Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) and M. Rocek (editors).
Superspace and Supergravity: Proceedings of the Nuffield Workshop, Cambridge June 16-July 12, 1980. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the title page in Hawking's own hand. This is a collection of densely mathematical papers given at a workshop on supergravity organized by Hawking. The dustjacket reproduces a blackboard covered with doodles by Martin Rocek and other attendees at the Nuffield Workshop, including a caricature of Hawking himself: the blackboard itself remained in Hawking's office in Cambridge until his death. A fine copy of the first edition.
Octavo (226 x 152mm). Publisher's maroon cloth, lettered in silver on spine, original pictorial dustjacket. Provenance: authorial inscription on title 'Love from Stephen x x x'; Judy Fella (Hawking's first secretary and later PA and nursing co-ordinator: Fella typed up some of the manuscript for the work, and is depicted, as 'one of the Fella's', in the cover artwork).
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