Gordon Cooper's personally owned Project Mercury brochure published at the NASA Langley Research Center in April 1959, four pages, 8 x 10.5, vertically signed on the first page to the right of their respective images in blue ballpoint by each member of the Mercury 7 crew: "Malcolm S. Carpenter," "Leroy G. Cooper, Jr.," "John H. Glenn, Jr.," "Virgil I. Grissom," "Walter M. Schirra, Jr.," "Alan B. Shepard, Jr.," and "D. K. Slayton." In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Cooper, in full: "This Project Mercury brochure is from my personal collection. It was signed by all seven of the Mercury astronauts just after its release back in April 1959. All of us owned very few group photos at the time and thought this would be a great memento for us to keep. We only signed about a half dozen of these brochures for each of us. We had not signed a lot of autographs then, so most of us signed in our proper full names." Signatures of all seven Mercury astronauts on a single item remains one of the more elusive prizes for serious space collectors; dated to just four months before the group's official selection, this fully signed vintage brochure is all the more impressive and desirable given its great visual appeal, outstanding condition, and steadfast provenance deriving from the pilot of the Faith 7 spacecraft. From The Bill Lende Collection.
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