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740
Babbage, Charles (1791-1871)
THE EXPOSITION OF 1851; OR, VIEWS OF THE INDUSTRY, THE SCIENCE, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ENGLAND. LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, 1851
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740
Babbage, Charles (1791-1871)
THE EXPOSITION OF 1851; OR, VIEWS OF THE INDUSTRY, THE SCIENCE, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ENGLAND. LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, 1851
Estimate
1,0001,500
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Babbage, Charles (1791-1871)
THE EXPOSITION OF 1851; OR, VIEWS OF THE INDUSTRY, THE SCIENCE, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ENGLAND. LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, 1851
FIRST EDITION, 8vo (225 x 136mm.), half-title, original green cloth gilt, green cloth chemise and slipcase, spine rather faded
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Provenance

Gainsborough Stock Library, printed label and stamp on title; bought from Pickering & Chatto, London, 1985

Literature

Tomash & Williams B24; Norman 95; Origins of Cyberspace 67; Randell 1979 p.108; Van Sinderen 61

Catalogue Note

"Babbage had been proposed to head the Industrial Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851, but was rejected because of his early radicalism and his conflicts with the government over the Difference Engine. Resentful over his treatment, Babbage decided to publish a book on the Exhibition to set before the public the ideas that he otherwise would have presented to the Exhibition's governing committees. Babbage's Difference Engine, although certainly one of the engineering marvels of the nineteenth century, was not included in the Exhibition" (Norman).

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