FIRST EDITION OF WE SEVEN, SIGNED BY EACH OF THE MERCURY SEVEN
We Seven. By the Astronauts Themselves.
Carpenter, M. Scott; Cooper, L. Gordon, Jr., Glenn, John H., Jr., Grissom, Virgil I., Schirra, Walter M., Jr., Shepard, Alan B., Jr., Slayton, Donald K. .$12,000.00
Item Number: 22045
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962.
First edition of this first-hand account of the genesis of America’s manned space program. Octavo,original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by each of the Mercury Seven on the front free endpaper, which include Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear to the front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“The first seven American astronauts were an admirable group of individuals chosen to sit at the apex of a pyramid of human effort… In volunteering to entrust their lives to Mercury’s spirit and Atlas’ strength to blaze a trail for man into the empyrean, they chose to lead by following the opportunity that chance, circumstance, technology and history had prepared for them” (Swenson, Grimwood & Alexander, 164-65). We Seven chronicles the beginnings of American manned space exploration from the perspectives of those who pioneered it, with each member of Project Mercury contributing at least three essay-length sections.