This is a little snippet of text from a wonderful book from 1845 called:
UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF KNOWLEDGE,
COMPRISING THE TWOFOLD ADVANTAGE OF
A PHILOSOPHICAL AND AN ALPHABETICAL ARRANGEMENT,
WITH APPROPRIATE ENGRAVINGS.
I love those old verbose titles! There is a four page entry on automata from page 146 to page 150. It's very interesting.
Check out the ENCYCLOPAEDIA METROPOLITANA at Google Book Search.