“Contemplated as one grand whole, astronomy is the most beautiful monument of the human mind; the noblest record of its intelligence": First edition of Comet; Signed by Both Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan
Sagan, Carl and Ann Druyan.
Item Number: 45071
New York: Random House, 1985.
First edition of this work which describes the scientific nature of comets, as well as their varying roles and perceptions throughout history. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by both Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. She has added a lengthy inscription, which reads, “Contemplated as one grand whole, astronomy is the most beautiful monument of the human mind; the noblest of its intelligence”Anne Druyan.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by John Lomberg; design by Robert Aulicino. A unique example.
Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark.