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Purpose of this page:
  1. Provide individual book information of REPRINT SERIES FOR THE HISTORY OF COMPUTING.
  2. Provide "current" availability of books in this series.
  3. Provide update about M.I.T. Press's Print on-demand program.

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Much of the historical work in the rapidly changing information processing field depends on the use of difficult-to-obtain monographs, conference proceedings, manuals, government reports, and books issued in very small circulation numbers. The Reprint series, available through CBI and the MIT Press, brings these works into wider circulation. Each of the books in the series is hardbound and printed on acid-free paper.

Ordering reprints

Volumes in the reprint series for the history of computing:

  1. The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer by Maurice Wilkes, David Wheeler, and Stanley Gill;(1951); New introduction by Martin Campbell-Kelly; 6"x9";198 pp.; illus; biblio; bios; index; ISBN 0-262-23118-2, $35.00 (vol.1)
    Listed as "OUT OF PRINT" at MIT Press April 22, 2003

  2. Babbage's Calculating Engines by H. P. Babbage (1889). New introduction by Allan G. Bromley; 8-1/2"x11"; 294pp.; illus; notes; biblio; ISBN 0-263-02200-1; $45.00 (vol.2)

  3. Handbook of the Napier Tercentenary Celebration or Modern Instruments and Methods of Calculation edited by E. M.Horsburgh; (1914); New introduction by M. R. Williams; 8-1/2"x11"; 384 pp.; illus; notes; ISBN 0-262-08141-5; $45.00 (vol. 3)

  4. High Speed Computing Devices by the Staff of Engineering Research Associates; (1950); New introduction by Arnold A.Cohen; 6"x9"; 493 pp.; illus; biblio; bios; index; ISBN0-262-08152-0; $50.00 (vol.4)
    Listed as "OUT OF PRINT" at MIT Press April 22, 2003

  5. Punched Card Methods in Scientific Computation by W.J. Eckert; New introduction by J. C. McPherson; 6"x9";160 pp.; ISBN 0-262-05030-7; $27.50 (vol 5). Please note: volume 5 is out of print.
    Listed as "OUT OF PRINT" at MIT Press April 22, 2003

  6. Calculating Instruments and Machines by Douglas R. Hartree; (1949); New introduction by Maurice Wilkes; 6"x9";200 pp.; ISBN 0-262-08147-4; $32.50 (vol 6)
    Listed as "OUT OF PRINT" at MIT Press April 22, 2003

  7. Proceedings of a Symposium on Large-Scale Digital Calculating Machinery by the Harvard Computation Laboratory;(1947); New introduction by William Aspray; 7-1/2"x10-1/4";340 pp.; ISBN 0-262-08152-0; $45.00 (vol. 7)

  8. A Manual of Operation for the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator by the Harvard Computation Laboratory;(1946); New introduction by I. Bernard Cohen; 7-3/4"x10-1/4";585 pp.; biblio, index; ISBN 0-262-01084-4; $60.00 (vol.8)

  9. The Moore School Lectures edited by Martin Campbell-Kelly and Michael R. Williams; (1946); 6"x9"; 568 pp; illus;bios; index; ISBN 0-262-03109-4; $60.00 (vol. 9). Please note: volume 9 is out of print.

  10. A. M. Turing's ACE Report of 1946 and Other Papers edited by B.E. Carpenter and R. W. Doran; (1945); 6"x9";125 pp; illus; notes; ISBN 0-262-03114-0; $27.50 (vol. 10). Please note: volume 10 is out of print.
    Listed as "OUT OF PRINT" at MIT Press April 22, 2003

  11. Le Calcul Simplifie: Graphical and Mechanical Methods for Simplifying Calculation by Maurice d 'Ocagne translation and introduction by J. Howlett and M. R. Williams; (1928); 6"x9";192 pp.; biblio, index; ISBN 0-262-15032-8; $35.00 (vol. 11). Please note: volume 11 is out of print.

  12. Papers of John von Neumann on Computers and Computer Theory by John von Neumann; introduction by William Asprayand Arthur W. Burks; (1987); 6"x 9"; 640 pp.; biblio;ISBN 0-262-22030-X; $65.00 (vol. 12). Please note: volume 12 is out of print.
    Listed as "OUT OF PRINT" at MIT Press April 22, 2003

  13. Memoir of the Life and Labours of the Late Charles Babbage ESQ F.R.S. by H. W. Buxton; introduction by Anthony Hyman; (1988); 6"x9"; 401 pp; illus.; notes; index;ISBN 0-262-02269-9; $55.00 (vol. 13) Please note: volume 13 is out of print.

  14. The Early British Computer Conferences edited and introduction by Michael R. Williams and Martin Campbell-Kelly; (1989);8-3/4"x11-1/2"; 550 pp; illus. index; ISBN 0-262-23136-0;$65.00 (vol. 14)
    Listed as "OUT OF PRINT" at MIT Press April 22, 2003

  15. Rabdology, by John Napier; translated by William Frank Richardson; introduction by Robin E. Rider; (1990); 6"x9";135 pp; illus.; notes; ISBN 0-262-14046-2; $40.00 (vol. 15)

  16. The Calculating Machines (Die Rechenmaschinen): Their History and Development (1925) by Ernst Martin; translated and edited by Peggy Aldrich Kidwell and Michael R. Williams; (1992); 6"x9"; 412 pp; illus.; index; ISBN 0-262-13278-8; $50.00(vol. 16). Please note: volume 16 is out of print.

Ordering reprints
Purchase reprints from CBI:
Please call 612 624-5050 or email for information about availability. CBI accepts Mastercard, VISA, and personal checks made out to the University of Minnesota (not CBI). Shipping charges will be added to the purchase price. Personal checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank and in U.S. currency.

Order out-of-print volumes from MIT:
Some out-of-print volumes may still be available from The MIT Press Bookstore. High quality reproductions of all out-of-print volumes can be purchased from MIT Document Services.

Friends of CBI receive a 20% discount on titles from the Reprint series.
Learn more about becoming a Friend of the Charles Babbage Institute.

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Tuesday April 22, 2003
Press Release Source: Hewlett-Packard Company

HP Labs Revives Out-of-print Titles for MIT Press' Print-on-demand Program

Tuesday April 22, 7:45 am ET

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 2003--HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that technology developed by HP Labs is enabling MIT Press to restore 1,750 out-of-print titles for inclusion in the Press' new print-on-demand program, called the MIT Classics Series. In order to deliver reprinted copies of the Classics Series on demand, out-of-print titles were scanned and then were processed by HP to create clean, searchable, high-quality PDF files for both online and print use. (PDF is a file format developed by Adobe Systems that makes it possible to have formatted documents appear on a recipient's monitor or printer as they were intended.) The system used was a scanned document image analysis system specially developed by researchers in HP Labs.


MIT Press now electronically sends Classics Series orders to Edwards Brothers, which then prints, binds, packages and ships the books within 48 hours of receiving the order. Through the resulting print-on-demand system, MIT Press now has a cost-effective way to fulfill individual orders, even for single copies of obscure or out-of-print titles.

More information on MIT Press' print-on-demand process is available at

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Updated April 22, 2003