Octavo, 120pp. Black hardcover, black cloth spine, gilt title over cloth, gilt title on cover. Stated ‘second printing’ on copyright page. Publishers dust jacket, near fine, light foxing to cover, price of $2.75 on front flap, light wear to top edge of spine. Signed on front endpaper by the author with the following inscription: “Robert Oppenheimer / Philadelphia / October 1954.” Previous owners signature in pencil on front endpaper.
Comments: J. Robert Oppenheimer is commonly known as “The Father of the Atomic Bomb.” He was the head of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the Manhattan Project, which was tasked with developing the first atomic bomb during World War II. After its successful deployment, he became the first head of the Atomic Energy Commission. In later life, he was an outspoken advocate for international nuclear controls, which was an unpopular political position during the 1950s.