5 April 2016
EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1916.
8° (243 x 162 mm). (A few colored pencil notations on title.) Original tan printed wrappers, uncut and partially unopened (front joint partly split, spine darkened and chipped at bottom); cloth folding case. Provenance: Flas Kaimper (signature on title).
FIRST EDITION, monograph issue. Though presented as a separate publication, this is a commercially published offprint from Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, Band 49, 1916, and it is so identified on the verso of the title-page. The text, though reimposed with different page breaks and pagination, appears to be in the same setting as the journal article. A title-page, table of contents, and introduction have been added, as well as a wrapper that makes no reference to the journal, and the note giving the date when the article was submitted to the journal has been deleted from the end. According to Weil, this paper was the subject of several reprintings or facsimiles. The first printing, of which this is an example, may be recognized by the presence of the printer's imprint "Druck von Metzger & Wittig in Leipzig" on the verso of the title and by the shorter imprint "Metzger & Wittig, Leipzig" on the back wrapper. BRL 78.1; Norman 696; Weil 80a.
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