17 November 2004
BABBAGE, Charles (1792-1871). Table of the Logarithms of the Natural Numbers from 1 to 108000. London: B. Fellowes, 1831.
8° (245 x 148mm). Printed on grey paper. Collation: [a8] b2 B-N8 O6. (Occasional ink splashes.) Contemporary maroon morocco (rebacked, inner hinges strengthened, extremities rubbed). PRESENTATION COPY, title inscribed: 'To the Equitable Life Insurance Society from the Author', with a tipped-in 1p. letter from Babbage, 8vo. with integral blank, undated to 'My dear Sir' [presumably Sir Charles Morgan (1760-1846), then President of the Society], stating: 'I was quite unaware that my little volume on life insurance had not been presenetd to the Equitable Society. Allow me to redeem this inattention by offering to the Directors two copies of a volume of logarithms ....' Second edition.
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