VOSTOK 1 FIRST COSMONAUT GAGARIN AUTOGRAPH SIGNED LITERATURE ALMANAC "ZVEZDOGRAD"

Literature almanac of the house of officers " Zvezdograd" No. 1 edited by cosmonauts Komarov, Feoktistov and Egorov, 1964, signed by Yuri Gagarin. Zvezdograd ( city on Baikanour) Almanac is the first addition of this almanac, where three cosmonauts collect short stories, poems and song by young authors about space exploration and black and white illustrations. Soft cover, size 7.1/4" x 5.1/4", 80 pages.

The almanac begins with the follow text" " People all over again got into the Universe the poetic sight. Without poetic tracks there are no roads in unknown."

"Zvezdopad is the city, which was born by invincible aspiration of the Mankind to freedom, to light. Zvezdograd's mother is dream, and the father is work... In a cradle covered by a veil from a canvas tent, it impudently stretched hands to the stars. And as soon as it has got stronger, it has dressed in powerful armours from concrete and steel, it has begun storm of the sky. Zvezdograd is the city of zvezdograders . They created this city, gave it a magical power; these people are lighting the stars and bringing the particles of Earth's warmth and light to the cold silence of space. These people bring live to giant metallic constructions and give them the human power, they turn them in good trained Fire birds. Conquer the space, zvezdograders believe in knowledge, in human brain ability and hard work. They have memorable date 12: April 12, August 12, October 12. These numbers bring joy. They have sad dates as well, they are in the heart of each zvezdograder. It is a beautiful city. The secret of its beauty is children. Many of them carried names of Yuri, Gherman, Andrian, Pavel, Valery, Valentina, Vladimir, Konstantin, Boris. Zvezdograd measuring with these names its way to Immortality. They just started, but people talk about it, write about it and sing about it.

Some information:

January, 1958 the Decree of Presidium of the Supreme body of the Kazakh USSR to settlement on a platform No. 10, not had the name, and informally referred to "Dawn", appropriates the name Leninsky ( after Lenin). Official renaming of settlement Leninsky in the city of Zvezdograd never was. This name carried literary - the art almanacs prepared at the cosmodrome. Several tens kilometers from a starting complex the modern city, named by its inhabitants Zvezdograd has grown. It began with the first peg, from the first dugout, from the first tent, from the first stone house. For a few years the young city became a green oasis in the Kazakhstan steppe. By the end of 1956 in it it has been planted 17 thousand trees and 900 bushes, there was the first asphalted street, the first highway of a water pipe. In April 1957 on range there has arrived the technical head of tests, main designer S.P.Korolev. On May, 15th the first start of a rocket is carried out. The first Sputnik, the first human in space started from here.