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Television: Seeing by Wireless
London: W. S. Caines for Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1926. First Edition of the first book in English on television. Dinsdale discusses the technical challenges faced by early experimenters (Jan van Szczepanik, Boris Rosing, Denoys von Kihaly and others), but focuses primarily on the work of the Scottish engineer John Logie Baird (1888-1946), the first person to produce televised pictures of objects in motion. In February 1924 Baird produced the first television image in outline, and in April 1925 he transmitted the first pictures between two televisions. By the following October Baird had succeeded in transmitting images with gradations of light and shade, and on January 27, 1926, he successfully transmitted recognizable human faces between two rooms by television. Of Baird’s early experiments, Dinsdale writes: “Baird’s weird apparatus—old bicycle sprockets, biscuit tins, cardboard discs and bullseye lenses, all tied together with sealing wax and string—failed to impress those who were accustomed to the shining brass and exquisite mechanism of the instrument maker. The importance of the demonstration was, however, realized by the scientific world . . .” (p. 49). Although he did not succeed in producing a viable system of television, Baird paved the way for future technical developments. Television reached a state of technical feasibility in 1931, and the first high-definition broadcasting system was launched in London in 1936 by the BBC. The plates include a view of the very first television picture.

& & The Richard Green copy, with a tape repair on the back panel of the dust-jacket and some minor rubbing, sold at Christies’ on June 17, 2008 for $16,250.00.

& & Shiers, Early Television: A Bibliographic Guide to 1940, p. 841.& 8vo (184 x 125 mm), pp 62, including portrait of Baird and 11 further full-page plates, original printed paper boards, pictorial dust-jacket (upper capital with a small professional repair, hardly visible), custom cloth clamsell box, a fine copy.

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