Lithographed Signatures of the Members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Who Met at Cambridge, June M.DCCC.XXXIII. With a Report of the Proceedings at the Public Meetings During the Week; and an alphabetical list of the members.

Cambridge: Printed at the Pitt Press, by John Smith, 1833. First edition of a scarce collection of scientific signatures. Includes lithographed signatures of Charles Babbage, George Bentham, David Brewster, Michael Faraday, Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Peter Mark Roget, William Whewell, and many others. Bound in are eight letters from Lord Derby (probably Edward Stanley, twelfth Earl of Derby, who introduced the English Derby at Epsom Downs) to George Lloyd (one of the members of the Association), and one letter from William Butterworth Bayley (1744-1802, who introduced many improvements in prison construction, sanitation and agricultural methods) to George Lloyd. Also bound in are five leaves of lithographed signatures, with an ink notation on the first page: “autographs of some of Sir John Sinclair’s correspondence.” Sinclair (1754-1835) was President of the Board of Agriculture from 1793-8 and from 1806-13. Binding extremities rubbed, former owner’s ink signature (“Susanna Georgiana Lloyd”) on front pastedown. A very good copy. Half contemporary brown calf over marbled boards, gilt spine, marbled edges. Quarto. [2], [iv] pp.; 61 leaves (Item ID: 7817)


Charles Babbage’s book, The Decline of Science in England, appeared in 1830. Partly as a result of the reaction to this book, Babbage and others founded the British Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 1831. The statistical section of the association was instituted at the Cambridge meeting in 1833. The Statistical Society of London was them instituted in 1834.

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