Lot 106

Herschel (J. F. W.) & Babbage (Charles)

A Collection of Examples of the Applications of the Calculus of Finite Differences [bound with] Examples of the Solutions of Functional Equations, first English editions, small engraved folding plate inserted at rear, tear to first title, some spotting or foxing at extremities, brown buckram, spine gilt, yellow pastedowns and handpapers, hinges starting, spine severely damaged, corners rubbed, 8vo, Printed by J. Smith, Sold by J. Deighton & Sons, et al., 1820.
*** First English translation of Lacroix’s ‘Sur le calcul diffirentiel et intigral of 1802’. Herschel, Babbage and George Peacock formed a triumvirate of early 19th c. British mathematicians of uncommon ability. Herschel was elected to the Royal Society in 1813, Babbage followed 3 years later.

Estimate: £300-£400