Gennadi Chernenko – Outer Space or Bust A children’s book with a lot of text and many, many fine illustrations. No date on the book, but it has an ISBN (5050017122) so it is likely from the 1980’s. Some nice illustrations of Gagarin and Korolev, as well as many fanciful visions of the future of […]Read more "Outer Space or Bust"
S. Strizhevsky – Nikolai Zhukovsky, Founder of Aeronautics From the Foreign Language Publishing House, 1957 -the same year as the Sputnik 1 launch, it so happens- a biography of Zhukovsky in the ‘Men of Russian Science’ series. Nice looking book.Read more "N. Zhukovsky, Founder of Aeronautics"
G. Zhdanov, I. Tindo – Space Laboratories There’s no date on this Foreign Language Publishing House paperback, but it’s shortly after Cosmonaut-hero Garagin’s flight in 1961. Co-author G. Zhdanov is no immediate relation the Andrei Zhdanov, the Administrator-hero of Leningrad and Stalin crony. Inside are some very nice technical drawings of Sputnik and other Soviet […]Read more "Space Laboratories"
Cosmonaut-hero A. Leonov – I Walk in Space A children’s book illustrated by the man who made the first space walk, Leonov’s paintings aren’t masterpieces, but nonetheless make a wonderful book. From 1980, Malysh Publishers, a Soviet children’s imprint. And here is the what has to be the best marginalia I’ve found in any of […]Read more "I Walk in Space"
Road to the “Red Planet” A large format pamphlet about the 1988 Phobos mission to Mars. Filled with awesome and trippy watercolours. I just got this from Bolerium Books in San Francisco. Very nice guys.Read more "Road to the “Red Planet”"
Soviet Space Research A beautiful pamphlet from 1975. Great illustrations, very typical of 1970s Soviet graphic futurism.Read more "Soviet Space Research"
Road to the Stars – Yuri Gagarain Autobiography of the first man in space. Nice enough cover, typical of the Foreign Language Publishing House. Heroic story, naturally. This book was a gift from my sister. … and the cloth cover:Read more "Road to the Stars"