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The Economic Writings of Sir William Petty,
together with the Observations upon the Bills of Mortality more probably by Captain John Graunt. Edited by Charles Henry Hull, First Edition thus, 2 volumes, xci, 313; [8], [317-]700pp with some folding facsimiles of handwriting, ALS &c., a very good set in original cloth with the gilt stamp of the New South Wales Library of Parliament on both front boards and very faint stamps on titles, a little spotting, Cambridge, at the University Press, 1899.The first scholarly edition collecting together all of Petty's important writings - along with Graunt's Observations upon the Bills of Mortality (now definitively known to be by Graunt although at one time considered to be by Petty since he fraudulently claimed it to be his own; see Pearson, The History of Statistics, p.17ff). It was Petty who coined the term "political arithmetic" and it was Petty who is credited as the first to formulate a general theory of government founded on concrete empirical knowledge. The present edition of his works includes all the important works including A Treatise of Taxation and Contributions, 1662; The Political Anatomy of Ireland, 1672; Political Arithmetick, 1676; and his Observations Upon the Dublin Bills of Mortality, 1681; - "a path-breaker in demographic analysis" (- Sills, International Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, Vol 12, p.57). "Petty's analytical skill and his insistence on measurement and his clear schematic view of the economy make him the first econometrician, and he was constantly evolving and using concepts and analytical methods that were in advance of his time.." (op cit p.67). Graunt's work, The Natural and Political Observations of Mortality, of which the fifth edition of 1676 is here reprinted, can be seen, in fact, as being even more important than Petty's. Photograph available on request.
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