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ERWIN TOMASH'S COPY

BINET, Alfred. Psychologie des grands calculateurs et joueurs d'echecs.

Paris. Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1894. First edition.
8vo. viii, 364, 8pp. With a terminal publisher's advertisement catalogue. Uncut in original publisher's printed wrappers. Housed in recent custom buckram clamshell case. Extremities rubbed and chipped, upper wrapper working-loose. Hinges naively reinforced with later cloth, book-label of Erwin Tomash to verso of upper wrapper, ink-stamp to half-title.
The first edition of influential French psychologist and sometime director of the Laboratory of Physiological Psychology in Paris Alfred Binet's (1857- 1911) examination of calculating prodigies, particularly Jacques Inaudi, a Piedmontese rustic who progressed to giving stage performances of his skill, and nineteenth-century Parisian blindfold chess players, whom he invited to his laboratory in order to analyse their methods.

From the recently dispersed library of Erwin Tomash (1921-2012), American engineer recognised for his early pioneering work with computer equipment peripherals. His library consisted of over 3,000 books and manuscripts relevant to the history of computation, from medieval and renaissance works on arithmetic, finger-reckoning and the abacus, to the birth in the twentieth century of theoretical and practical computer science under Alan Turing.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 22551