First Edition of Murmurs of Earth; Inscribed by Carl Sagan and Anne Druyan to their Family

  • Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record.
  • Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record.

Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record.


Item Number: 20028

New York : Random House, 1978.

First edition of this fascinating story which covers the story of the interstellar record. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by both Carl Sagan and Anne Druyan on the half-title page to her family in the year of publication, “Dear Les, Edie, Larry and Erica, With my deep love and wishes of joyful explorations for all of you- And especially to my brother for taking me along on that first flight from home. Annie October 27- 1978.” And inscribed “With every good wish from me too. Carl.” Stamp on the title page, an excellent example in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino. Rare signed, especially with a familial presentation in the year of publication.

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.

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