On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. Charles BABBAGE.
On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.
On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.
On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.

On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.

London: Charles Knight, 1832.

Small octavo, engraved title-page, original maroon cloth.

Babbage's most successful work

Second edition of Charles Babbage's most successful work: there were four editions between 1832 and 1835 and the book was translated into at least six European languages. Babbage wrote this at the time he was working on his famous calculating machine, his first forerunner of the modern computer; his study was based on a conscientious and detailed survey of factories and workshops, both in England and on the continent. In his preface he acknowledges that the book is a direct consequence of his research and the many hours spent visiting places of manufacture in connection with the development of the calculating machine.

Second edition of Charles Babbage's most successful work: there were four editions between 1832 and 1835 and the book was translated into at least six European languages. Babbage wrote this at the time he was working on his famous calculating machine, his first forerunner of the modern computer; his study was based on a conscientious and detailed survey of factories and workshops, both in England and on the continent. In his preface he acknowledges that the book is a direct consequence of his research and the many hours spent visiting places of manufacture in connection with the development of the calculating machine.
Babbage's work reflects his broader preoccupations with scientific and industrial life, political economy, and philosophy, which is perhaps why is was so successful with the general reading public. He advocated the decimalization of currency, foresaw the role of tidal power as an energy source, and predicted the exhaustion of coal reserves, later commenting that if posterity failed to find a substitute for coal then it deserved to be frostbitten. This small volume was a turning point in economic writing and firmly established Babbage as a leading authority of the industrial movement.
Various handwritten notes on inside page pertaining to the rarity of the book and a private lending label adhered to front laid-down endpaper.

Price (AUD): $1,750.00  other currencies     Ref: #4107488

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