AUTHOR: FEYNMAN, Richard P. (Phillips).
TITLE: "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character.
PUBLISHER: NY: W. W. Norton & Co., 1985.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED TWICE. 1 vol., Signed & inscribed on half title: "To Helen, merry christmas. John Schwarz", and "1984. He beat me to it! To my good friend (and sec'y). Richard Feynman.". Bound in the publisher's original orange cloth backed boards, publisher's number stamp to front blank endleaf, with the original priced ($16.95) pictorial dustjacket, with two (not three) blurbs on the lower panel as issued.
CONDITION: DJ in a protective mylar cover, FINE/VG+. Housed in a tan cloth clamshell slipcase, gilt lettered black morocco spine label.
PROVENANCE: Helen Jane Tuck (1927-2010) of Caltech, longtime secretary to Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann; by descent,.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: John Henry Schwarz, is currently the Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Feynman & John Schwarz, is widely regarded as one of the founders of string theory.
An excellent memoir of the "Rock Star" of physics, "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman" was edited from taped conversations between Feynman and his close friend and drumming partner Ralph Leighton. Feynman was notorious for refusing to sign copies of his book, reportedly telling his editor "I'm not going to go on TV and I'm not going to sign any books!" - signed copies are thus scarce, and were given to his closest friends and family.