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BABBAGE, Charles. Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on some of its Causes.
London : 1830First octavo edition, in the original boards, of the author's scathing and sensational critique of the English scientific establishment; presentation copy to a Continental colleague, inscribed by Babbage on the front free endpaper "To M. Nicollet from the Author". Joseph Nicolas Nicollet is a fitting recipient, as a member of the Bureau des longitudes,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131351
BABBAGE, Charles. On currency, on a new system of manufacturing and on the effect of machinery on human labour.
London : 1833First separate edition. On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures was first published in 1832, and second and third editions soon followed that same year. This pamphlet comprises three additional chapters by Babbage that examine questions of political economy and which were newly included in the third edition. To make the text available to owners... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 129725
BABBAGE, Charles. Science economique des manufactures.
Paris : 1834First 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 and workshops both in England... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 93461
BASHE, Charles, Lyle R. Johnson, John H. Palmer, & Emerson W. Pugh. IBM's Early Computers;
Cambridge, MA : 1986First 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 in the 1920s to its status... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 118806
BERKELEY, Edmund C. Symbolic Logic and Intelligent Machines.
New York : 1959First edition, first printing, of this comprehensive survey of Boolean logic and symbolic logic, and their applications to computer design and programming. American computer scientist Edmund Callis Berkeley (1909-1988) was a member of Howard H. Aiken's Harvard Mark II team, a co-founder of the Association for Computing Machinery, and the author of the... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 137076
BERTHELOT, Claude-François. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;
Paris : 1782First 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 who was largely responsible... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 108958
BLETCHLEY PARK - NEWMAN, Max. Two letters bracketing Newman's career at Bletchley.
1942-6A highly evocative pair of letters to Max Newman, the first relating to his recruitment to the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, the second to the conclusion of his wartime work there. Maxwell Herman Alexander "Max" Newman (1897-1984) was one of the most significant British mathematicians of his generation and a leading pioneer in... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145466
BOWDEN, B. V. (ed.) Faster Than Thought.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, of "the most widely read early English introduction to electronic computing" (Origins of Cyberspace), a collection of 24 essays by leading experts in the field, including a chapter on computer chess that was one of Alan Turing's final published pieces. The author, Bertram Vivian Bowden (1910-1989) was educated as a physicist... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 118824
BUTLER, Herbert J. Motor Bodywork; the Design and Construction of Private, Commercial and Passenger Types.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, of the most comprehensive contemporary book on the subject, with a preface by Sir Herbert Austin. The 30 chapters cover open bodies, racing and sporting bodies, cape hoods, closed bodies, bodies with folding heads, shooting and luggage breaks and protected phaetons, seat fittings, windscreens, private bodywork, materials,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 122003
CARBURI, Marin. Monument élevé a la gloire de Pierre-Le-Grand,
Paris : 1777First edition of this account of this remarkable feat of engineering. Charged with designing the bronze equestrian statue of the Russian emperor Peter the Great that remains a celebrated landmark of St Petersburg, the French sculptor Etienne Falconet decided that the traditional pedestal for equestrian statues would be too mundane. Only a massive rock... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 115583
CHALKLEY, A. P. Diesel Engines for Land and Marine Work.
London : 1915Fourth edition, first impression. This revised and enlarged edition of A. P. Chalkley's work was in fact the second complete revision since its first publication in 1911, made necessary by "the rapid strides that were made in design and construction of the Diesel engine, more particularly for marine work".
Stock Code: 124044
CLAVIUS, Christopher. Gnomonices libri octo, in quibus non solum horologiorum solarium, sed aliarum quoque rerum.
Rome : 1581First edition of this "substantial work which summarises all that was known about sundials at the time. It formed the foundation used by all makers of sundials until well into the 17th century" (Tomash & Williams). The annotations to this copy, in a pleasing contemporary vellum binding, offer a particularly nice example of early scholarship on the subject.
Often... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 142710
COMPUTING - TOMASH, Erwin, & Michael R. Williams. The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing: An Annotated and Illustrated Catalog.
[Novato, California] : 2009An alphabetical catalogue of more than 3,000 documents relevant to the history of computation, from Bruno Abdank-Abakanowicz's Les intégraphes (1886) to the German computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's description of the various Zuse computers (1950). "Computation" is broadly defined and includes logic, mathematical methods, tables, logarithms, trigonometry,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135329
COMPUTING. Two pieces of the Whirlwind Computer.
[1940s-50s]Two limited edition paperweights, each with a unique piece of the Whirlwind I, the first large-scale digital computer able to operate in real-time, embedded within them. The importance of the experimental 'one-of-a-kind' Whirlwind computer to the development of technology cannot be overstated: it was the first to use magnetic core memory; the first... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 128889
DICKSON, Adam. A Treatise of Agriculture.
Edinburgh : 1762First edition. Adam Dickson (1721-1776), a Scottish clergyman, observed that much of the literature on agriculture was based on English farming, and took no account of Scotland's different soil and climate. His Treatise was highly popular with Scottish farmers, going through six editions in the 18th century, with a second volume being added in 1769.... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 124180
DRU, Léon & Saint-Just, & Louis-Georges Mulot. [Patch label on front cover:] Matériels & Outils de Sondages pour les mines & les colonies (Materials and Survey Tools for Mines and Colonies).
Paris : [c.1890]A handsomely presented and apparently unique album of 21 striking original albumen prints showing test rigs and drilling machinery, largely for use in artesian exploration, assembled for one of the leading French engineering concerns of the period, Mulot & Dru, described by a contemporary as "acknowledged in France to be masters of the art of boring"... Learn More£12,750.00
Stock Code: 123046
DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,
Madrid : 1751First edition in Spanish of the first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise on agriculture, which had been 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£675.00
Stock Code: 129087
DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
London : 1759First 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 of Duhamel du Monceau. The... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 114569
EYRE, John. The Exact Surveyor:
London : 1654First and sole edition, first issue (with the author's initial only given on the title page) of this scarce surveying manual, an online search of institutional libraries records just 12 locations, and only a single complete copy shows at auction since the celebrated C. E. Kenney sales of 1965-8 (the Macclesfield copy, in later boards, Sotheby's 2004).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145024
FARMAN, D. Auto-Cars.
London : 1896First edition in English, first published in France in the same year. This expansive work was written by Richard 'Dick' Farman, the eldest of the three Farman brothers who ran the Anglo-French Farman motoring company. The company, which produced both aircraft and cars, presented its first motor car at the Salon de l'Automobile in Paris in October 1919,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 130940
FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Œuvres.
Paris : 1773First 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 France, Barbeu-Dubourg was also... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 98387
GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
Liège : 1760Second 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 Belgium "at the start of his... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 113696
GODDARD, Robert H. Rockets.
New York : 1946First edition, first printing, of this posthumously printed collection of Goddard's famous papers on rocketry; "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes" and "Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development", first published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1919 and 1936 respectively. This work also contains a new foreword by Goddard, the father of modern rocket... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 130701
GOLDSTINE, Herman & Adele. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).
Washington, D.C. : July 1946First edition of "the first detailed description of ENIAC to be widely published. The article contains a general description of ENIAC and of how programs were set up on it" (Origins of Cyberspace). The article was published as part of the second volume of Mathematical Tables and Other Aids to Computation, the first journal devoted to computing. With... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143956
GREAT EXHIBITION. Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, 1851.
London : 1852Presentation edition, with a copy presented to every exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851; trade editions were also produced. The book is a key contemporary document for the Exhibition, giving the jury awards and details of the thirty categories of exhibit, and was selected in Printing and the Mind of Man as the representative book for the Exhibition.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 131571
GREAT EXHIBITION. Notes and Sketches of Lessons on Subjects Connected with the Great Exhibition.
London : 1852First 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 WorldCat listing six copies. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 129740
HALE, Thomas. A Compleat Body of Husbandry.
London : 1756First edition, issued in 61 numbers from 28 June 1755 to 21 August 1756. In size and scope perhaps the most ambitious guide to farming of the 18th century, Hale's posthumous book, gathered from his papers, was quickly followed by a Dublin edition the following year and a three-volume second edition the year afterwards. It provides a valuable snapshot... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 125479
HARTREE, Douglas R. Calculating Instruments and Machines.
Urbana : 1949First edition, first printing, of Hartree's survey of analogue and digital machines, now considered a pioneering work of computing. Intended as a general introduction illustrated by Hartree's personal experiences working with ENIAC and the Harvard Mark I, the book's contents were originally delivered as a lecture series at the University of Illinois... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 143694
HARTREE, Douglas R. Calculating Instruments and Machines.
Urbana : 1949First edition, first printing, presentation copy, albeit uninscribed, with the loosely inserted slip of "the Compliments of the Author", of Hartree's survey of analogue and digital machines, now considered a pioneering work of computing.
Intended as a general introduction illustrated by Hartree's personal experiences working with ENIAC and the... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139615
HAUTEFEUILLE, Jean de. Recueil des ouvrages de M. de Haute-Feuille. Contenant plusieurs Decouvertes & Inventions nouvelles dans la Physique & dans les Mechaniques.
Paris : 1694First collected edition of Hautefeuille's works, with some additional pamphlets bound in. The note at the front of the book reads as follows: "Mr Jean de Hautefeuille auteur de ce Recueil, ecclesiastique du Diocese d'Orleans, de l'Academie des Sciences, Belles Lettres, et arts de Bordeaux, Pensionnaire du Roy Louis XIV et Louis XV est mort le mercredi... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 133476
HERZOG, Asa S., & A. J. Ezickson. Camera, Take the Stand!
New York : 1940First 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 in fighting the criminal" (Preface).... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 116419
JENKINS, Charles Francis. Picture Ribbons.
Washington DC : 1897First 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 to project a film in front... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 102230
LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm; Christian Petrlik; J. C. Leuchs; L. Meyn. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen.
Hanover : 1869A 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. WorldCat lists 7 copies (none in... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 96480
LAURENCE, Edward. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.
London : 1727First edition. A major work on rural estate management by the Northamptonshire land surveyor Edward Laurence (1634-1739), renowned in his day for his knowledge of agriculture and for the manuscript maps he produced for landowners. The present work proposes modernisation, including cultivating new crops and enclosing small farms into larger farms. Laurence... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 124698
LONGRIDGE, Cecil Clement, Capt. Hydraulic Mining.
London : 1902"Third edition - revised and enlarged", first published 1899. Attractively produced, professional guide to the techniques of hydraulic mining. Longridge was educated at Radley and RMA, Woolwich. Commissioned into the Royal Artillery, he rose to become Chief Instructor at the Royal Military College, Bangkok. In 1890 he was appointed managing director... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 127563
LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles Telephone Book.
Los Angeles : 13 April 1882The first telephone directory for Los Angeles, listing 90 subscribers with their own phones and numbers, and instructions on making calls to the central office. This is a delicate and rare piece of Californiana, tracking the expansion of critical technology through a state that would become an innovation leader. There are only two appearances in the... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 141446
MACKWORTH, Humphry. The case of Sir Humphry Mackworth,
London : 1705First edition. Sir Humphry Mackworth (16571727) was a major player in the Welsh mining industry in the latter 17th century, "bringing forward major employment, transportation, and technological innovations, and transforming the Welsh industrial scene" (ODNB). In 1698 he became deputy governor of the Company of Mine Adventurers. Mackworth attracted... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132494
MALEY, Gerald A., & Edward J. Skiko. Modern Digital Computers.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey : 1964First edition, first impression, of this introductory text to the field of digital computers, "organized to give the computer designer valuable insight into the techniques of programming and a comprehension of computer design to the programmer" (dust jacket). Maley and Skiko, both employees at IBM, examine the IBM 7000 series of computers as their working... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 123578
MEIL, Johann Wilhelm. Spectaculum Naturae & Artium,
Berlin : 1761 & 1765First edition of both volumes of this rare polyglot pictorial encyclopaedia of trades, technology, crafts, and nature, with the text in four columns in German, Latin, French and Italian. The attractive illustrations cover beekeeping, printing, engraving, bricklaying and other trades, as well as scientific and military equipment. The work was aimed at... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 129021
MOON, William. Wide Line Reader. Prayers and Promises.
London : [c.1920s]An appealing example of a book employing William Moon's system of type, in which the letters of the alphabet are reduced to their simplest unique elements and then embossed on paper for touch-reading. Moon had contracted smallpox at the age of 4 and lost the sight in one eye, retaining some vestigial vision in the other. In 1840, aged 22, despite several... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 130011
NERI, Antonio. L'arte vetraria distinta in libri sette,
Florence : 1661Second edition, following the Giunti edition of 1612, of the first published textbook of glassmaking. One special appeal of Neri's book was that it revealed the carefully guarded secrets of Venetian glassmakers, which the author had pieced together from working alongside Venetian craftsmen who had relocated to Pisa and Antwerp. "L'arte belongs to the... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 119789
NEWELL, Homer E. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
New York, Toronto, London : 1958First 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 who became a powerful US government... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 114393
PARETO, Raffaele. Del mal uso che si fa delle medie nelle scienze fisiche e sociali:
Modena : 1869First 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 movement for Italian unification... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 114087
PEPPER, John Henry, "Professor". The True History of the Ghost;
London : 1890First and only contemporary edition, inscribed by the author on the title, "Mr. John Bailey, July 25 1893, With the Author's kind regards, J. H. Pepper". The work gives his exposition of the famous stage illusion that came to be known as "Pepper's Ghost", in which a spectral image of an actor was projected before the audience.
Pepper (1821-1900)... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 133346
ROBINSON, W. Heath. The Making of Asbestos-Cement Roofings.
No Place : [c.1930]Rare first edition, first impression, of one of Robinson's commercial work, this one on asbestos, from its extraction to its transformation into roofing tiles, featuring some of the gadgets and contraptions for which he was to become famous. "Mr. W. Heath Robinson, the well-known artist, recently visited the works at Trafford Park, Manchester, and in... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 140698
ROYAL BATH AND WEST OF ENGLAND SOCIETY. Letters and Papers on Agriculture, Planting, &c.
Bath : 1780First 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 bookplate to the front pastedown.... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 114554
SHOCKLEY, William. Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors.
New York : 1950First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Thornton Read: As an introduction to germanium research. Bill Shockley. Dec '50". The recipient Thornton Read was an American physicist who with Charles Frank formulated what came to be known as the Frank-Read mechanism for generating dislocations... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132838
SINGER, Charles, and others. A History of Technology.
Oxford : 1956-58A very handsomely bound copy of this monumental history of technology, "the first major work in English to embrace the whole subject from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century" (ODNB). The set comprises mixed editions: first editions, first impressions, of volumes III, IV and V; second impression of vol. II; third impression of vol.... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 148169
SLIGHT, Julian. A Narrative of the Loss of the Royal George, at Spithead, August, 1782;
Portsea : 1841One of numerous editions, following the first of 1840, of this popular souvenir bound in timber salvaged from the wreck. Desperately fragile, and consequently uncommon, BL only for this edition. While undergoing repairs off Spithead in 1782 the Royal George sank with the loss of 800 lives. As she became an obstruction to the anchorage, Sir Charles Pasley,... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 141452
SMEE, Alfred. The Process of Thought adapted to Words and Language.
London : 1851First edition. In this work Smee (1818-1877) considers the implications of whether difference engines, as invented by Babbage, can be considered to be thinking; as such, the work ranks as among the earliest treatises on artificial intelligence. "In his Process of Thought, Smee was the first to suggest the possibility of information storage and retrieval... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140601
TOMPKINS, Charles Brown - ENGINEERING RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC. High-Speed Computing Devices.
New York : 1950First 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 of numerical analysis and... Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 118811
TOMPKINS, Charles Brown. High-Speed Computing Devices.
New York : 1950First 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 of numerical analysis and... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 132836
VAN DER HORST, Tileman, & Jacob Polley (part II). Theatrum Machinarum Universale;
Amsterdam : 1757 [part II dated 1737]A handsome publication illustrating the technology behind the Dutch waterways, their canals, windmills, bridges and boats. The first part was first issued in 1736, the second in 1737, here a secondary issue with a title page of 1757 (the second part keeping a date of 1737), presented in the original trade binding of quarter sheep. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143528
VOLVELLES. 40 Wonders of the World; 40 Inventions of the World.
New York : 1931First edition, thus, of this scarce and delightful double volvelle tracing the great inventions and wonders of the world. On the Inventions side the die-cut images each reveal the general use of the invention, where invented, when invented, name of the inventor, dates, and birthplace. The inventions include the telegraph, x-rays, lightning rod, rigid... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 122226
WATERMELONS IN UZBEKISTAN. 60 Velikogo Oktyarya (60 Years of the Great October.)
Tashkent : 1977First 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 of melon cultivation were... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 120082