(COMPUTERS.) ECKERT, MAUCHLY, GOLDSTINE, & BRAINERD
Description of the ENIAC and Comments on Electronic Digital Computing Machines. N.p.: Applied Mathematics Panel, National Defense Research Committee, November 30, 1945
FIRST EDITION of the rare internal first report on the operational ENIAC, “the world’s first large-scale electronic general-purpose digital computer.” This is copy number 191, marked “Restricted.” Inscribed and signed by Herman H. Goldstine, co-author and one of the project founders.
“Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours. This right flows from the very nature of man.”GODWIN, WILLIAM
Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its influence on General Virtue and Happiness. London: Robinson, 1793
FIRST EDITION. In Political Justice, his most famous work, Godwin responds to Burke’s attacks on the French Revolution and Thomas Paine. He applies the principles of the Revolution to inquire into the philosophical basis of government. Believing that political and social institutions are tyrannical and corrupt, Godwin calls for reason to guide human affairs and advocates individual liberty.
“The greatest single contribution to logic that has appeared in the two thousand years since Aristotle” – DSB on Principia MathematicaWHITEHEAD, ALFRED NORTH & BERTRAND RUSSELL
Principia Mathematica. Cambridge: University Press, 1910, 1927
FIRST EDITION of vol. 1, second editions of vols. 2-3, in the rare dust jackets.
One of the most ambitious undertakings in the history of science, this work uses a complex new symbolic system in an attempt to prove the logical basis of mathematics from a small set of axioms and the principles of logic. The Principia Mathematica is “the greatest single contribution to logic that has appeared in the two thousand years since Aristotle” (DSB).
KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD
General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936
FIRST EDITION of this classic of modern economics, “on which his fame as the outstanding economist of his generation must rest” (DNB). World-wide depression induced Keynes to re-examine classical approaches to economics. Urging the use of a national budget as a principal instrument of the planning of the national economy, Keynes placed responsibility for regulation of the economy squarely in the hands of the government.
STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, life among the lowly. Boston: Jewett, 1852
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. “These books are of such paramount historical importance that it is difficult to evaluate them as literature” (Merle Johnson). “Three thousand copies were sold on the day of publication, and before its first anniversary, over 300,000 copies were sold in America … More than twenty London editions appeared in 1852, so the English audience must have been as large as the American. No other American novel has been translated into so many foreign languages” (Grolier/American).
(SUN TZU.) AMIOT, JOSEPH MARIE
The Art of War [in] Art Militaire des Chinois, ou recueil d’anciens traités sur la guerre. Paris: Didot, 1772
FIRST EDITION in a western language of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, the earliest and most famous treatise on warfare. “For the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name” (Sawyer, The Seven Military Classics).