London: John Weale, .
Softcover. Near fine. 4 x 7 inches, pp xii, 179, 24 (publisher's catalogue), in original stiff wrappers with blind-stamped design and paper label. Title page dated 1852, but publisher's catalogue dated 1859. Title written by hand on spine, spine professionally repaired, previous owners' names (most recently Henry Arthur Godson Bohn, 1900) on front free endpaper. Otherwise unmarked, clean and sound, with minimal wear; a very attractive copy of this early illustrated history of the telegraph, which describes the development of the technology and the features of many types of telegraphs then in use or experimentation. The author was a telegraph engineer who, with his brother Rev. Henry Highton, made a number of improvements to the telegraphic equipment and processes.