London: Day & Son Limited, [1866]. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto (8-1/4" x 11-1/2") bound in the original green cloth with elaborate gilt designs on the front cover and a chromolithographed paper onlay representing a cross section of the Transatlantic cable pasted to the center; [4], v, (i), 117, (i), [4: ads] pages. The account of the laying of the first underwater cable connecting Europe to North America (from Ireland to Newfoundland) in 1856--the genesis of modern long-distance communication--wonderfully illustrated by Robert Dudley with a color-tinted lithographic title page and 25 color-tinted lithographs, all with tissue guards. Many of the illustrations are of maritime interest with several depicting what was then the largest steamship in the world, the Great Eastern (formerly the Leviathan). Wheeler Gift 1622: "the illustrations are of much interest." Bound in at the front of this copy is a four-page 7-3/4" x 10-3/4" color lithographed invitation/catalog of "A Private View of a Series of Pictures by Mr. Robert Dudley, of London, Representing the Principal Incidents Connected with the Atlantic Telegraph Expeditions at Gramercy Park in New York" with the heading "Mr. Cyrus W. Field Requests the Pleasure of" followed by blank lines and the title. It lists 6 oil paintings and 40 drawings with descriptions. A wonderful, clean, Fine copy of this handsome gift book, usually found with the fragile gutta percha binding deteriorated. Other than slight wear to the binding extremities, it's hard to imagine a better copy of this book surviving. Item #020727

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