Thursday, August 18, 2011
Hollinson, Harry. Illustrated by Butler, Leslie and Bayly, Cecil. Rockets and Space Ships. London : Perry Colour Books Ltd. (44 p.) 19 cm. "Do You Know" series. 1953
In my continued collecting I found it seems to be one of the earliest British children's books solely on spaceflight. The text focuses on the history of spaceflight, rocket theory, and first steps to the Moon.
The book was reprinted so here is the original and the more generic looking reprint side by side:
It has 20 color paintings of rockets, space stations, space suits and man landing on the Moon. Images of rockets are "non-Bonestellian" and almost romantic in style.
I really like the illustrations in this book, especially this one:
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Eagle was one of the big publishers of non-fiction for children in England because of their weekly magazine. They repurposed contents of the magazine into a number of books. This one is an anthology of articles collected for young people.
Eagle book of how it works. London, Longacre Press, 192 p. illus., 27 cm. 1962
I do like the idea of using my "jet pack" to leap over such a small car. Sort of like having "rocket boots."
Delta wings rule!
I also enjoy the British slant on spaceflight with this illustration of the Ariel satellite, "designed by in Britain and launched by the Americans."
Solar sails are cool too!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Taylor, John W.R. Rockets and Missiles. Feltham, England : Odhams. (127 p.) 10 x 13 cm.
"Hippo Books" series (#8). Also 1968, 1971 editions.
It has a relatively simple format with photographs of each type of rocket or missile alternating with descriptions. It was a "train-spotting" sort of book (if I am using the term correctly), that allowed the child to see all the varieties of vehicles that were out there. This was a common format for getting a space book published. They would use aerospace press release photographs and text and show what was current. Like the airplane books of earlier years there was little discussion of the vehicles beyond dimensions and performance characteristics.
As I said I have a number of these types of books but without much "space art" I am just getting around to scanning them now.
Monday, August 8, 2011
These were fun because of how they reused both "factual" illustrations as well as some of the more imaginative ones that were in circulation.
I hope my blogging is back on line now. My brother George has been undergoing a bone marrow transplant and I had other things than space on my mind, but he seems to be doing well.