By Nikola Tesla
A Lecture delivered before the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London.
New York: W. J. Johnston, 1892.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo – over 7¾ – 9¾” tall. Near Fine. Item #003093
8vo (173 x 123 mm). ix , 146,  pp., including frontispiece portrait of Tesla, tissue guard with tear, several text illustrations, and 2 leaves of adverts at end. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt-lettered spine (extremities slightly rubbed, lower corners bumped). Text little age-toned, very minor occasional spotting, light foxing to tissue guards and edges. Provenance: Ulrico Hoepli, Milan (small sticker to front pastedown). A near fine copy.
DSB XIII, p.287. – RARE FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM of Tesla’s most celebrated lecture, explaining and promoting the benefits and uses of alternating current. After having worked a few years for Edison’s company, Tesla left in order to develop and promote his own industrial arc lamp. Edison dismissed Tesla’s idea of an alternating-current system of electric power transmission, instead promoting his simpler, but less efficient, direct-current system. “By 1888 Tesla had obtained patents on a whole polyphase system of alternating-current dynamos, transformers, and motors; the rights to these were bought in that year by George Westinghouse, and the ‘battle of the currents’ was begun. Although Edison continued to espouse direct current, Tesla’s system triumphed to make possible the first large-scale harnessing of Niagara Falls and to provide the basis for the whole modern electric-power industry. During the next few years Tesla worked in his New York laboratories on a wide variety of projects. He was very successful, particularly in his invention of the Tesla coil, an air-core transformer, and in his further research on high-frequency currents. In 1891 he lectured on his high-frequency devices to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and this lecture, coupled with a spectacular demonstration of these apparatuses, made him famous. He repeated his performance in Europe, to great acclaim, and enjoyed international celebrity.” (DSB)
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