Two works inscribed to Rudolf Serkin. The Logic of Scientific Discovery. London: Hutchinson, (1959). First English edition, inscribed "To Rudi,/in the hope of being forgiven/for an act of violence/committed forty years ago/at our first meeting/in July 1919/from/Karl." Original grey cloth in dust jacket. 9 x 5 3/4 inches (23 x 15 cm); 480 pp. Some wear to jacket; and Conjectures and refutations. The Growth of Scientific Knowledge. New York: Basic Books, (1962). First U.S. edition, inscribed To Rudi/greatest of pianists/and for me the only one/with love from Karl/March 28th, 1963." Original orange cloth in dust jacket. 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches (23.5 x 15 cm); xii, 412 pp. Jacket defective on folds.
The friendship between Popper and Serkin was a long one, and it was indeed Rudolf Serkin who asked his mother-in-law, Frieda Busch, to bring Popper's Logik der Forschung to the attention of Albert Einstein. What the "act of violence" was one can only imagine; one suspects a humorous shared recollection.
C From the Collection of Rudolf Serkin
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