Chicago: McClurg, 1910. First Edition. Octavo. Item #027144
315 pages, index. The author was one of Joseph Pulitzer's first rate reporters who interviewed Tesla, Marconi, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. He became the major writer on technology but this was his major contribution. When he wrote about the history of the telephone, he could relate what he had heard directly from Bell and a large section on the largely but very important role of Theodore N. Vail. Many illustrations of that help tell the story of the revolution caused by the invention and expansion of the telephone to Chicago eventually to San Francisco which was a key in communication with earthquake and to many foreign countries. From 1879 when the first attempt of short range communication failed and was labeled "Vail's Folly" to the technology of adding one wire and making possible nationwide communication by telephone and leading to Veil becoming the Head of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. Bound in green cloth lettered in gilt, boards just a tad bit bowed, one corner bumped. A very good copy.