Artifact Details

Title

Napier's bones card abacus

Catalog Number

102652469

Type

Still Image

Dimensions

9 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.

Format

Photographic print

Description

This is a black and white image of a wooden cabinet against a white background with 27 small white drawers labeled with numbers from 0 to 9. The bottom of the cabinet has another drawer but it is closed. The cabinet front has two doors that is currently open to reveal math tables with text written in Latin. The table on the cabinet door on the left of image reads "TABVLA [sic] CON..timens, latera, quadraias, cubicos, folidos et bifolidos numeros". There are several numbers arranged in rows. The table on the right side of the image reads "TABVLA [sic] MIRI...". The top of the cabinet is open with the lid cover hanging on the right. Written on the verso side in black pen is "3846/2" and "10/1, p.56". In pencil "E.Tomash Figure 6". There was a "10" written but has been crossed off. Written on on the white label is "PROPERTY OF ANNALS OF THE HISTORY OF COMPUTING 133 McBryde Hall Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061-0119".

Category

Identification photograph; Publicity photograph

Subject

Napier, John

Credit

Gift of J.A.N. Lee

Lot Number

X3191.2005