First English edition of Albert Einstein’s Special & General Theory of Relativity, in publisher’s scarce dust jacket.
Octavo, xiii, , 138pp., [8pp ads]. Red cloth, title in gilt on spine, stamped on cover. “First Published in 1920” statement on copyright page. A few leaves are unopened along the top edge. Light even toning throughout. Front hinge starting to separate, but text block stable. Previous ownership inscription on front endpaper. Housed in custom brown leather clamshell, lined in tan cloth, title in gilt on spine. In publisher’s original dust jacket, expert restoration to spine and hinges, remnants of tape repair to spine, exceptionally scarce.
First published in German in 1916, this copy is the first English translation of Relativity, with the aim of giving “an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.” – Albert Einstein. The first American edition was published later the same year.