Herschel and Babbage on Calculus

    J[ohn] F[rederick] W[illiam] Herschel. A Collection of Examples of the Applications of the Calculus of Finite Differences. [Bound with:] Charles Babbage. Examples of the Solutions of Functional Equations. Cambridge: Printed by J. Smith, and Sold by J. Deighton & Sons, et al., 1820. First editions of these works. Octavo. [vi], 171, [1, blank], [iv], 42 pages. With small fold-out plate inserted after the Babbage title. Octavo. Publisher's Holland-backed blue paper boards, printed paper label on spine. Text untrimmed. Spine browned, soiled and worn, with some chips and tears, some rubbing to label, with minor text loss, joints with tears (yet binding still solid), some edgewear to boards, corners bumped, previous owner's ink signature on front board ("D Fenn/Queens Coll"). Hinges just barely starting some foxing. Still, a very good copy in the original boards.
    This is actually the first English translation of Lacroix' Sur le Calcul Diffirentiel et Intigral of 1802. It was translated by Herschel, Babbage, and George Peacock in an effort to gain acceptance of European mathematical notation in England - these works were instrumental in succeeding in that endeavor.

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