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. Written at the request of Major General L. R. Groves United States Army. Publication authorized as of August 1945. Henry DeWolf SMYTH.
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. Written at the request of Major General L. R. Groves United States Army. Publication authorized as of August 1945.
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. Written at the request of Major General L. R. Groves United States Army. Publication authorized as of August 1945.
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. Written at the request of Major General L. R. Groves United States Army. Publication authorized as of August 1945.
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. Written at the request of Major General L. R. Groves United States Army. Publication authorized as of August 1945.
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. Written at the request of Major General L. R. Groves United States Army. Publication authorized as of August 1945.

One of just a few copies of the rare lithoprint version signed by Smyth

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. Written at the request of Major General L. R. Groves United States Army. Publication authorized as of August 1945.

Washington DC: War Department, 1945.

1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002249

Preface dated July 1, 1945. 4to (263 x 199 mm). [8], I:1-19 [1], II:1-10, III:1-7 [1], IV:1-15 [1], V:1-9 [1], VI:1-14, VII:1-15 [1], VIII:1-17 [1], IX:1-13 [1], X:1-10, XI:1-13 [1], XII:1-12, XIII:1-3 [1], A1:1-6, A2:1-2, A3:1-3 [1], A4:1-5 [1], A5:1 [1]. Leaf IV-9/10 a dublicate. With the printed version of page VI-12. Original printed cream paper wrappers, staple-bound as issued. Front wrapper somewhat buckled at edges and with light water, a few leaves with short tear to blank fore-margin, otherwise clean and unmarked. Added is the first printed edition of the General Account by the Government Printing Office, Washington DC (Coleman No. 5), stapled and pasted into printed cardboard case as issued, 8vo (229 x 148 mm), vii, 182 pp. The set is housed in a custom-made clamshell box. A fine copy. ----

PMM 422e; Norman 1962; Coleman, The "Smyth Report": a Descriptive Check List, No. 3. This is the rare lithoprint version of the Smyth Report on the creation of the atomic bomb and one of Henry DeWolf Smyth's own copies, signed by him on the title page, complete and in original wrappers, one of only 1000 copies printed, accompanied by a copy of the first printed edition of this work in octavo format.
The Smyth Report is renowned for its "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 'Manhattan District,' which culminated in the production of the first atomic bomb" (PMM).
This is a copy of the lithoprint version, preceding the first printed edition and intended for press release distribution immediately after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. The lithoprint version was produced from stencils made by several typewriters in the Adjutant General's Office, along with a virtually unobtainable 12-chapter mimeograph version (Coleman No. 1) and a very small number of 'ditto' printings with text in purple (Coleman No. 2), sent out to project leaders and a few others belonging to the Manhattan District work. All copies of the mimeograph version were probably destroyed. It is not yet determined if the Ditto version precedes the Lithoprint version or not, and it might be just a proof copy.
This copy includes the secret page VI-12 which is left blank in most copies, because it deals with production rates of plutonium. Since the leaves were gathered for binding in great haste and under tight security, surviving copies often contain missing and/or repeated leaves. No leaves are missing in this copy.

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