New York: Henry Holt, 1920. First Edition. Cloth. First US edition, first printing, octavo size, 182 pp. Good +. Item #21022503
The name "Albert Einstein" (1879-1955) immediately conjures up in the mind of almost everyone the image a brilliant scientist, whose research and findings are comprehensible to only a few. He would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 (the year after this book was published) and his work led to ideas such as spacetime, length contraction, neutron stars and black holes - along with many other scientific concepts still being explored today.
Einstein published works on "special relativity" as early as 1905, and by 1916, would publish the final form of "general relativity". The two would come together in this work, "Relativity, The Special and General Theory", first published in London by Methuen in 1920, and in the same year, in the US by Henry Holt. In addition to the sections on "The Special Theory of Relativity" and "The General Theory of Relativity" is included a special part, "Considerations on the Universe as a Whole" which, according to the translator's note, was "written specially for this translation" (p. ix).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full navy blue cloth over boards, gilt lettering on the front, blind-debossed ruled borders on the front, frontispiece a half-tone reproduction of an etching of Einstein in 1920 by Hermann Struck (a German-Jewish artist well known for his etchings); octavo size (8 3/8" by 5 5/8"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xiii [blank, xiv] 1-168.
___CONDITION: A bit better than good, the boards mostly clean with a few light specks, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; rubbing with slight fraying of the cloth at the head and tail of the spine, gilt lettering on the spine has rubbed off (leaving debossed lettering), the aforementioned light rubbing to the corners, an old dampstain at the top fore-edge corner from the front free endpaper through p. 2, a few upper corners bent (only the outer quarter-inch) by a prior owner, offsetting from an old clipping on pp. 16 and 17, and uniform light toning throughout.
___CITATIONS: Printing and the Mind of Man no. 408; online American National Biography, and a bit from Wiki.
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