Charles Babbage had long been exercised by the inaccuracies of mathematical tables and set out to design an 'analytical engine' for the mechanised production of such tables. By the time his Table of the logarithms of the natural numbers, from 1 to 108000, 'among the best ever made' (DSB), was first published in 1827, he had only developed a prototype of his engine, so composed these tables manually. The preface contains useful information about the layout and typography of mathematical tables, as well as a discussion of the best colour paper to use: the first edition was printed on yellow paper. This second edition corrects the errors found in the first.
The elaborate binding on this copy indicates that it may well have been intended for presentation.
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