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Passages From The Life Of A Philosopher. By Charles Babbage, Esq., M.A., F.R.S., F.R.S.E., F. Stat. S., Hon. M.R.I.A., M.C.P.S., Commander Of The Italian Order Of St. Maurice And St. Lazarus, Inst. Imp. (Acad. Moral.) Paris Corr., Acad. Amer. Art. Et Sc. Boston, Reg. Œcon. Boruss., Phys. Hist. Nat. Genev., Acad. Reg. Monac., Hafn., Massil., Et Divion., Socius, Acad. Imp. Et Reg. Petrop., Neap., Brux., Patav., Georg. Floren, Lyncei Rom., Mut., Philomath. Paris, Soc. Corr., Etc.

Charles Babbage

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green., 1864. [The right of Translation is reserved.]

Physical Description

xii, 496 p., frontis.; 227 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - [Text] - List Of Mr. Babbage's Printed Papers.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as drawn by B.H. Babbage.

The work is dedicated by Charles Babbage to Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy.


D. Swade, The cog-wheel brain: Charles Babbage and the quest to build the first computer (2000).

Summary Note

The frontispiece is captioned, and shows 'Impression from a woodcut of a small portion of Mr. Babbage's Difference Engine No.1, the property of Government, at present deposited in the Museum at South Kensington ...'.


A new edition, with an introduction by M. Campbell-Kelly, was published in 1994.

Copy Note

The half-title is inscribed in ink, 'To the Library of The Royal Academy From the Author'.

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth, spine lettered 'Passages From The Life Of A Philosopher By C. Babbage, M.A.'

Name as Subject


Mathematicians - Computer scientists - Computers - Machines - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Biography - Memoirs - Great Britain - 19th century