Inscribed first edition of Father of Radio: The Autobiography of Lee de Forest.
Octavo, x, 502pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. No additional printings mentioned on copyright page. Professionally reinforced with new endpapers. Light rubbing to lower edge of text block, free of any marks or notations. In the publisher’s near fine dust jacket, $5.00 on front flap, short closed tear along top edge of spine, rubbing along top edge of boards, bright illustrations. Inscribed on the front flyleaf: “To Lewis Hyman Holzman, With my best wishes for your work and studies in Radio and Electronics. Lee de Forest. June 5, ’53.” An attractive signed copy.
Lee de Forest (1873-1961) was an American inventor, most notable for his invention of the “Audion” vacuum tube in 1906. By the time of his death in 1961, he had over 300 patents credited to his name. His work in vacuum tubes was critical to the development of radio broadcasting, long distance telephone lines and eventually “talking” motion pictures.