Signed book: Examination of the Telegraphic Apparatus and the Process in Telegraphy. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1869. Softcover, 5.75 x 8.5, 166 pages. Signed and inscribed on the front cover, “Presented to Mr. D’Aligny, with the respects of Prof. S. F. B. Morse.” The book has six chapters, whose titles include: Telegraphs, Semaphores, Codes, and Information Concerning Telegraphs in Various Countries, and also includes six appendices. Scattered light edge wear, a few pencil and ink marks, light soiling, and a library stamp to cover, otherwise fine condition. Morse was appointed US Commissioner to the exposition, and prepared this detailed and illustrated report, as well as exhibiting a wide range of telegraphic equipment. This report provided a history of the development of the telegraph, a survey of current technology, and information on the extent of telegraphic services throughout the world. D’Aligny (1798-1871) was a noted landscape painter who at the time of his death was Director of the École des Beaux-Arts. An important presentation with superb association to Morse’s most famous and revolutionary invention, as well as his artistic interests. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Samuel F. B. Morse Signed book Universal Exposition Telegraphic Examination Report