Feynman, Richard P. Dictionary Presented To His Wife Arline As A Gift, Inscribed By Him
3,000 - 5,000 USD
Property From The Family Of Richard P. Feynman
[Feynman, Richard P.]
Funk & Wagnall's Standard Universal Dictionary Of the English Language. Garden City, New York: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., 1943.
8vo (6 1/4 x 8 1/2 in). Publisher's blue cloth; worn. Ex-Libris of Arline and Richard P. Feynman to front paste-down (with quote by Confucius "Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.") SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY FEYNMAN TO FRONT FLY-LEAF IN GREEN INK "ARLINE,/ I THINK YOU'LL ENJOY THIS, BECAUSE THE/ PLOT CHANGES TOO RAPIDLY EVEN FOR ME./ RICHARD/"WITH: REIK, THEODORE. Of Love and Lust. On the Psychoanalysis of Romantic and Sexual Emotions. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Cudahy, 1957. SIGNED "FEYNMAN" IN PENCIL ON FRONT FLY-LEAF, BELOW SANDS (CROSSED OUT IN PENCIL).
A sweet gift, presented from Feynman to his first wife Arline, a year after they were married. Arline was known for her love of words, puzzles, and secret codes, so she surely appreciated this gift.
The copy of Reik was apparently given to Feynman by Mathew Sands, American physicist and co-author of the Feynman Lectures on Physics. Sands worked with Feynman on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, and later joined Feynman at Caltech.