First Edition of Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journey; Inscribed by Astronaut Michael Collins

  • Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journey.

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journey.

Item Number: 408

New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1974.

First edition of this memoir by Collins. Octavo, original cloth. Foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Pamela Friedman Enjoyed working with you at the Air and Space Museum- Michael Collins.” Collins was the director of the National Air and Space Museum. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys was in 1974, and it is an autobiographical account by the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 astronaut. Collins writes his own work and does not hire ghost writers, explaining that "[n]o matter how good the ghost, I am convinced that a book loses realism when an interpreter stands between the storyteller and his audience" (Collins, 2001). Indeed, Collins writing has been called "the best-written book yet by any of the astronauts" by Time magazine.