London: Constable and Company, 1910.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 5" x 7.5", pp xi, 146, illustrated with 64 figures, indexed. Original blue cloth, mild spine lean, chipping to head of spine, small split in cloth along rear joint. Internals clean and sound. Embossed "presentation copy" stamp on title page, but no indication of to whom this copy was presented. Baker, who pioneered methods for transmitting photographs telegraphically, writes in the Preface: "The desire to have news at the earliest possible moment, and the recent demand for the public to have 'news in pictures,' has opened up the field for a new science, which is a peculiar mixture of electricity, optics, and photoengraving. The telegraphed picture at first looked upon as a marvel, now occasions little or no surprise, which means that it is sufficiently like an ordinary photograph to pass muster among other pictures in the newspaper in which it appears."