Hawking, Stephen (1942 – 2018)

A signed book by Hawking: Superspace & Supergravity, first edition, Cambridge University Press, 1981. Signed boldly on the first free end page in black ink, ‘Stephen Hawking’ and additionally signed and inscribed by Judy Fella, Hawking’s first secretary and later his nursing coordinator, ’11 May 1981, To Eric, With love and affection, Judy’.

In fine condition, with light rubbing to dust jacket extremities. The volume contains a series of mathematical papers on superspace and supergravity presented at the workshop organized by Hawking, and the interesting pictorial dust jacket reproduces a chalkboard doodled on by the attendees: it includes a caricature of Hawking, and his assistant is depicted as ‘one of the Fella’s.’ A fabulous, rarely seen autograph from one of the towering scientific figures of modern times.