No. 1,968

"MoonFire is the greatest book I have ever seen. The photography is unparalleled, it is more than just a book, it is an experience." —David Schonauer, American Photo, New York

Limited to just 12 copies, numbered 1958–1969, the Lunar Rock Edition of Norman Mailer’s MoonFire is designed by Marc Newson. His concept was inspired by the Apollo 11 LEM (Lunar Excursion Module). Each book is contained in a case made from a single piece of aluminum—its surface an actual 3-D topography of the Moon—and comes with a unique piece of lunar rock.

Meteorites from the Moon are exceptionally rare. There are fewer than 70 lunar meteorites known with a total combined weight of approximately 55 kilograms, making them millions of times rarer than gem grade diamonds. However, most lunar meteorites reside in museum collections and research institutions, leaving only 15 kilograms or so available to individual collectors worldwide. Since acquiring an Apollo moon rock is virtually impossible, the only realistic way to own a piece of the moon is by acquiring a lunar meteorite.

NWA 4936
Type: Lunar Feldspathic Breccia
Discovery site: Siskou, Morocco
Size: 69 x 42 x 17 mm
Weight: 91.26 grams
270,000 Euro

For the sophisticated collector, the lunar meteorite offered here possesses an especially unusual pedigree: NWA 4936’s uncommonly heavy density is due to an unusually high iron content and it is the first lunar meteorite whose constituents match the regolith (soil sample) returned to Earth by the Apollo 16 mission. NWA 4936 contains a large amount of free iron—so much so, that it is ferromagnetic, an extremely rare attribute of lunar specimens. Every bit of surface area of this lunar specimen—apart from the cut surface—is covered with fusion crust characterized by a natural desert varnish (a natural sheen which results from having been blasted by the wind and sand for many hundreds of years). This specimen is from the Macovich Collection of Meteorites—one of the most acclaimed private meteorite collections in the world. The Smithsonian, The Academy of Sciences in Moscow, The Natural History Museum (London), the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris) and the American Museum of Natural History (New York) all have specimens with a Macovich provenance.


Order information:
To order one of the remaining copies, please contact Catherine Gunczi at our headquarters (+49-221-20 18 01 57 or m.fanger(at)taschen.com) or, for USA and Canada, Amy Quinn at our Los Angeles office (+1-323-463-4441 or a.quinn(at)taschen.com) to let us know your first and second choice. We’ll try to accommodate your wishes as best we can.

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Norman Mailer, MoonFire, Lunar Rock Edition, designed by Marc Newson. Read about it here!

Norman Mailer, MoonFire, the book. Read about it here!
Norman Mailer. MoonFire. Lunar Rock Edition No. 1,968 (Collector's Edition)

Norman Mailer. MoonFire. Lunar Rock Edition No. 1,968


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  • Rezensionen
"This is no ordinary coffee-table book. It's one of a new breed of luxury, extremely limited-edition titles in which publishers present pieces of cultural history (sometimes literally, as in the case of the moon rocks), with eye-popping illustrations and new or specially commissioned editorial material. These books marry the obsessions of popular culture with breathtaking photography to create bound works of lasting artistic value."
— RobbReportCollection.com, USA
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Marc Newson. Works, Art Edition (Collector's Edition)
Marc Newson. Works, Art Edition
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$ 6,000
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe (Collector's Edition)
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe
Hardcover in einer Schlagkassette, 14.4 x 17.3 in., 278 Seiten
$ 1,000