SMYTH, H.D. A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes under the Auspices of the United States Government 1940-1945.

Washington: Government Printing Office 1945.


8vo. Original printed wrappers, in custom-made red buckram fall-down-back box, gilt lettering to spine; pp. viii + 182, two text diagrams; slight darkening to the wrappers, but a very nice copy.

First edition, second issue. The 'remarkably full and candid account of the development work carried out between 1940 and 1945 by the American-directed but internationally recruited team of physicists, under the code name of "Manhattan District", which culminated in the production of the first atomic bomb' (PMM). Henry DeWolf Smyth (1898-1986) was a physics professor at Princeton and a consultant on the Manhattan Project; after the war he campaigned against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

PMM 422(e).