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#87 - Thomas Edison Estimate: $1,000+

Inscribed to a Faraday Medal-winning engineer

Exquisite matte-finish 6.5 x 8.5 portrait of Edison seated with his hands clasped, affixed to its original 9.25 x 11.25 mount, boldly signed and inscribed on the mount in fountain pen to a noted Italian electrical engineer, "To Guido Semenza, Thos. A. Edison.” In very good to fine condition, with two small dings to the edges of the mount, and some light silvering and speckling to the photo.

Accompanied by several items associated with Semenza, including: a mounted portrait; a group photo outside the Koninklijk Instituut; a photograph of him in old age; his Italian passport issued in 1917, signed in ink by Semenza; three telegrams sent to Semenza congratulating him on winning the Faraday Medal in 1929; two letters signed by British electrical engineer R. E. B. Crompton (one TLS and one ALS); and an ALS by Hazel Crompton.

Guido Semenza (1868-1929) was an Italian electrical engineer, inventor, and Leonardo da Vinci scholar, remembered for his work in electrical transmission, communication, and traction motors. He served as president of the International Electrotechnical Commission from 1923 to 1927, and in 1929 was awarded the Faraday Medal of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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