No. 1,962

"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.

Unnamed*
Type: Anorthositic Impact-Melt Breccia with possible large Olivine Gabbro clasts
Discovery site: North West Africa
Size: 25 x 21 x 11 mm
Weight: 8.9 grams
75,000 Euro

This specimen represents the main mass of very unusual find of a Lunar Meteorite. Most of the Lunar meteorites which have been discovered can be attributed to a single Meteorite/Lunar surface collision which occurred tens of thousands of years ago. This particular Lunar Meteorite has a slightly different composition and is believed to be from the Dark Side of the Lunar surface. Preliminary analysis indicates that this is an Anorthositic Impact-Melt Breccia with possible large Olivine-Gabbro clasts. A small circular stone with a slightly convex ablated side and an irregular back side with melt-pitting (regmaglypts) showing excellent fusion crust over most of its surface.

* This specimen is a new and unique lunar meteorite, meaning that none of the other lunar specimens known are from the same parent meteoroid. New and unique means that the new owner can send a small piece of this specimen into one of many accredited meteoritical analysis laboratories and receive a unique name for this meteorite and have his own name recorded permanently for posterity in the annals of Meteoritical Society as the owner/discoverer.


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. 1,962 (Collector's Edition)
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  • Reviews
"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, United States
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