First edition, first printing of The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe.
Octavo, , 436pp. Gray cloth, title stamped in blue on spine, signature stamped in silver on front board. Stated “first printing, 1979” on copyright page. Solid text block, light dust along top, a touch of wear to the spine, vibrant blue endpapers, a near fine example. In publisher’s dust jacket, $12.95 retail price on front flap, shelf wear, wear to tips of spine, full portrait of author on back panel, a very good example.
In The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe describes the skills necessary for astronauts to participate in space exploration. He researched and interviewed multiple sources to write this piece, focusing on postwar work on rockets and the astronauts chosen for the inaugural Project Mercury at NASA. The piece was adapted for a movie in 1983, starring actors Sam Shepard, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn and Dennis Quaid, and won four Academy Awards. The Right Stuff is still relevant today through an original television series on Disney+.