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Codex Lipack: The original manuscript journal of William Fothergill Cooke. Together with Professor Charles Wheatstone of King's College, London, William Fothergill Cooke was the English co-patentee of the world's first perfected commercial digital electric telegraph communications system. The 191 page journal that began its life on 25 September 1775, as a "Naam Lyst" or 'name list' for the "Amsterdamsche Societeit;" a late 18th century societal organization based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Shown is the cover of the journal and the page revealing the final system details of the London and Blackwall Railway telegraph installation dated to the first week of July, 1840. This is one of several sketches by Cooke found in his journal that depict the London and Blackwall Railway telegraph installation; the world's first perfected commercial digital electric telegraph communications system. The builder's drawings found in Cooke's journal are for some of the actual artifacts that today are part of the collection of telegraph apparatus in the Science Museum, London, and other museums. Initial correspondence between Richard Warren Lipack, discoverer of the Cooke journal, and the Science Museum, London originally mutually referred to Cooke's manuscript journal as the "Kerby Journal," initially named after Frederick A. Kerby, the main machinist and philosophical instruments maker for the Cooke and Wheatstone partnership formed to develop the world's first perfected commercial electric telegraph communications system
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