Book Fairs | April 9, 2013

Largest Known Signed Photo of Einstein at the NYABF

At the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, Boston-based rare book and manuscript dealer Schubertiade Music & Arts, will offer for sale for the first time on the market THE LARGEST KNOWN SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH OF ALBERT EINSTEIN. 

Signed in 1931 and measuring a larger-than-life 16 x 20 inches, this is the largest signed photograph of the theoretical physicist ever to be offered for sale.

In the winter of 1931, Einstein was a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and this was signed during his six-week visit to the school.  He was attracted by the research being done there, particularly at the Mount Wilson observatory - which housed the world's largest telescope at the time and the theoretical processing of its astronomical discoveries.  "The work of your wonderful observatory," Einstein said, had "led to a dynamic concept of the spatial structure of the universe, for which [Richard Chace] Tolman's work has provided an original and exceedingly clear theoretical expression." (Einstein, as quoted in Albrecht Folsing's Albert Einstein: A Biography, p. 638) During his time in Pasadena, Einstein attended various lectures in astronomy and astrophysics and himself delivered a lecture on his Unified Field Theory, which he had been working on since 1915.   He would emigrate permanently to the United States in 1933.  

The historic photograph is among the offerings to be displayed by Schubertiade in their booth (C5) at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair April 11-14, 2013 at the Park Avenue Armory. The NYABF is one of the largest antiquarian book fairs in the world.  

Other historic pieces to be offered at the fair by Schubertiade, include an original painting by Woody Guthrie illustrating his song "So Long, It's Been Good To Know You," a newly discovered manuscript by Johannes Brahms, one of only two known sets of hand-painted original set designs for the premiere of Bizet's "Carmen," and  a photograph inscribed from composer Sergei Rachmaninoff to George Gershwin.

For more information, please contact Gabriel Boyers at [email protected] or (617) 308 - 4019.