"Imagination is more important than knowledge": First edition of Out of My Later Years; Signed and Dated by Albert Einstein

  • Out of My Later Years.
  • Out of My Later Years.
  • Out of My Later Years.

Out of My Later Years.


Item Number: 55054

New York: Philosophical Library, 1950.

First edition of Einstein’s collection of social science-related articles, addresses and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. Einstein 52.” With the ownership signature of Dr. Milnor Alexander, Los Angeles, California, 1952 on front pastedown. Alexander taught political science at Penn State University and was active in the women’s movement and supporter of many societies promoting social welfare, the environment and the Labor movement. She has also inscribed below, “Autographed by Einstein for our fund-raiser for the Federation for Repeal of the Levering Act.” The inscription on the pastedown is significant. Einstein is known to have endorsed the [successful] fight against having every California citizen/employee of the government pledge complete loyalty to the government no matter one’s political affiliations. This was called the Levering Act. These strictures to be imposed on California government employees took place during the McCarthy era of seeking out Communist sympathizers, including the banning of alleged Communist-leaning Hollywood actors and directors. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.

Out of My Later Years is Einstein’s collection of essays considering everything that interests him as a scientist, philosopher and humanitarian. Einstein’s essays share how one of the greatest minds of all time interprets the changing world of his time.

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