Sch[li]pp, Paul Arthur (ed.). Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. The Library of Living Philosophers Volume VII. Evanston, Illinois: The Library of Living Philosophers, Inc. 1949. First edition (L-G).
Octavo (9 1/4” x 6 1/4”, 236mm x 159mm). Limitation leaf, i-v vi-xvi, 1 2-781, 3 blanks. With portrait photographic frontispiece and a facsimile illustration of Einstein’s hand-writing.
Bound in brown beveled leatherette. Einstein’s signature gilt to front board. Title, series and publisher gilt to spine. Top edge gilt. Fore and lower edges untrimmed. In publisher’s brown pebbled slip-case.
Near fine. Small (1”) closed diagonal tear to fore-edge of p. 1/2, not affecting text. Scattered pencil under-lining pp. 3-13. Many gatherings unopened from p. 163 to end. The slip-case is worn at the corners, and a small portion of the fore-edge.
Numbered 409 of an edition of 750 printed from type, of a total edition of 760 (ten for presentation), signed by Einstein (“Albert Einstein . 49.”) on the limitation page. This copy with an additional inscription from the editor, Schlipp, on the half-title-page, dated December 1964.
Schlipp (his name, bogglingly, misspelled on the title-page as Schilpp) was the founding editor of the Library of Living Philosophers, a series running from 1939 through the present. In addition to Einstein, the series has published volumes on philosophers such as Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre and Umberto Eco. Its raison d’être was to allow philosophers the chance to address questions or controversies engendered by their work. In those sections where the text is translated, the German faces the English. In addition to Einstein’s autobiographical notes, there are contributions from other physicists and philosophers, i.a., Louis de Broglie, Niels Bohr and Kurt Gödel.
The present copy was given by Schlipp — who served as series editor until 1981 — to Dr. J.B. S., a dentist who, during the Depression, treated patients for what they could afford (much to the chagrin of his wife). It was passed to Dr. S.’s son-in-law, a physicist, and then to his grand-daughters.