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Edison. His Life and Inventions - EDISON Thomas Alva DYER Frank Lewis - 1910. 
1910 - (EDISON, Thomas Alva) DYER, Frank Lewis and MARTIN, Thomas Commerford. Edison. His Life and Inventions. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1910. Two volumes. Octavo, original gilt-stamped blue cloth, top edges gilt, original glassine (Volume II only). Housed together in a custom clamshell box. $8800.First edition of the first "complete, authentic and authorized" biography of Edison, boldly signed by him, inscribed by the author to one of the founders of Biograph Studios, one of the most important early movie studios: "To my friend H.N. Marvin with compliments. Frank L. Dyer. Orange, N.J. June 15, 1911."Primarily authored by Frank Lewis Dyer, who headed Edison's legal and corporate affairs for over a decade, with Electrical World editor Thomas Martin, this two-volume, generously illustrated work was "long regarded as the standard, authorized biography". [and] is a rich source of biographical details, particularly on Edison's early career" (Burt, The Biography Book, 125). Subsequent biographers would inevitably "begin with a large debt to the authorized biography written in 1910 (and enlarged in1929)". Filled with good stories and extensive quotations from Edison himself, it tells Edison's life largely thorough his most well-known inventions". Dyer and Martin provide a good technical discussion of these inventions and furnish insight into Edison's inventive and business methods" (Hessenbuch, 192). Additionally, as contemporary reviewers noted, Edison "throws light on important phases of the economic history of our time". Edison has been almost through the whole of his career an organizer, manager, investor" (Taussig, Quarterly Journal of Economics). With Edison's stamped signature on publisher's statement of authorization, Volume I. Illustrated with 26 full-page photogravures, including two frontispiece portraits. Volume II with a lengthy appendix detailing Edison's United States patents granted from 1868-1909 and his more than 1000 foreign patents, as well as informative diagrams and descriptions of his work on the telephone, incandescent lamp, phonograph, motion picture inventions and more. Without rare dust jackets or rare publisher's cardboard slipcase; with rare printed glassine for Volume II only. This copy is inscribed to Henry Norton Marvin, one of the founders of Biograph Studios, one of the early pioneers of the film industry. Marvin began working with W.K.L. Dickson""a former employee of Edison's""in the 1890s, founding a company that would go on to become The Biograph Company. At its height, director D.W. Griffith was making a steady stream of films for Biograph starring the likes of Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian and Dorothy Gish and Mack Sennett (who would also direct for the company). Starting in 1908 Biograph became part of the Motion Picture Patents Company, an Edison-led consortium of studios that was finally dissolved in 1915 due to antitrust violations. At the time of this inscription, Marvin was vice-president and general manager of the company.Interiors generally fine, cloth of Volume I rubbed, gilt bright. An extremely good copy with a excellent film association. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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