Thompson, Ct. Printed by J. J. Mason, 1858. 1st printing. Broadside, printed with green ink. 14" x 4-1/4". Age-toning & soiling. 4 horizontal fold-lines, which have old tape reinforcement on the verso. Withal, Very Good. Item #41342
The laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable was an engineering feat of the first magnitude, and was initially accomplished by Cyrus West Field and the Atlantic Telegraph Company. While this 1858 effort lasted barely a month before failure, as a 'proof of concept' effort, it was invaluable. Its more successful successor would come a decade later.
This broadside begins by confessing the local populace's sceptical reception to the news of the cable's successful deployment, followed by the confirming text of the 3 first messages transmited: "THE FIRST MESSAGE!" as well as "THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT BUCHANAN" and the "PRESIDENTS REPLY".
Reputedly, this broadside came from the Morse family estate, relatives of Samuel Morse the inventor of the telegraph, though this bookseller was unable to confirm this particular provenance.
No copy recorded on OCLC.
A very rare printed survivor documenting an event that effectively shrank the western world. .