The Bell Telephone : the Deposition of Alexander Graham Bell in the Suite Brought by the United States to Annul the Bell Patents
by Bell, Alexander Graham
Boston: American Bell Telephone Company, 1908. First Edition. Cloth. Good. First Edition. iv, 469, [1-blank] pages. 8vo. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles, soiled and worn at the extremities. Date stamp on front endpaper, previous owner name inked (James Rudolph Garfield) on verso. Frontispiece of Bell from a photograph taken in 1876. Tipped in at the title page is a printed presentation notice: "With Compliments of Alexander Graham Bell, 1331 Connecticut Avenue, Washington D.C.". Tear and associated creasing to pp 447/8 (no loss of text), otherwise generally clean internally. Cloth. See Origins of Cyberspace 117 for an extensive overview, the last paragraph which we quote here: "During the next decade several unsuccessful lawsuits challenging Bell patents were brought against Bell and his company. The present work consists primarily of the deposition given by Bell for the last of these lawsuits, filed in the name of the United States against Bell and the American Bell Telephone Company on January 13, 1887. The deposition includes a detailed history of Bell's work on the telephone, as well as technical descriptions and illustrations of Bell's apparatus. The two Bell patents are reproduced in full at the end of the deposition.""James Rudolph Garfield (October 17, 1865 - March 24, 1950) was an American politician, lawyer and son of President James Abram Garfield and First Lady Lucretia Garfield...From 1903 to 1907, he served as Commissioner of Corporations at the Department of Commerce and Labor, where he conducted investigations of the meat-packing, petroleum, steel, and railroad industries. From 1907 to 1909, he served in Roosevelt's Cabinet as Secretary of the Interior, where he advocated for the conservation of natural resources. [when this book was published]" (wiki).As Commissioner of Corporations, Garfield would have certainly been aware of and interested in the United States legal proceedings against Bell, his telephone and it's subsequent application in industry.Copies are known with no presentation notice, some with presentation notice from "American Bell Telephone Company" and as here "With Compliments of Alexander Graham Bell
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