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Charles Babbage's Library: the First Catalogue of a Library on Computing and its History

Charles Babbage   1860

Charles Babbage, photo taken in 1860.

In 1872, the year after his death, Charles Babbage’s scientific library was sold at auction. The auction catalogue, containing over two thousand items on topics such as mathematical tables, cryptography, and calculating machines, and including many rare volumes, may be the first catalogue of a library on computing and its history.

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