First American Edition of Charles Babbage's On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures
On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.
Item Number: 510033
Philadelphia: Carey and Lee, 1832.
First American edition of Babbage’s early influential work on operations research. Small octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with some light wear to the extremities and spine label, name to the title page. Scarce in the original cloth.
Babbage's On the Economy of Machinery and Manufacturers was the first book on operations research, discussing topics like the regulation of power, control of raw materials, division of labor, times studies, the advantage of size in manufacturing, inventory control, and duration and replacement of machinery. On pages 166 and 167 Babbage analyzed the production of his book as an example of the cost of each step in a particular production process. The work was Babbage’s most complete and professional piece of writing, and the only one of his books that went through four editions in his lifetime” (OOC).