Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in Original Wrappers
EINSTEIN, Albert. Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie. Leipzig: Verlag von Johann Ambrosius Barth , 1916.
First separate printing, with significant additions and revisions to the edition printed in the Annalen der Physik. With printer’s imprint “Druck von Metzger & Witting in Leipzig” on the verso of the title, and the shorter imprint “Metzger & Witting, Leipzig” on the back wrapper. Octavo (9 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches; 240 x 160 mm). 64 pp.

Original tan printed wrappers. Some light browning around the edges of the wrappers. Overall, an excellent copy with none of the spine erosion or soiling usually found with this fragile item.

“The authorized version of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The theory’s impact upon twentieth-century science and thought can hardly be overstated” (Norman Library 695, describing the first printing).

“This separate edition is printed on good, strong paper, the wrappers are of strong material too...and it is described now as ‘the original edition’ of this classic paper” (Weil).

Grolier/Horblit 26c (describing the first printing). Norman Library 696. Printing and the Mind of Man 408. Weil 80a.

HBS # 67998 $7,750