True author’s presentation offprint of Einstein’s obituary for Ernst Mach, 1916
Albert EINSTEIN: ERNST MACH. Sonderabdruck [Offprint] aus der Physikalischen Zeitschrift [17. Jg. 1916]. Leipzig: 1916.
Albert EINSTEIN: ERNST MACH. Sonderabdruck [Offprint] aus der Physikalischen Zeitschrift [17. Jahrgang. 1916. Seite 101–104]. Überreicht vom Verfasser [Presented by the author]. With 1 cliché repro of Mach’s signed photo portrait. Leipzig: Hirzel (August Pries) 1916.
4mo (27,5:19,5). 4 pages. Letterpress on machine paper, in original publisher’s brochure on brown stock with black title printing.
True author’s presentation offprint in the original wrappers, of Einstein’s obituary for Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach.
Edition: Mach is particularly known as influential philosopher of science for his contemporaries. Through his criticism of Newton’s theories of space and time he for instance foreshadowed Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Condition: Corners and margins of wrappers with some very small faults, cover slightly water-stained, paper minimally foxy, otherwise solid copy.
Rarity: Present copy is imprinted „Überreicht vom Verfasser“ (presented by the author) on the upper right corner of the first page, which indicates it’s utmost rarity, as author’s presentation offprints of Einstein papers, from any journal or any period, were printed in a small print run for the use of the author only. ABPC (1973ff.) and APO (1988ff.) show no record at all.
Reference: Collected Papers, vol. 6, 29; Schilpp-Shields 96; Weil 89.