THOMAS EDISON USES HIS DICTATION MACHINE, THE EDIPHONE, FOR PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE
EDISON, THOMAS. (1847-1931). American inventor and businessman. Typed Letter boldly Signed, “Thos. A. Edison,” on his imprinted From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, Orange, N.J. stationary. One full page, quarto. February 4, 1927. Accompanied by original imprinted Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, Orange N.J. envelope.
MARCONI SENDS A RADIO-TELEGRAM FROM ON BOARD HIS YACHT “THE ELECTRA”
MARCONI, GUGLIELMO, MARCHESE. (1874-1937). Italian electrical engineer and Nobel laureate (1909); known for his creation of a practical radio wave-based wireless telegraph system that led to Marconi being credited as the inventor of radio. Uncommon, and especially choice, Partly-Printed Document Signed, “Marconi” and also initialed “GM”. One full page, oblong folio. Written on board his yacht, the “ELECTRA,” October 12, 1935.
WILLIAM RAMSAY ~~ THE MAN WHO CHANGED THE PERIODIC TABLE WITH HIS DISCOVERY OF THE RARE NOBLE GASES
RAMSAY, WILLIAM (1852-1916). Scottish Chemist; Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry (1904); his discoveries added the noble gases, an entirely new family of chemical elements to the periodic table; predicted and discovered or was first to isolate every member of the group; created the world’s very first neon light [by accident, when he activated an electric switch to investigate one of the new gases!]. Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed “William Ramsay”. 1 ½ pages, small octavo. Boston, November 6, 1912.
THE ASTRONOMER ROYAL SIGHTS A COMET! ~~ “ON SUNDAY NIGHT THE 8TH INSTANT, A COMET EQUAL IN LIGHT TO A STAR OF THE FOURTH MAGNITUDE, WITH A LARGE COMA, BUT NO NUCLEUS OR TAIL, WAS OBSERVED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AT GREENWICH”.
MASKELYNE, NEVIL. (1732-1811). English astronomer. Significant Autograph Letter Signed, “N. Maskelyne”, accompanied by a holograph article for inclusion in the next day’s daily paper penned under Maskelyne’s statement. One page, quarto. Greenwich, December 9, 1805.
IN 1948, JUST A SHORT 6 MONTHS AFTER THE FOUNDING OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, EINSTEIN WRITES TO A POST-HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR STAYING IN AN AMERICAN-JEWISH DISTRIBUTION CAMP IN CYPRUS, WHILE AWAITING HIS RESETTLEMENT IN THE NEW ISRAELI STATE, AND ACKNOWLEDGES:
“WE ALL OWE THE SMALL HEROIC GROUP OF OUR BROTHERS IN ISRAEL GRATITUDE AND ADMIRATION BECAUSE THEY HAVE ACHIEVED ON THEIR OWN THAT WHICH IS THEIRS BY RIGHT”
EINSTEIN, ALBERT. (1879-1955). Theoretical physicist; Developed the general theory of relativity. Outstanding Typed Letter Signed “A. Einstein”. 1 1/4 pages, quarto. [No place], November 24, 1948. In German. To Siegfried Hessing, Polish writer and Jewish Internee in Famagusta, Cyprus. Addressed to “Camp 67 Bg c/o A.J.D.C.”, a post-Holocaust location where Jews were awaiting permission to enter the new nation of Israel.
ALBERT EINSTEIN : PHILOSOPHER-SCIENTIST ~~ COPY # 7 OF THE LIMITED SIGNED EDITION
EINSTEIN, ALBERT (1879-1955) Theoretical physicist. The book: Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist, boldly Signed on the limitation page “Albert Einstein 49.” Copy 7 of 760. [The first 10 copies were reserved for special presentations.] The Library of Living Philosophers, Evanston Illinois. Small quarto, top edge gilt, 779 pages, 1949. Additionally inscribed and signed on half title page by Paul Arthur Schilpp [the editor]: “To Dr. Barnaby C. Keeny, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with the sincere gratitude and appreciation of Paul A. Schilpp. Summer 1969”.
JOSEPH BARTLETT PENS A LETTER ON HIS STUNNING BARTLETT STREET LAMP COMPANY LETTERHEAD
BARTLETT, JOSEPH WEATHERBY. (1835-1902). American inventor of both sewing machines and street lamps; received patents on sewing machines in 1865, 1868, and manufacturer of Bartlett Street Lamps [circa 1870]; his economical street lamps were used throughout New York City as well as in Troy, New York. Exceedingly scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “J.W. Bartlett,” on his fabulous illustrated Office of Bartlett’s Reflecting Boulevard, Street & Park Lamps letterhead. Two separate pages, octavo. “619 Broadway, N.Y.” “Nov[ember] 11, 1876.”