[AIKEN, Howard and Grace HOPPER]. A manual of operation for the automatic sequence controlled calculator. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 1946.
4to. Original blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, with very scarce dustwrapper; pp.  + 561 + , 17 numbered plates including frontispiece, text illustrations; wrapper faded with chips to head and foot of spine; otherwise very good indeed. Provenance; front pastedowns with inkstamps of W.C. Rockefeller, an aerodynamicist and meteorologist whose work in creating a 24 hour weather forecast centre for Howard Hughes's pioneering Spruce Goose flight formed the basis of the Flight Advisory Weather Service. As a student a Caltech he was the first person to win the Sperry Award for aeronautical instrument design.
First edition. The Harvard Mark I, or IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, was the first programmable calculating machine to fulfil Babbage's dreams and produce mathematical tables. Based on existing IBM punched-card technology and completed in 1943, it was not long before it was commandeered by the military and its creator, Aiken, given a commission is the US Navy. It was used by John von Neumann to calculate the effects of atom bomb implosion as part of the Manhattan Project. One of Aiken's staff was Lieutenant Grace Hopper who, having "never met a digit" until she was assigned to the team, would become not only a Rear Admiral but also one of the most important post-war computer programming pioneers, making fundamental contributions to the development of compilers. She was also responsible for writing most of this manual.
Origins of Cyberspace 411.