Leipzig: Verlag von Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1916.
First edition. Original printed wrappers. This it the first separate edition of Einstein's general theory of relativity, distinguished from nearly identical later editions of the same year by the presence of the printer's imprint, "Druck von Metzger and Wittig in Leipzig" on the verso of the title and the shorter imprint ("Metzger and Wittig, Leipzig") on back wrapper, which also lists seven items published by Barth and dated 1909 to 1916, ending with Ziehen's Die Psycholgie (1916). Accompanied by a card signed and dated by Einstein four years after the two atomic bombs were detonated in Japan, and on which is printed in holograph by Albert Einstein the most famous equation in modern science: E=MC2. The impact of this work, of course, can never be overstated, but from a bibliographic standpoint, to embrace it in its original state is of paramount importance. As well, this copy is among the best seen in recent memory, in near fine to fine condition. Housed in a superb three-quarter morocco folding clamshell case which houses the monograph as well as the framed, signed equation. This copy, with the signed equation, sold for $18,000 in the 1980's.
Price: $15,000.00 Item #4311