POSSELT, EMANUEL ANTHONY. 1858-1921.
The Jacquard Machine Analyzed and Explained: With an Appendix on the Preparation of Jacquard Cards.... Philadelphia: under the Auspices of the School [Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art], 1888.
4to. 127, [1 blank],  ad pp. Wood-engraved text illustrations; 2 folding plates. Original gilt-lettered cloth. Spotting to covers, spine sunned and corners worn, hinges cracked.
Provenance: George Moon, New Bedford, MA (ownership inscription dated Jan 1, 1888).
RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE MOST DETAILED BOOK ON THE JACQUARD LOOM. "This extensively illustrated work is the most detailed published account of the design and operation of the Jacquard loom, on which Jacquard himself appears to have never published any details" (OOC). The Jacquard loom was the first machine to use punched cards to control a sequence of operations, an important advance towards the development of computer programming. Babbage planned to use punched cards to store programs in his Analytical engine. Origins of Cyberspace 355.