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Babbage, Charles (1791-1871), Great Exhibition and Greenwich Royal Observatory
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Babbage, Charles (1791-1871), Great Exhibition and Greenwich Royal Observatory
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Babbage, Charles (1791-1871), Great Exhibition and Greenwich Royal Observatory
A COLLECTION OF 2 VOLUMES, COMPRISING:
i. [The Art Journal]. The Industry of all nations… illustrated catalogue. London: Virtue, [1851], FIRST EDITION, 4to, numerous illustrations, original pictorial cloth gilt, gilt edges, [T&W B66], some damp-staining, slight splitting at gutter, binding worn and soiled
ii. Sheepshanks, Richard (1794-1855). A letter to the board of visitors of the Greenwich Royal Observatory in reply to the calumnies of Mr Babbage… London: Barclay, 1860, FIRST EDITION, 8vo, frontispiece portrait, presentation copy inscribed by the editor (“Isaac Fletcher | from | Miss Sheepshanks | August 1864.”) on verso of front free endpaper, original morocco, top edge gilt, [T&W S105; Origins of Cyberspace 80], some browning and spotting, binding worn
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Provenance

Isaac Fletcher (1827-1879), Member of the Royal Astronomical Society; bought from Jeremy Norman, San Francisco, 1994

Description

Two volumes connected by Babbage’s disappointments. In 1851 his Difference Engine was excluded from the 1851 Great Exhibition and he was, additionally, not asked to play a significant role in the organisation of the event.

Babbage felt that Richard Sheepshanks, Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, was partially responsible for difficulty in obtaining government finding for his Difference Machine. After Sheepshanks’s death, his sister Anne (1789-1876) reprinted or reissued a number of his tracts, of which six are placed in this volume. Among them are "A reply to Mr. Babbage’s letter to The Times" and "On the planet Neptune and the Royal Astronomical Society’s medal" [Origins of Cyberspace 64].

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