Patent History of the Phonograph 1877-1912. By Allen Koenigsberg. Revised edition, 1991.
It is only when the significant patents of the phonograph industry are illustrated and arranged chronologically does the history of the phonograph make sense.
This book by American's foremost authority on early phonographs is more than just an accumulation of patent illustrations. The development and history of each patent is annotated in exhaustive and scholarly detail, with much information unearthed by the author and unavailable anywhere else.
This is as far from a coffee table book as you can get. It's a good starting point for a beginning collector, and a necessity for an advanced collector.
The price on Amazon for the few remaining copies was starting at $165 as of this writing.
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