Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    William Shatner Handwritten Signed Recollection of the Very First Star Trek Episode. A handwritten recollection from the actor who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series. He muses about the fast pace, tight clothes and, above all, figuring out everyone's place in the action. Throughout the three year series, Shatner was known to appropriate the best lines, which he also alludes to here:

    "The first episode of Star Trek was very important, it set the tone of work from there on - Where did we sit? - Who got up? - Who meandered around the set of the bridge - How does the bridge work? - Who comes over to the command chair and why? Working with the actors, the director has to make decisions very quickly - presumably in the director's preparation he has, in his mind's eye, imagined all this before and has a distinct idea of who goes where and what does what - of course, not all directors work that hard - some come to the set and photograph what the actors spontaneously do. That can be exciting, it can also be chaotic. - In the hurly-burly world of episodic T.V. organization is the key. In our case we had six days to film each episode. Six days! As we became accustomed to the sets and the props and the tight uniforms, it became easier - but that 1st episode was a shakedown cruise. We slowly eased into our characters - the writers and the producers had to learn as well - how did the individual actor fit what was written for him - how was the set working - what kind of lights would look good - these were the questions - the answers came slowly. / William Shatner"

    Single page on Shatner's personal stationery measures 7.25" x 10.25". In Near Mint condition. Also with an LOA by William Shatner. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    1st-2nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 522

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on May 1, 2021 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 November 7 Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature Auction.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This is the most impressive book I have ever seen!
    Daniel R.,
    Rockville, MD
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search