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COLLINS, A. Frederick.

Experimental Television.

A Series of Simple Experiments with Television Apparatus also How to Make a Complete Home Television Transmitter and Television Receiver. With One Hundred and Eighty-Five Text Illustrations and Diagrams by the Author.

Published: Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1932

Stock code: 88477

Price: £375

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First edition, first printing of this attractive and copiously illustrated practical work on television engineering, uncommon in the dust jacket. Television only became a viable technology during the second half of the 1920s, with the first experimental television station opening in 1928. It did not come to wide public consciousness until its demonstration at the 1939 World’s Fair, making this a particularly early textbook for the in-the-know hobbyist. Author Archie Frederick Collins (1869-1952) was a pioneering experimenter with wireless and radio technology and a prolific author, writing pieces on science and engineering for magazines such as Scientific American as well as encyclopaedias and technical journals, and publishing several hundred books over the course of his career. His volumes on experimental science for young people were very popular, and the Nobel Prize-winning chemist Alan MacDiarmid recalled that he kept The Boy Chemist (first published in 1924) out of the library for a year in order to complete all the experiments it contained.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and Art Deco pictorial design to upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece, diagrams throughout the text. Minor bumps to corners and edge of upper board, very lightly rubbed at extremities, some loss of size from cloth on the spine but overall cloth fresh, contents mildly toned. An excellent copy in the rubbed and dulled jacket that is lacking the front flap and has a tanned spine panel, some nicks and short closed tears repaired with tape on the verso, and an abrasion to the upper panel.

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