First and only printing of these curious scientific tall tales of Maine inventors and eccentrics, mixing the art of the yarn with the developing genre of science fiction.
Very good plus.
CY HAINS'S SERMO-PHONE AND OTHER STORIES
"With soothing words the wily fellow placed her in the chair, out of which he had been startled by her sudden appearance, and patiently explained the delicate mechanism of the wonderful vibrator he had fashioned to reproduce sound."
Taylor, a Maine writer for various local-interest periodicals, presents a miscellany of speculative inventions and regional whimsy: most notably, a doctor sets up a carrier pigeon messaging relay to bring down the exploitative phone company, in "Dr Lunt and His Telebird System"; and a lazy farmer invents an electrical contraption to secretly broadcast Sunday sermons directly into his private home, in the title story. A rare and intriguing amateur exploration of turn-of-the-century technologies in the traditional tall-tale format, wherein the canny old Maine farmer fulfills his trickster function through the use of wires, tubes, levers, and transmitters.
Read more: "Taylor, John Edwin," in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Augusta, ME: Kennebec Journal Press, 1909. 7'' x 5''. Original red cloth with bright gilt lettering. Photographic frontispiece with intact tissue guard. 62 pages. Spine faintly sunned, with slight worming to cloth. Light edgewear. Minor foxing to endpapers.
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