The telegraph manual : a complete history and description of the semaphoric, electric and magnetic telegraphs of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, ancient and modern. Taliaferro Preston SCHAFFNER.
The telegraph manual : a complete history and description of the semaphoric, electric and magnetic telegraphs of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, ancient and modern.
The telegraph manual : a complete history and description of the semaphoric, electric and magnetic telegraphs of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, ancient and modern.
The telegraph manual : a complete history and description of the semaphoric, electric and magnetic telegraphs of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, ancient and modern.

The telegraph manual : a complete history and description of the semaphoric, electric and magnetic telegraphs of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, ancient and modern.

New York, Pudney & Russell, 1859. ____ First edition, very rare. Illustrated by 625 engravings in text and 11 portraits, which one is the author's as a frontispice. Taliaferro Preston Shaffner (1811 - 1881) was an American inventor and entrepreneur who promoted telegraphy during its infancy. An associate of Samuel Morse, Shaffner published Shaffner's Telegraph Companion, a monthly journal devoted to Morse's telegraphy, from 1854–1855. In 1851, Shaffner built a telegraph line from St. Louis, Missouri to Jefferson City. Later, he organized the North Atlantic Telegraph Company, which projected building a line from Labrador to England through Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. An advantage of Shaffner's proposal was that none of its segments extended below water for more than 800 miles. The British government took some interest in the project, but doubts about the long cable's feasibility undermined its funding, and the line was never built. Paper slightly browned, small defects to the binding, a good copy. *-------*. ______ Format : In-8. Collation : 850 pp. Reliure : Contemporary half-roan, spine with nerves. Item #15765

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