Dornberger was released and brought to the United States under the auspices of Operation Paperclip and worked for the United States Air Force for three years, developing guided missiles. From 1950 to 1965, he worked for the Bell Aircraft Corporation, where he worked on several projects, rising to the post of Vice-President. He played a major role in the creation of the North American X-15 aircraft and was a key consultant for the Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar project. He also had a role on the creation of ideas and projects, which, in the end, led to the creation of the Space Shuttle. Dornberger also developed Bell's ASM-A-2, the world's first guided nuclear air-to-surface missile developed for the Strategic Air Command.
A Tale of Two Cities.

A Tale of Two Cities.

Dickens, Charles First edition, first issue of one of Dickens' most enduring works, with p. 213 misnumbered "113," the signature mark "b" at the foot of the plate list, and the misspelling "affetcionately" on line 12, p. 134. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition. A very nice example. The most famous and possibly the most popular of Dickens's novels, A Tale of Two Cities shows a master of dramatic narrative extracting gold from the ore of history. If the bloody tableau of the French Revolution were not in itself sufficient for a dozen novels, Dickens added to it a professional resurrectionist, an authentic ogress, and an antihero as convincingly flawed as any in modern literature. "Dickens had always admired Carlyle's History of the French Revolution, and asked him to recommend suitable books from which he could research the period; in reply Carlyle sent him a 'cartload' of volumes. So great was [Dickens'] enthusiasm for the story that it had indeed 'taken in possession' of him. The force of the novel springs from its exploration of darkness and death but its beauty derives from Dickens' real sense of transcendence, from his ability to see the sweep of destiny" (Ackroyd, 858). The last of Dickens' books to be illustrated by H.K. Browne ("Phiz"), with 16 engraved plates by him. "Browne, for 23 years responsible for all the etchings which had so successfully embellished these [Dickens'] books, produced his last drawings for the present work. Bradbury and Evans, the printers of all and publishers of five of Dickens' works as issued in monthly parts, had ceased to act in this dual capacity after completion of Little Dorrit. [resulting] in the return of Chapman and Hall as publishers of this and all succeeding works" (Hatton & Cleaver, 333).