Berlin: Julius Springer, 1921. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of a short letter Einstein wrote to the editors of Die Naturwissenschaften. In it, he stated that he did not author the preface of a book recently published by Lucien Fabre entitled Einstein’s Theories: A New Face in the World. Einstein wrote that he “protests the use of [his] name” and that he is writing both in protest and with the hope that his abnegation will become public. Einstein also complained to Fabre’s editor, “resulting in the preface of the book being withdrawn for the second edition (1922), and replaced with a derogatory comment directed at Einstein” (Wikipedia).
Faber’s book was a ‘popular science’ work on Einstein’s theories. The forward Faber credits Einstein with was lifted from the text of a letter from Einstein to Maurice Solovine, a letter Fabre later purchased. After the incident and in a letter to Einstein, Solovine refers to Faber as “Dasterdly” (Collected Papers, Vol. 12, 81). Item #1420
CONDITION & DETAILS: Berlin: Julius Springer. Original wraps, April 1921, complete issue. 4to. (10.5 x 7.5 inches; 262 x 187mm). 3 plates and in-text illustrations. Clean inside and out but there is a missing area in the lower right corner of the front wrap (see photo).