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Frieze Masters 2018 | The Machine and the Cloud

Peter Harrington is pleased to present our exhibition for Frieze 2018, The Machine and the Cloud.

The invention of printing by movable type in the mid-fifteenth century changed human culture. What had previously been held in the nebulous collective memory of oral and scribal culture took shape on the page by mechanical means. Since then, mechanization has transformed every aspect of our lives. With our data now migrating to the cloud, our exhibit explores some of the key milestones on this long journey.

From Gutenberg to Google, from Acts to Apple, we travel from a leaf of the first printed book, to a brochure for the most iconic of personal computers. Along the way we encounter books showing mechanical marvels both real and imaginary. We see battles between man and machine. We trace the impact of mechanization on thought, politics and art. We uncover harbingers in print of the coming computer age.

We are immensely grateful to Sir Norman Rosenthal, who conceived and curated this exhibition.

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  1. 46965
    First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. Never fully translated into English, an "abridgement," actually a full translation of the final volume, the General Conclusions, was published in 1899 with an introduction by W. T. Stead under the title... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 46965

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  2. 124278
    First edition, first impression, the scarce cloth issue in an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket illustrated by Willy Reimann. Based on the original screenplay written by German director Fritz Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou in 1924, this novelization was published before the release of the film version on 10... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 124278

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  3. 74487comp
    First edition. Large paper presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front blank, "To Mr. Bartholemew sic with Mr Babbages Compliments". Large paper copies such as this (measuring over 180 mm in height) were produced especially for presentation and are scarce, with Babbage himself referring to "a few in the hands... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 74487

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  4. 90437
    As..."> First edition of the report of an investigation carried out in Germany during summer 1945, which included visits to A. Walther at the IPM, Darmstadt, and to the University of Göttingen. Page 63 gives a brief account of "Ing. Zuse's calculating machines", written before direct contact had been established with him.
    As... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 90437

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  5. 41729comp
    First edition of a fundamental book in the history both of technology and of book design, and "one of the most elegantly produced of all technological treatises" (Norman). The scientific import of Ramelli's work resides in his demonstration of "the unlimited possibilities of machines. For example, the dozens of water-powered... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 41729

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  6. 63951comp
    First edition of the first book in English on a mechanical calculating machine, and the first separate work on the subject since Napier's Rabdologiae (1617). Nothing more of any significance was published in English on calculating machines until Babbage in the 19th century.
    Morland (1625-1695) was at Magdalene College,... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 63951

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  7. 116066
    First printing of the celebrated Ibarra edition. Printed for La Real Academia Española (the Spanish Royal Academy) by Joaquín Ibarra y Marín, this edition was intended to be a supreme example of Spanish craftsmanship lavished on the nation's greatest literary work. This edition excels in beauty of type, design, paper,... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 116066

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  8. 80925
    First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or,... Learn More
    £45,000

    Stock Code: 80925

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  9. 108979comp
    First edition, first printing, large paper issue, one of 150 copies on verge d'Arches, this copy number 136, one of three copies of this issue recorded in Sylvia Beach's notebook as sent to James Whitall on 28 March 1922; this copy additionally signed and dated by Joyce on the half-title, "James Joyce, Paris, 27.vi.1929".... Learn More
    £87,500

    Stock Code: 108979

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