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Babbage, Charles (1791-1871)
OBSERVATIONS ON THE TEMPLE OF SERAPIS AT POZZUOLI NEAR NAPLES, WITH AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE CAUSES OF THE FREQUENT ELEVATION AND DEPRESSION OF LARGE PORTIONS OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE IN REMOTE PERIODS, AND TO PROVE THAT THOSE CAUSES CONTINUE IN ACTION AT THE PRESENT TIME. WITH A SUPPLEMENT. CONJECTURES ON THE PHYSICAL CONDITION OF THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. LONDON: PRIVATELY PRINTED [BY RICHARD AND JOHN TAYLOR FOR THE AUTHOR], 1847
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Babbage, Charles (1791-1871)
OBSERVATIONS ON THE TEMPLE OF SERAPIS AT POZZUOLI NEAR NAPLES, WITH AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE CAUSES OF THE FREQUENT ELEVATION AND DEPRESSION OF LARGE PORTIONS OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE IN REMOTE PERIODS, AND TO PROVE THAT THOSE CAUSES CONTINUE IN ACTION AT THE PRESENT TIME. WITH A SUPPLEMENT. CONJECTURES ON THE PHYSICAL CONDITION OF THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. LONDON: PRIVATELY PRINTED [BY RICHARD AND JOHN TAYLOR FOR THE AUTHOR], 1847
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Babbage, Charles (1791-1871)
OBSERVATIONS ON THE TEMPLE OF SERAPIS AT POZZUOLI NEAR NAPLES, WITH AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE CAUSES OF THE FREQUENT ELEVATION AND DEPRESSION OF LARGE PORTIONS OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE IN REMOTE PERIODS, AND TO PROVE THAT THOSE CAUSES CONTINUE IN ACTION AT THE PRESENT TIME. WITH A SUPPLEMENT. CONJECTURES ON THE PHYSICAL CONDITION OF THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. LONDON: PRIVATELY PRINTED [BY RICHARD AND JOHN TAYLOR FOR THE AUTHOR], 1847
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Babbage to the geologist Angelo Sismonda (1807-1878): "To Professor Sismonden from the Author", 8vo (222 x 135mm.), 2 double-page lithographed plates, one hand-coloured, 4pp. advertisements at end, original red cloth gilt
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Provenance

Professor Angelo Sismonda, presentation inscription; bought from Jonathan Hill, New York, 1985

Literature

Tomash & Williams B48; Origins of Cyberspace 63; Van Sinderen 57

Catalogue Note

In the autumn of 1840, Babbage travelled to Turin, where he presented drawings and a wood model of his analytical engine before the Accademia della Scienze di Torino. His election on 10 January 1841 as a “socio corrispondente” was supported by his host, the mathematician Giovanni Plana, the geologist Sismonda, and Luigi Federico Menabrea. Correspondence between Babbage and Sismonda survives in the Academy’s archives and also in the British Library (Add Ms 37191).

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