"The Best Science Book Ever"; First Edition Of The Periodic Table, Signed by Primo Levi
The Periodic Table.
Levi, Primo; Translated by Raymond Rosenthal.$4,500.00
Item Number: 3619
New York: Schocken Books, 1984.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories by Primo Levi. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Primo Levi on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Clarke. Translated by Raymond Rosenthal. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Levi are rare.
The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levis transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew. "I immersed myself in The Periodic Table gladly and gratefully. There is nothing superfluous here, everything this book contains is essential. It is wonderful pure, and beautifully translatedI was deeply impressed" (Saul Bellow). "Brilliant, grave and oddly sunny; certainly a masterpiece" (Los Angeles Times). In 2006, the Royal Institution of Great Britain named it the best science book ever.