Friday, April 24, 2009

Moon Base (1959)

Nephew and Chester wrote a quartet of space books for kinds in the late 1950s and early 1970s. I will highlight the others in later posts. Today it is MOON BASE #2 out of the 4 books.

Nephew, William and Chester, Michael. Illustrated by Buehr, Walter. Moon Base. New York : GP Putnam's Sons. (72 p.) 23 cm.

Building on the 1st book (Moon Trip -1958) this one discusses a permanent settlement on the Moon. It has many full page and double-page illustrations of rockets, Moon vehicles, and a Moon base.

It is fun to see a very different style of illustration. Chester and Nephew came out of the aerospace industry so their approach to the subject is much more engineering based. They have a concept and specifications they wanted to share and they use a lightly wrapped story to convey it.


  1. This was probably the first book on space I received as a child and started a fasination with the moon and space travel that continues to this day. 50 years later I could not remember the name or author of the scholastic book I received in 1st grade and was over joyed to finally identify the book and within minutes order an original copy.

  2. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.