London: Taylor & Walton, 1847. 8vo. [iii], xxviii, 124 pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher’s original blind-stamped cloth, title in gilt on spine, edges and corners a bit worn; first signature loose, otherwise a fine copy. Item #16988
First edition of one of the earliest, if not the first significant scientific bibliography. The author provides on a chronological basis in-depth descriptions of nearly five hundred works, each description annotated with specific details of the work's publication as well as the author and the book's importance. De Morgan also includes a list of over 1500 authors of books on mathematics as a partial index to the bibliography.
De Morgan (1806-1871) was a British mathematician and bibliographer whose main field was the study of logic. A founder of the London Mathematical Society and its first president, his pupils included Todhunter, Routh and Sylvester. In 1828, he became professor of mathematics at the University of London. There, through his works and pupils, he exercised a wide influence on mathematicians. Together with George Boole, De Morgan can be credited with stimulating the upsurge of interest in logic that took place in the mid-nineteenth century.