First Hebrew edition of the Theory of Relativity

Einstein, Albert. 'Al torat ha-yahasiyut ha-peratit veha-kelalit. Hartsa'ah popularit [On the theory of special and general relativity. A popular lecture].

Tel Aviv, The Dvir Company Ltd., 1928.

8vo (147 x 218 mm). 102, (4) pp. With portrait frontispiece after an etching by Hermann Struck. Contemporary wrappers.


Rare first edition of Einstein's theories of relativity in Hebrew. The translation was done by Jacob Greenberg from the 10th edition (Braunschweig: Vieweg, 1920) of Einstein's own popular account of his theories, "Über die spezielle und die allgemeine Relativitätstheorie (Gemeinverständlich)". It includes an original preface by Einstein himself: "The appearance of my book in the language of our fathers fills me with special joy. It is a sign of the transformation which has taken place in our language so that its use is no longer restricted to expressing the affairs of our people to our people, but that it is now able to embrace everything that interests human beings. It constitutes an important factor in our striving towards cultural independence".

A single copy sold at auction.


Binding stained, chipped and frayed. Internally largely clean with light staining to edges and some browning near the ends. Sewing loosened.


Schilpp 215. Weil 90h. OCLC 19137114.

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