8vo, pp. 27, with a lithographic frontispiece and a large folding plate; unopened in the original wrappers.
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Die Phototelegraphie und das Elektrische Fernsehen.
A treatise by a German artillery officer on the electrical transmission of images, occasioned by newspaper reports of Jan Szczepanik’s invention. ‘On February 24, 1897, Jan Szczepanik and Ludwig Kleinberg of Austria applied for a patent for a method and apparatus for reproducing pictures and the like at a distance by means of electricity. (In Britain, this was the first television patent aplied for.)’ (Abramson p. 21, describing the apparatus). The progenitor of television was suitably gigantic: the folding plate illustrates a scanner nearly twice a man’s height. Only one copy in NUC; WU.
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