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Record 6333

Reading Experience:

" ... when he (and all other readers) had failed to decipher the shorthand of [John] Flamsteed's most informed correspondent, Abraham Sharp, [Francis] Baily turned to Charles Babbage ... Babbage agreed to assist, and eventually succeeded in decoding Sharp's text."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1830 and 31 Dec 1839
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Charles Babbage
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 26 Dec 1791
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Scientist/Mathematician
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Abraham Sharp
Title: shorthand writings
Genre: Science
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6333  
Source - Print  
  Author: Adrian Johns
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making
  Place of Publication: Chicago
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: n/a
  Page: n/a
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (Chicago, 1998),, accessed: 21 March 2023

Additional comments:



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