Willy Ley "Another Look At Atlantis" 1959 Book Signed Autograph Illustrated
Willy Ley-"Another Look At Atlantis-And Fifteen Other Essays"-1959-Bell Publishing-5" X 8"-229 pages-hardcover book-with jacket-with illustrations-Signed By Author.Willy Ley was a German-American science writer and space advocate who helped popularize rocketry and spaceflight in Germany and the United States. Ley crater on the far side of the Moon has been named in his honor.Ley studied to become a paleontologist but became interested in spaceflight after reading Hermann Oberth's book Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen ("By Rocket into Interplanetary Space"). After publishing Die Fahrt in den Weltraum ("Travel in Outer Space") in 1926, Ley became one of the first members of Germany's amateur rocket group, the Verein für Raumschiffahrt (VfR - "Spaceflight Society") in 1927 and wrote extensively for its journal, Die Rakete ("The Rocket"). With Oberth, he also acted as a consultant on Fritz Lang's film Frau im Mond ("Woman in the Moon").
In 1935, Ley fled Nazi Germany for Great Britain and then the United States. In the United States in 1936, Willy Ley supervised operations of two rocket planes carrying mail at Greenwood Lake, NY. He also began publishing scientific articles in American science fiction magazines, beginning with "The Dawn of the Conquest of Space" in the March 1937 issue of Astounding Stories. Ley had a regular science column called "For Your Information" in Galaxy Magazine from 1952 to 1969.His book "Rockets - the Future of Travel Beyond the Stratosphere" (1944) describes the early rockets at VfR and more futuristic projects to reach the moon using a 3-stage rocket "as high as 1/3 of the Empire State Building" - a very good estimate of the height of the Saturn V rocket designed 20 years after. His works from the 1950s and 60s are regarded as classics of popular science and include The Conquest of Space (1949), The Conquest of the Moon (with Wernher von Braun and Fred Whipple, 1953), and Beyond the Solar System (1964). His book, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, (1957) was cited in the Space Handbook: Astronautics and its Applications, a staff report of the Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration of the U.S. House of Representatives, which provided non-technical information about spaceflight to U.S. policy makers. He also acted as science consultant for the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet series of children's science fiction books and TV series, as well as the 1959 feature film entitled "The Space Explorers."
Ley was best known for his books on rocketry and related topics, but he also wrote a number of books about animals. One notable book was Exotic Zoology (1959), which combined some of his older writings with new ones. This is of some interest to cryptozoology, as Ley discusses the Yeti and sea serpents, as well as reports of relict dinosaurs. The book's first section (Myth?) entertains the possibility that some legendary creatures (like the sirrush, the unicorn or the cyclops) might be based on actual animals (or misinterpretation of animals and/or their remains).The book has been autographed on the title page by Willy Ley with a fountain pen in blue...............BOTH BOOK AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION..............