Babbage evidently mis-inscribed his presentation upside down on the rear endpapers before repeating the inscription in the correct, intended position on the front endpaper. The work is dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy, following Babbage's visit to Rome in 1840 to present the drawings and explanation of the Analytical Engine. "To the King, your father, I am indebted for the first public and official acknowledgement of this invention. I am happy in thus expressing my deep sense of that obligation to his son, the Sovereign of united Italy, the country of Archimedes and Galileo" (Dedication).
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