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  1. 129740
    First edition of this guide to educating children with reference to the Great Exhibition. Published the year after the Exhibition, the guide assumes the children will have seen and remembered it, with its exhibits taken as a ready reference point for learning. Rare, with OCLC listing six copies. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 129740

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  2. 129493
    First edition, first impression, of this biography and memorial volume written by the mother of the great computer science pioneer. Uncommon, especially so in the jacket, and apparently issued in an edition of as little as 500 copies, it is an interesting work which strives to establish Turing's credentials without reference... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 129493

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  3. 120082
    First edition, no other copy traced. "In the spirit of socialist emulation inspired by the 60th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, a specialised engineering office and a pilot plant have successfully completed the key stages of a development plan for melon production. The issues of complex mechanisation... Learn More
    £1,950

    Stock Code: 120082

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  4. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
    First edition in English. The first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise was published in France in 1750 as Traité de la culture des terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work... Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 114569

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  5. 98387
    First collected edition in French of the author's collected works. The first part is entirely devoted to electricity and includes previously unpublished pieces. Translated by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg (1709-1779) from the fourth edition in the original English. A close friend of Franklin and his translator and publisher in... Learn More
    £1,250

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  6. 124465
    First edition. David Henry's (1709-1792) guide to farming was based on his own farm in Lewisham. In the preface he criticises both those agricultural handbooks which are written entirely from theory, as well as those written entirely from practice, and seeks to offer farmers a mix of both. A pencilled note on the pastedown... Learn More
    £350

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  7. 114087comp
    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "All'egregio sig. Prof. Gilberto Gavi?". Father of the famous economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, Raffaele Pareto (1812-1882) was a prominent civil engineer whose career began in France where he had sought exile following his involvement with Giuseppe Mazzini's... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 114087

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  8. 121105
    First edition of this extensive and attractively illustrated guide to microscopes and their proper usage, written to provide assistance to novices and new enthusiasts on choosing microscopes and accessories, appearing the same year as one of the most important publications on optical microscopy, Köhler's Zeitschrift für... Learn More
    £75

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  9. 114554
    First edition of the first significant publication of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, published three years after the society was founded. From the library of natural history collector William Constable (1721-1791), whose Cabinet of Curiosities was donated to Hull City Museums in the 1960s, with his armorial... Learn More
    £700

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  10. 114963
    First edition, first printing of this authoritative study by the founding editor of The Railway Magazine. An excellent copy in the Lynton Lamb-designed dust jacket. Learn More
    £50

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  11. 114444
    First edition, first impression. "This is the first book to tell the story of the great technical and artistic achievements of stage lighting engineers during this period" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £50

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  12. 120099
    First edition of Darwin's major treatise on agriculture. Darwin's "intention was to systematise agricultural knowledge, informed by his conviction that plants were inferior animals, providing a theoretical framework that could sustain better agricultural and horticultural practices" (ODNB). In this work he provides "a confident... Learn More
    £1,250

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  13. 118172
    First edition, first printing, of volume 16 of The Annals of the Computational Laboratory of Harvard University, owned by one of the conference contributors. It was the first of two symposia organised by the head of Harvard's Computation Laboratory, Howard Aiken, and was at the time the world's largest computing conference,... Learn More
    £725

    Stock Code: 118172

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  14. 118844
    First edition of this report on computer-oriented numerical analysis, a key document in charting the early development of von Neumann's understanding of the work of Carl Friedrich Gauss. The statistician Harold Hotelling had discredited Gauss's approach to numerical analysis and "advocated using an iterative method to eliminate... Learn More
    £450

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  15. 118811
    First edition, first printing, of the first treatise on how to build an electronic digital computer. An important contribution to computing literature in its own right, it also provided some of the most complete bibliographies available on the subject at the time. Charles Brown Tompkins, a pioneering academic in the fields... Learn More
    £825

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  16. 118806comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed from the authors to "I. Bernard Cohen - Many thanks". As the editor of the MIT Press Series in the History of Computing, Cohen provided the foreword for this book, which chronicles and analyses the technical development of IBM from its time as a small manufacturer... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 118806

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  17. 118607
    First edition, first printing of the professor of astronomy's groundbreaking work on scientific computation. "Eckert had become aware of the possibilities of punched-card calculation through visits to the IBM-Columbia University Statistical Bureau, established in 1939; he was also probably inspired by reports from the American... Learn More
    £550

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  18. 118833
    First edition, first impression, of this book advocating the importance of introducing machinery such as the comptometer, Burroughs Adding Machine, dictaphone, and Gledhill-Brook Time Recorders into the workplace. "If we can overcome our doubtless very natural prejudices, and consent to use machinery for all purposes for... Learn More
    £175

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  19. 116419comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To A. G. Corley - Who can transmit congeniality & friendship at all times - A. J. Ezickson". "Modern crime fighters have discovered science to be their firmest ally... This book tells the story of that little magic black box and the part it plays... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 116419

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    First edition, first printing, Viking Hall commemoration presentation copy from the library of NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr, signed by the author and head of the Viking Project, as well as by 12 other persons involved in the Viking project including J. Preston Layton, Lt. Comdr. W. Pat Murphy, W. Paul Smith and... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114401

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  21. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
    First edition, first printing, the author's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Scarce. This layman's guide to rocket science, rocket warfare and the incipient space age comes from the library of the author, Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983). Newell was a mathematics professor and author... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 114393

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  22. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 113696

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  23. A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads,
    First edition of this foundation work on railways, scarce in the original boards and in such exemplary condition. Nicholas Wood (1795-1865) was a civil and mining engineer who was a colliery manager at Killingworth, Northumberland, when his book was published, which coincided with the opening of the Stockton and Darlington... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 111980

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  24. .
    First edition, first printing. A history of the German chemical conglomerate which was co-opted by the Nazi regime to become the driving industrial force behind the war effort. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 107459

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  25. i1
    First edition. Described on the title as "Ingénieur-Mécanicien du Roi", Berthelot (1718-1800) rose from humble origins to the professorship of mathematics in the Military School in Paris, where in 1763 he invented a famous gun carriage for use in coastal artillery, though the invention was generally credited to Gribeauval... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 108958

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  26. Picture Ribbons.
    First edition of the author's book on chronophotography and proto-film reels. Charles Francis Jenkins (1867-1934) was a prolific inventor (over 400 patents were issued to his name) and an important pioneer of cinema and television. He devised a "motion picture projecting box", which, on 6 June 1894, became the first apparatus... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 102230

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  27. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen.
    A very interesting collection of rare pamphlets on road construction, including one unrecorded:
    a) LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen. Hanover 1869. 54 pp. including terminal advertisement leaf and folding map showing the road system linking the Elbe and Weser rivers. OCLC lists... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 96480

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  28. The Art of Computer Programming.

    The Art of Computer Programming.

    Reading, MA; Menlo Park, CA; London; Don Mills, Ontario: 1968

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the leaf facing the title page, "Best wishes! Don Knuth", and with the ownership inscription at the head of the title of the noted American mathematician Lynn Harold Loomis (1915-1994). Loomis was a professor at Harvard from 1949. Together with Hassler Whitney, he discovered... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 97990

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  29. When the Wheels Revolve.
    An attractively designed General Motors brochure which explains for a general readership how automobiles work, with numerous diagrams and illustrations. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 88968

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  30. Science economique des manufactures.
    First edition of Isoard's French translation of On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures - Babbage's most successful lifetime publication, selling 3,000 copies. Prompted by the demands for precision in the construction of his first calculating engine, Babbage had made a conscientious and detailed survey of factories... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 93461

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  31. History of the Old Trent Bridge,
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 60987

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  32. Lives of Boulton and Watt.
    £175

    Stock Code: 22525

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