Evanston, Illinois: The Library of Living Philosophers, Inc., 1949. First edition. Limited to 760 numbered copies, signed by Einstein ("Albert Einstein. 49"). This being copy 279. Octavo (9 5/16 x 6 3/8 inches; 238 x 163 mm). xvi, 781, [3, blank] pp. Frontispiece portrait, one double-sided plate, text diagrams. The Library of Living Philosophers Volume VII. Publisher's beveled brown cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt on spine. Gilt facsimile signature of Einstein on front cover. Top edge gilt, others uncut. With original defective glassine laid in. A fine copy. Housed in original cardboard slipcase, with almost invisible repair along top edge. Everything housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell.
An excellent study of Einstein's life and scientific and philosophical thought. Contains the first appearance of Einstein's autobiographical notes, published in English and German on opposing pages. With papers on Einstein by many prominent physicists and mathematicians, including Neils Bohr, Kurt Godel and Max Born. With a bibliography of Einstein by Margaret C. Shields. Fine (Item #2591)