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Müller, Johann Helfrich von (1746-1830)
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Müller, Johann Helfrich von (1746-1830)
BESCHREIBUNG SEINER NEU ERFUNDENEN RECHENMASCHINE, NACH IHRER GESTALT, IHREM GEBRAUCH UND NUTZEN… HERAUSGEGEBEN… VON PH. E. KLIPSTEIN. FRANKFURT AM MAIN: VARRENTRAPP AND WENNER, 1786, FOLDING ENGRAVED PLATE
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Lot. Vendu 20,000 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Müller, Johann Helfrich von (1746-1830)
BESCHREIBUNG SEINER NEU ERFUNDENEN RECHENMASCHINE, NACH IHRER GESTALT, IHREM GEBRAUCH UND NUTZEN… HERAUSGEGEBEN… VON PH. E. KLIPSTEIN. FRANKFURT AM MAIN: VARRENTRAPP AND WENNER, 1786, FOLDING ENGRAVED PLATE
Courrejolles, François-Gabriel. Corrections des moulins à sucre. [no place]: Imprimerie du Dr Caullet Deveaumorel, 1790, folding engraved plate
Fourcroy, Antoine-François, Louis-NicolasVauquelin (1755-1809) and Armand Séguin (1765-1835). Mémoire sur la combustion du gaz hydrogène dans les vaisseaux clos lu à l'Académie royale des Sciences, le 21 Mai 1790. [No place or date, 1790], PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM THE AUTHOR TO JAMES WATT
Séguin, Armand. Abrégé des principaux phénomènes qui dependent de l'action du calorique. [no place or publisher], 1790, PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM THE AUTHOR TO JAMES WATT, manuscript errata
Séguin, Armand. Observations générales sur les sensations, et particulièrement sur celles que nous nommons chaleur et froid. [no place or date], 1790, PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM THE AUTHOR TO JAMES WATT (cropped)
[Schwediauer, Franz Xaver]. Mémoire remis aux comités des monnoies et des finances de l'Assemblée nationale. [Paris: De l'Imprimerie de la Feuille du jour, 1790], [Goldsmiths' 14441]
Prévost, Pierre (1751-1839). Recherches physico-mécaniques sur la chaleur. Geneva: Printed for the author by Barde, Manget & Compagnie, 1792, folding engraved plate

7 works bound in one volume, 8vo (186 x 120mm.), manuscript contents leaf in the hand of James Watt, contemporary half calf over marbled boards, red morocco spine label (“Tracts Technical”)


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Provenance

James Watt (1736-1819), sale in these rooms, 20 March 2003, lot 115, £9,000, Erwin Tomash

Bibliographie

Tomash & Williams M145; Randell 1979 p.143; VD18 1250588

Description

The machine described in Müller’s tract is essentially a pre-Babbage difference engine. The present work is an instruction manual for the device by Klipstein with a section by Müller on ideas for other machines.

“Klipstein's book is quite rare, perhaps an indication that it was not widely circulated in his own day. It is notable, for example, that Charles Babbage (who had a collection of books on all aspects of calculation) was unaware of its existence until his friend John Herschel brought him a copy that he had found on a trip to the Continent. It would appear that no one answered Müller’s plea for financial support and that nothing came of this idea until Babbage independently thought of it about thirty-five years later” (Tomash and Williams).

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