Middlesex, London: The Edison Swan Electric Co. Limited, n.d. [late 19th, early 20th century]. Assumed First Edition. Softcover (21.5 x 14cm); collection of catalogues gathererd together in a soft card purpose built company folder; pp. pagination by section as follows: , Lamps (52), Accessories 42, Instruments, Meters and Switchgear (48), Wires and Cables (14), House Wiring System (16), House Service Cut-Outs, Joint Boxes and Colliery Fittings 20, D. C. Motors 36, A. C. Motors (44), Heating and Cooking (18), Fans (22), Wireless (56), Accumulators 1-16, 37, [1, blank] (this appears to be a publishing error as the index only refers to pages 1-16 & 37), Dry Cells and Batteries (20) + 13 coloured title cards (one per section); catalogues collected in a slide post binder (two cylindrical metal rods passing through the gathered catalogues with a sliding release mechanism at the front); brown card covers; design and lettering on the front cover in navy and orange, lettering on the spine is now olive (most likely was once navy to match the front cover but has faded).
Spine and 15mm either side of spine on covers are a touch sunned; edges are creased with shallow tears; significant chips to wraps including a 5mm chip out of the head of the spine, 15mm chip out of the tail, 10 x 15mm hole in the bottom left corner of the front cover caused by the fastener used for binding underneath, 35 x 15mm chip to the bottom left corner of the rear cover; corners gently bruised; 60mm diagonal crease to bottom corner of front cover, 130mm diagonal crease to top corner of the rear cover; small puncture holes to the rear cover caused by the fasteners used for binding; top edge of text block is foxed, bottom corner a little scuffed; slight colour transfer from wraps on first and last pages; age toning to outer margins but otherwise clean and bright throughout. Item #1344
The Edison Swan Electric Company was formed following the merger of Thomas Edison's 'Edison Electric Light Company' and Joseph Swan's 'Swan United Electric Light Company.' Edison's company initially sued Swan's, claiming that Swan's lightbulbs infringed on Edison's patent. As Swan could demonstrate prior research and the two companies wished to avoid a costly legal battle, the two companies merged in 1883. This catalogue was presumably published some time into their partnership given the number of products listed for sale.
Note: while the title on the front cover is 'The Ediswan Catalogue of Electrical Apparatus,' the two title pages read, 'The Ediswan General Catalogue.'.