New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1908. Octavo. Item #025918
362 pages, index. William Jennings Bryan's copy with his bookplate and signature. One of the best accounts of the remarkable life of Thomas Edison. Edison's first inventions were improvements in telegraphy but soon he had invented the telephone, the electric light, the phonograph, the storage battery and many others, though the chapter on electrocution as a device for the death penalty shows how he conducted the tests in his Menlo Park laboratory. Profusely illustrated with photographs of his inventions. The bookplate also of Frank B. Kellogg (the famous lawyer and statesman who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Kellogg-Brian Peace Pact) designed by Cleora Clark Wheeler studied design at the University of Minnesota (Class of 1902), and at the New York School of Fine Arts who was known as a major ‘designer-illuminator,’ who did custom bookplates for major collectors. Bound in green cloth lettered and stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, spine lettering gilt, bump along bottom edge, two lines doen the spine? previous library ownership stamp. A very good copy.