London: Royal Society of London, 1859. Hardcover. First Edition. vi, , 16, -930 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound. Very Good.
The first printing of William Farr's (1807-1883) preliminary report describing the use of the Scheutz calculator to prepare life tables, published five years before his English Life Tables, representing the very earliest application of computers to medical statistics..
Also contains Arthur Cayley's "A Sixth Memoir Upon Quantics" (pp. 61-90) and John Gassiot's "On the Stratifications in Electrical Discharges, as Observed in Torricellian and other Vacua.- Second Communication" (pp. 137-160).