Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. SIGNED by the poet on the title page. In the uncommon original printed envelope and housed in a specially made green cloth clamshell box with a gilt-lettered black morocco spine label. Usual offsetting from the tipped-in frontispiece. Fine in a lightly worn envelope and a Fine clamshell box. Item #020337
Archibald MacLeish was not only a well-known poet but also served as Librarian of Congress, appointed by Franklin Roosevelt, a position he used to reorganize and promote the institution. In addition to winning three Pulitzer Prizes, MacLeish was commissioned by the NEW YORK TIMES to write a poem to celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing, which he entitled "Voyage to the Moon" and which appeared on the front page of the 21 July 1969 edition of the paper.