Hard Cover. Washington: Privately printed at the J. H. Furst Press, 1910. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Publisher's green cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, dark green endpapers. A very good copy with some rubbing to extremities, gilt a bit dimmed, a few faint spots to rear board, early inscription to verso of front free endpaper, scattered foxing to final blanks. Overall, a handsome copy. Written by Henry Adams, a descendent of John Adams and an American historian, this letter to teachers proposes a new theory of the progression of human thought throughout history that relies on the laws of thermodynamics and entropy. He suggests that the transfer of energy through ideas and thoughts will, according to the laws of thermodynamics, eventually lead to disorder and the dissipation of thoughts as energy.