Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, Bd. 17. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905." />
10 December 1999
EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1965). "Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Krper". Offprint from Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, Bd. 17. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905.
8o (220 x 115 mm). Tan printed wrappers (spine renewed, wrappers discreetly reinforced with tissue on inside, some unobtrusive mends, extended at the bottom and possibly supplied from a shorter copy); modern cloth box. Provenance: unidentified recipient ("A. Einstein. berreicht vom Verfasser" stamped on front wrapper).
One of the three papers published by Einstein in 1905, "On the electrodynamics of moving bodies" contained his first public statement on the subject of special relativity. In this paper he proposed that all motion is relative to the inertial system in which it is measured, and that matter and energy are equivalent; the proof of both theories came some years later. Ernst Weil, Einstein's bibliographer, commented that "it seems certain that there were few [offprints of Einstein's articles] before 1914. They were given only to the author, and mostly 'berreicht vom Verfasser' (Presented by the Author) is printed on the wrapper." Dibner Heralds of Science 167; Grolier/Horblit 26b; Weil 9.
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