New York: Wm. C. Bryant & Co., Printers, 1853. 94pp. Disbound, original green printed front wrapper. Institutional rubberstamp on title page. Else Very Good. "Compliments of Geo. Gifford" in ink manuscript at head of front wrap.
Gifford argued for Morse. His opponent was Salmon P. Chase, the anti-slavery politician who became Lincoln's Treasury Secretary and Taney's successor as Chief Justice. The litigation resulted in the validation of Morse's 1840 and 1848 patents on the 'Electro-Magnetic Telegraphs.'
Gifford elaborately reviews the law of patents, and the history and development of Morse's invention. The claims of O'Reilly were not frivolous. Well-known to Congress as a tireless advocate of transcontinental wireless communication, he was an emigrant from Ireland. "After the invention of the telegraph (he) entered upon the work of extending the lines to the west, but became involved in lawsuits which almost ruined him financially" [Appleton].
FIRST EDITION. Not in Cohen. OCLC notes seven copies under three accession numbers as of December 2017. Item #34516