INSCRIBED BY JOHN GLENN
GLENN, John. John Glenn: A Memoir. New York: Bantam, (1999). Octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $600.
First trade edition of the astronaut and senator's "utterly plainspoken yet thrilling autobiography," boldly inscribed by him on the half title, "To B— John Glenn."
In 1962 Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth; thirty-six years later, he returned to space aboard the shuttle to investigate space's effect on the aging process. "Glenn's utterly plainspoken yet thrilling autobiography will put a lump in readers' throats. The astronaut and four-term U.S. senator from Ohio seems to embody the best old-fashioned American values of integrity, personal discipline, love of country, honesty, courage and responsibility… Told without an ounce of pretension, this is a memorable autobiography by a man who embraced public life and held it with a unique blend of Roman virtue and American confidence (Publishers Weekly). With 16 pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations. Co-authored with Nick Taylor. Preceded by a signed limited edition of 3500 copies.
A fine copy.