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President Donald J Trump and First Lady Melania Trump presenting gift to His Holiness, Pope Francis (May, 2017)


The Artists of Book Arts Limited have a legacy of creating more than 1000 Book Arts individual White House Heads of State gifts, as bespoke extraordinary masterpieces presented to Kings, Queens, Popes, and other Presidents, on behalf of the American People.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama presenting gift to His Holiness, Pope Francis (March, 2014).


Book Arts is the culmination of  the collective efforts of gifted American and Florentine bookbinders, conservators, book artists, letterpress printers and leather craftsmen. Inspired by the classic Florentine atelier and a 100 year old legacy, Book Arts coalesces a life-time of experience to make available timeless products,
and uncompromising services employing the arts of fine binding.

President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush presenting gift to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (November, 2003).

The Book As Art

“Prose, editorial, design, photography, graphics, typography, art binding and material selections are each diverse vignettes artfully fused, to compose a significant and enduring opera. 

This opera offers a nexus: not only an exploration of one of the richest repositories of the most rarefied experiences, that of an astronaut in flight, but further, creates and evocative work of art infused with passion to endure and be appreciated for hundreds of years, … as collectible art itself.” 

— Stephen Vanilio


When I was five years old I read my first book … and it was about Apollo. I can still remember the cardboard book. It was a simple “reader,” with one line per page, and amazing images of astronauts riding rockets to the moon! I was captivated. That simple book began a lifetime of learning and adventure. Growing up in Maryland, my bedroom walls were covered with photos of airplanes and rockets and galaxies, which inspired a career that began as a fighter pilot, then test pilot, and then ended up with me spending seven months in space, eventually as commander of the International Space Station.

One Book Inspired a life long career in space exploration


Moonshot Book Arts LLC is a bespoke book arts publishing company created by Astronaut Col. Terry Virts to commemorate and honor space exploration history. 


Colonel Terry Virts (ret.) is a U.S. Air Force test / fighter pilot and NASA veteran of two spaceflights – a two-week mission onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2010 and a 200-day flight to the Space Station in 2014-2015.

His seven months in space included piloting the Space Shuttle, commanding the International Space Station, three spacewalks, and performing scientific experiments, all while working closely with multiple international partners. Virts flew with and led Russian Space Agency cosmonauts during some of the most tense relations with Russia since the Cold War.

An in-demand speaker at events across the globe, Virts’ topics include stewarding our environment, better understanding life on earth through the lens of global wealth, risk and crisis management, the importance of innovation in design, strategy and vision, and intercultural leadership.

Col. Terry Virts
Founder of Moonshot Book Arts LLC
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