Earth In Upheaval
New York: Doubleday, 1955. Later Printing. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 301pp. Inscribed on front endpaper: "To Bernarda and Ben Shahn a book of unrest for peaceful reading from friends Elis and Immanuel Velikovsky," dated 1964. Very good in slightly edge-worn dustjacket with 1/2" loss at base of spine. A later installment in Velikovsky's series of pseudo-scientific ruminations on the origins of the universe. Shahn an Velikovsky would probably have known one another through mutual acquaintances among the Princeton intellectual community (within which Velikovsky was reportedly treated with somewhat derisive tolerance). It is worth noting that both the artist and the author were heavily influenced by Jewish mystical and cosmological texts, and Shahn's Alphabet of Creation appeared within a year or two of Velikovsky's controversial cosmological work, Worlds in Collision.