First Edition of Murmurs of Earth; Signed by Carl Sagan
Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record.
Sagan, Carl; F.D. Drake; Anne Druyan; Timothy Ferris; Jon Lomberg; Linda Salzman Sagan.$1,800.00
Item Number: 74002
New York : Random House, 1978.
First edition of this fascinating story which covers the story of the interstellar record. Quarto, original cloth. Boldly signed by Carl Sagan on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino.
In 1977, two extraodinary spacecraft called Voyager were launched to the stars. Affixed to each Voyager craft was a gold-coated copper phonograph record as a message to possible extra-terrestrial civilizations that might encounter the spacecraft in some distant space and time. Each record contained 118 photographs of our planet; almost 90 minutes of the world's greatest music; an evolutionary audio essay on "The Sounds of Earth"; and greetings in almost sixty human languages (and one whale language). This book is an account, written by those chiefly responsible for the contents of the Voyager Record, of why they did it, how they selected the repertoire, and precisely what the record contains.