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Elemens de statistique, ou l'on demontre, d'aprees un principe entierement neuf, les ressources de chaque Royaume, Etat et Republique de l'Europe; suivis d'un etat sommaire des principales Puissances et Colonies de l'Indostan. Translated from the English by Denis Francois Donnant.Paris: Chez Batilliot jeune et Genets jeune, 1802.
A fine copy of the important first French edition (see below) of The Statistical Breviary. Playfair, the founder of graphical methods of statistics, published this work originally in English in 1801. It is considered his most theoretical book about graphics in which he "broke free of analogies to the physical world and drew graphics as designs-in-themselves" (Tufte), and contains what is generally credited as the first pie chart. Donnant did not merely produce a translation but also added several original contributions to this edition, for example A Statistical Account of the United States of America, which Playfair translated into English and published in 1805. In "The Statistical Breviary: shewing, on a Principle Entirely New, the Resources of every State and Kingdom in Europe" [Playfair] first introduced the circle diagram and pie chart that used area to represent the relative sizes of geographical regions. Playfair 'offers a creative combination of different visual forms: circles (used to show the area of nations), a pie chart (to show the divisions of the Turkish Empire), and lines (to show both population and taxes)'--Akerman & Karrow, p. 231 and illustrated as fig. 131 (English edition). Kress B.4583; see Tufte, Visual Display of Quantitative Information, p. 44." (Tufte sale, this French edition).. 8vo (193 x 123 mm), pp. [2] [i-] ii-xxxii [1-] 2-182 and 2 large folding letterpress tables plus 5 hand-colored folding engraved charts. Bound in a fine contemporary half gilt with richly gilt spine (small piece chipped away at the at the lower part of the front hinge, otherwise remarkably good), a fine a fresh copy. Rare
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