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The Theory of Relativity.
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd,, 1920. The Special & the General Theory, a Popular Exposition. Authorised Translation by Robert W. Lawson, with Five Diagrams and a Portrait of the Author. Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in black, front cover lettered in blind. 8 pages of inserted advertisements. Portrait frontispiece of author by Hermann Struck, diagrams, figures and equations in text. Ink ownership inscription to pastedown. Spine slightly faded, small mark to rear cover, a few gatherings standing proud of the text block, endpapers browned. A very good copy. First edition in English, first impression, translated from the third German edition (1918) by Robert W. Lawson. This is the first appearance of any of Einstein's works in English. The additional chapter (Appendix III) written by Einstein for this edition was added at Lawson's urging, who thought the book would be more accessible if its author could provide a proof of the general theory. Einstein intended the book to be intelligible to the general public, which he tested by reading drafts to his step-daughter Margot, "pausing frequently to ask whether she indeed got it" (Isaacson, p. 232).
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