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Sagan | Carl [Cornell - Frank H.T. Rhodes]

The Cosmic Connection

First Edition | Third Printing



First edition of The Cosmic Connection by astronomer Carl Sagan, inscribed to Cornell President Frank H.T. Rhodes.

Octavo, xiii, 274pp. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine, illustration in gilt on cover. First edition, third printing, with number line on copyright page. Clean text, lightly read. In publisher’s dust jacket, $7.95 on front flap, some toning to spine, wear along top edge, bright illustrations, an attractive jacket. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For President Rhodes, With every good wish. Carl Sagan.” An exceptional association copy.

At the memorial service for Carl Sagan in 1996, Cornell President Frank Rhodes noted in his eulogy that “Sagan asked the big questions that others had given up. Not for him was the pursuit of science an activity of a closed and inward looking guild: for him, science was a means of public understanding and enlightenment.” Rhodes would also note that while Sagan had no “earthshaking discovery at Cornell,” he would be remembered more than most of the Nobel Laureates on campus because of his ability to communicate.

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Location Published

New York


Anchor Press / Doubleday


First Edition, Third Printing

Date Published







Near Fine

Jacket Condition

Near Fine


Sagan | Carl [Cornell – Frank H.T. Rhodes]