Carrying the Fire, signed by Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins.
Octavo, xvii, , 478pp, . Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. Stated “third printing” on copyright page. Solid text block, points of rubbing to lower edge of cloth, a near fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $10.00 on front flap, short closed tear to lower edge of front panel, light shelf wear, a very good example with bright illustrations. Signed on the front free endpaper: “For Louis _ , with all good wishes, Michael Collins. May 1975.”
Michael Collins (1930-2021) served as the command module pilot during the Apollo 11 mission. He served alongside Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin but remained in orbit around the moon as the others explored the surface. He retired from NASA in 1970. He is one of 24 people who have flown to the moon. In retirement, he became the Director of the National Air and Space Museum. He died at age 90 in 2021.