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SMYTH, HENRY DEWOLF . [SMYTH, H.D.]
A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes under the auspices of the United States Government 1940 - 1945 [The Smyth Report]
Washington, D.C.: Adjutant General's Office, 1945. First edition. original wrappers. RARE LITHOPRINT ISSUE - THE FIRST OBTAINABLE PRINTING - OF THE FIRST ACCOUNT OF THE MANHATTAN PROJECT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ATOMIC BOMB. ONE OF SMYTH'S OWN COPIES, SIGNED BY HIM ON THE TITLE PAGE. PMM 422e. Released to the public on 12 August 1945, just six days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the "Smyth Report" (as it came to be known) contained a full account of the development work carried out between 1940 and 1945 by the Manhattan Project that culminated in the production of the first atomic bomb. The first version of the report was a mimeographed copy (identifiable by the word "secret" stamped on every page), hand-delivered by military messenger, which the recipients were required to read immediately and return to the waiting messenger. These mimeographed copies were apparently destroyed for security reasons, as no copies, either whole or in parts, have been recorded in existence except for Smyth's master copy housed at Princeton. 1,000 copies were then lithoprinted from typescript [the offered version] in the facility for reproducing secret documents in the Adjutant General's Office in the Pentagon. Provenance: Smyth was given a small number of copies for his own personal use. In the late 1970s Smyth was cleaning out his office at Princeton and found a few copies of the original lithoprinted version. At the request of Princeton University, he signed the copies and presented them to the university. This is one of those copies. It is complete, and contains three repeated lea … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB [New York, NY, U.S.A.]

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