Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1916. First Edition. The first separate printing of Einstein's influential work on relativity. Octavo, 64pp. Original tan wrappers with printer's imprint "Druck von Metzger & Wittig in Leipzig" pn the verso of the title and the shorter imprint "Metzger & Wittig, Leipzig" on the rear wrapper. Near Fine with light soiling but overall a pleasing copy. Contemporary bookplate and signature of German physics professor Dr. Paul Thalmann. Housed in a custom leather clamshell case.
Einstein's Theory of Relativity would change the world at its release, and it has solidified his position as one of the most influential and recognizable names in the scientific world. What he ultimately posited in this piece were that "the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and he showed that the speed of light within a vacuum is the same no matter the speed at which an observer travels" (Redd). The results have been lasting and meaningful. "That theory was in fact principally directed toward resolving inconsistencies arisitng from the Newtonian system...'The General Theory of Relativity' is Einstein's bold attempt to escape from...a God's eye view of the world" (Printing and the Mind of Man).
PMM 408. Near Fine (Item #2406)