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Mein Weltbild.
Amsterdam: Querido, 1934 - Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and front board in gilt. Gilt entirely gone from spine, two faint watermarks to front cover, front inner hinge cracked but holding, a few light pencil underlines, otherwise clean and fresh, a good copy. First edition, inscribed by Albert Einstein as "A. Einstein" in 1934, with two verses of his composition, likely to his son-in-law Rudolf Kayser ("Rudi"), with the felicitation "Des lieben Freundin zum Gruss" ("Greetings to my dear friend"). Einstein occasionally inscribed Mein Weltbild in verse; the copy inscribed to his mentor Max Talmey had a shorter though related two-line rhyming inscription. The inscription in this copy is six lines of verse, plus felicitation, beginning: "Was der Fëder that entfahren / That der Rudi aufbewharen / Was mir selber längst entschwunden / Wird de Leser aufgebunden " ("What the pen let slip, Rudi saved ") Mein Weltbid ("My World View") comprises five essays by Einstein on science, religion, politics, and philosophy: "The World As I See It", "Of Politics and Pacifism", "Germany 1933", "Judaism", and "Science". Since his childhood in Prussia Einstein had been opposed to militant nationalism and enforced conformity, even renouncing his German citizenship for that of Switzerland as a teenager. As he grew in stature as a physicist he began using his celebrity to promote his philosophical ideals – internationalism, pacifism, and Zionism – earning him much vitriol from the far-right but endearing him to millions of others around the world. This edition is entirely in German; the first English language edition was published in the US in 1949. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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