By Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff and Hyman Ruchlis, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
First edition of the first book to be illustrated by Maurice Sendak, a snapshot of the postwar American approach to popular physics.
Near fine in very good dust jacket.
ATOMICS FOR THE MILLIONS
"Now, with the release of large-scale atomic energy, we may make even more exciting strides forward."
Published in the earliest days of the Cold War, this optimistic yet cautious title aims to help non-specialists understand the history and use of atomic energy. Written by Dr. Eidinoff, a Manhattan Project scientist, and Dr. Ruchlis, a high school physics teacher, ATOMICS FOR MILLIONS manages to walk the line between technical and entertaining. One of Ruchlis's students while he was working on this book was an 18-year-old Maurice Sendak. The Rosenbach Museum and Library holds Sendak's contract for his work on the title, which notes that he was paid $100 total for the book: $50 up front, and $50 upon completion. This copy belonged to American quantum physicist Edwin C. Kemble, an associate of Harold C. Urey, who wrote the introduction.
Read more: Jonathan Carr, "Atomic Sendak," Dallas Public Library; Hanrahan, Works of Maurice Sendak: 1947-1994, A1.
New York : London: Whittlesey House, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., (1947). 9'' x 6''. Original blue cloth binding with red and gold stamped designs. Original unclipped ($3.50) color pictorial dust jacket. Blank endpapers (second issue, ref. Hanrahan). Illustrated by Sendak with black line drawings throughout. 14, 281,  pages. Ink owner name, "Edwin C. Kemble," to front flyleaf. Jacket with a few moderate chips and slight sunning to spine, else bright. Book with light bumping to extremities. Scarce in original dust jacket.
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