DINSDALE, ALFRED. Television: Seeing by Wireless. London: W. S. Caines for Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1926.
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DINSDALE, ALFRED.
Television: Seeing by Wireless. London: W. S. Caines for Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1926.
Sold for US$ 1,500 inc. premium

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DINSDALE, ALFRED.
Television: Seeing by Wireless. London: W. S. Caines for Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1926.
8vo (184 x 125 mm). 62 pp, including portrait of Baird and 11 full-page plates. Original printed boards, pictorial dust-jacket, custom cloth clamshell box, tape repair on the back panel of the dust-jacket, minor rubbing.
Provenance: Richard Green, his sale, Christie's Important Scientific Books, June 17, 2008.

FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK IN ENGLISH ON TELEVISION. Dinsdale explains the technical challenges of the early development of television, focusing on the work of John Logie Baird, the Scottish Engineer who first successfully transmitted pictures between two televisions in 1925 using a mechanical scan system. Baird's development continued until he was able to transmit recognizable human faces between two rooms, in January of 1926. While Baird's developments did not produce a workable broadcast television system, it was groundbreaking. The parallel work on electronic television using cathode ray tubes, particularly the work of Philo T. Farnsworth and Vladimir Zworykin, would eventually supersede mechanical approaches to scanning images for television.

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