Particularly rare, early reprint of the first separate edition, 1919
Albert EINSTEIN: DIE GRUNDLAGE DER ALLGEMEINEN RELATIVITÄTSTHEORIE. [Foundations of the General Theory of Relativity.] Leipzig: 1916 [but c. 1919].
Albert EINSTEIN: DIE GRUNDLAGE DER ALLGEMEINEN RELATIVITÄTSTHEORIE. [Foundations of the General Theory of Relativity.] Sonderdruck aus den „Annalen der Physik, Band 49, 1916. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth (Omnitypie-Ges., Nachfl. L. Zechnall, Stuttgart; Metzger & Wittig, Leipzig [Wrappers]) 1916 [but c. 1919].
8vo. (16:24,3 cm). 64 pages. Letterpress on machine paper, in original publisher’s wrappers on cream stock with black title printing on covers and spine, incorporating publisher's emblem and ornamental framing on front cover, as well as publisher's advertisements on rear cover.
Particularly rare, early anastatic reprint from the original separate edition of Einstein's »General Theory of Relativity«, using the original cover.
Edition: The „original edition“ (Weil) of this classic paper was published in 1916 as vol. 49 from »Annalen der Physik«. According to Weil present reprint, which uses the original cover, is of better printing quality than others.
Condition: Cover loose at front hinge, margins with some small faults, front cover with shelf wear, paper heavily time-stained, otherwise clean copy.
Rarity: ABPC (1973ff.) and /APO (1988ff.) record 4 copies of this edition at auction (2015, 2014, 2013, 2006).
Reference: BRL 78; Carter-Muir 408; Norman 696; Schilpp-Shields 86; Weil 80a.