FERRANTI. Faster Than Thought. The Ferranti Nimrod Digital Computer. Hollinwood, Lancs: Ferranti Ltd. .
12mo. Original green wrappers, printed in black; pp. 40, tables in text; wrapper with a little creasing and small split to foot of spine, annotation in red pen to rear of wrapper, previous owner's signature to inside of front wrapper, very good.
First edition of this user's manual. Scarce. The Ferranti Nimrod Computer, unveiled the world at the 1951 Festival of Britain, was the world's first computer game. It was built to play the ancient two-layer logic game of Nim and could either play itself or a human opponent. At the end of the game it would flash up either 'COMPUTER WINS' or 'COMPUTER LOSES'. It usually won, until it faced Alan Turing. According to legend, when Turing defeated Nimrod, it appeared to have a fit of temperament, flashing up 'COMPUTER WINS' and refusing to stop.