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Babbage, Charles, ESQRE A.M. / Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the University of Cambridge and Member of several Academies
On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures
Charles Knight, Pall Mall East, London, 1832. At xvi, 320 pp. followed by 2 pp. publisher's advertisements, this is the first edition of Babbage's classic treatise, the first known book of operations research, discussing topics including the regulation of power, control of raw materials, division of labor, time studies, the advantage of size in manufacturing, inventory control, and duration and replacement of machinery. On pp. 166-167 Babbage analyzes the production of this book as an example of the cost of each step in a particular production process. "The work was Babbage's most complete and professional piece of writing," going through four editions in his lifetime. Furthermore, while most copies (even of the expanded, later editions) now available have been rebound, this copy is in the original binding of purple cloth (showing a moire pattern, probably silk), and scarce thus, though faded to brown at the spine and along top of the rear board, where it appears to have been shelved next to a shorter volume. Purple library stamps of the Collegium Maximum Heythrop. to blank FFE and to engraved title page, only. No other library markings or attachments. Previous owner's name in period script to top of second blank. Light foxing to preliminaries. This volume complete with its original endpapers, which have not needed any repair. Small nick at front of spine; bottom board corners peeking through the cloth. The calculating engines of English mathematician Charles Babbage (1791-1871) are among the most celebrated icons in the prehistory of computing. Babbage's Difference Engine … [Click Below for Full Description]
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