New York [NY]: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. First edition. 8vo. xi, (1, blank), 298, xii, (1) pp. Gilt stamped red cloth. Spine spotted and faded, worn at ends, gilt title faded, shelf wear. A good, clean copy internally. Small bookseller's label on rear pastedown. This copy signed by Nobel Prize winner A[lbert] Einstein on the front endpaper in the year of publication. Additionally inscribed on the front pastedown by J.J. Weigle, Universiti de Geneve, Suisse, Denver-Princeton, June 1947, whose note reads: "my name means so little compared to the one opposite that I will write it here only." A further ownership signature appears above Weigle's. Item #66744
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was born in Germany, but became a Swiss citizen in 1901. In the 1920s and early 1930s, he participated in meetings of a League of Nations Commission of Intellectual Cooperation in Geneva. He was visiting the United States in 1933 when Hitler came to power. Though he initially returned to Europe and England, he chose to emigrate to America becoming a U.S. citizen in 1940, and working at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University until his death.
Jean-Jacques Weigle (1901-1968), about twenty years Einstein's junior, began his career as a physicist at the University of Geneva graduating in 1923. He was head of the University's physics department from 1931-1948. In 1948, he emigrated to the United States, joining the faculty of California Institute of Technology as a molecular biologist.