Book #72728
Morse's Patent: Full Exposure of Dr Chas T Jackson's Pretensions to. Amos Kendall, Samuel Morse, Charles T. Jackson.
Morse's Patent: Full Exposure of Dr Chas T Jackson's Pretensions to...
Morse's Patent: Full Exposure of Dr Chas T Jackson's Pretensions to...

Morse's Patent: Full Exposure of Dr Chas T Jackson's Pretensions to...

Owned by Samuel Morse's Brother [Kendall, Amos (1789-1869)]. [Morse, Samuel (1791-1872)]. [Jackson, Charles Thomas (1805-1880)]. Morse's Patent. Full Exposure of Dr Chas.T.Jackson's Pretensions to the Invention of the American Electro-Magnetic Telegraph. [Washington, DC: S.n., c.1850]. 66 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet. Light toning, occasional light to moderate foxing, light soiling in a few places, some folded corners, last leaf partially detached but secure. Signature of Sidney E. Morse to head of title page, corrections, most likely by Morse, to pp. 3 and 66. $950. * Early edition. Morse had developed a single-wire telegraph, cheaper and simpler than other versions emerging at the time, after meeting Jackson in 1832 and witnessing the other man's various electromagnetic experiments. He submitted a patent application for the final version in 1849, but Jackson claimed prior discovery and a bitter conflict ensued. (This was something of a habit for Jackson, who made many other spurious priority claims.) Kendall, former Postmaster General and Morse's business partner, leapt to Morse's defense in this pamphlet. Jackson's claim was ultimately proven false, and Morse's telegraph became the dominant version. Our copy was owned by Sidney Edwards Morse, Samuel's brother and owner of the New York Observer, a pro-slavery newspaper. No date or publisher are given, but the text of a later edition suggests that the work was first published in 1850. Ours is similar to Cohen 11519, with a variation in the title (Chas.T. vs. Cohen's C.T.) also seen in a copy at Harvard. (Cohen does not give a date.) Early issues are scarce: OCLC locates 2 published before the 1852 edition, in addition to Harvard's copy. See Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 11519.

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