Monday, December 2, 2013

Premiere Crosisiere Sur La Lune (1953)

A French re-printing of "By Spaceship to the Moon (1952)".  I had blogged about this book way back when I was starting out in 2009:

So the arrival in my collection of the French reprint gives me a chance to share many more incredible illustrations from this book.

Coggins, Jack and Pratt, Fletcher. Illustrated by Coggins, Jack. By Spaceship to the Moon. New York: Random House. (56 p.) 29 cm. 1952
Coggins, Jack and Pratt, Fletcher. Translated into French by Francois Musard. Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Premiere Croisiere Sur La Lune. Paris: Agence Francaise De Presse. 1953.

I find the paintings in this version were reproduced better than other copies so you can appreciate Jack Coggins beautiful artwork.

I personally consider this one of the greatest space art books available and since it was very popular copies only run $20-30. I recommend you find a copy for yourself if you love this early style of space ships.

The style of hardware in this book hearkens back to a boilerplate construction and this "moon buggy" is unique.

It is very much like "Conquest of Space" in illustrating the classic space progression and how people would land on, explore, and use the Moon.



I am also very fond of the exploration of the moon paintings:


  1. You have done a fantastic job John in reviewing all these magazines and books. You have also given me the opportunity to purchase some vintage books to complete my library. Two good reasons to list your blog on my website.

  2. A wonderful book. This should be avaiable today as a reprint.
    Great Moon Exploration by Fletcher Pratt and Jack Coggins
    Thank You Very Much. Vince