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Important early work on statistics and social sciences

BOSE, Johann Andreas.
Introductio generalis in notitiam rerumpublicarum orbis universi. ...
Jena, Johann Bielcke for Samuel Krebs, 1676. 4to. With an engraved full-page portrait of the author in the text, the title printed in red and black, and further with woodcut decorated initials and woodcut endpieces. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, manuscript title and shelf mark on spine. [16], 370, [22] pp.
€ 2,500
First edition of an important work on social science, politics and statistics, the main work of the German philosopher and historian Johann Andreas Bose (1626-1674), edited by Georg Schubart (1650-1701). Bose was professor of history at the University of Jena since 1654 and he became rector of this university at 1661. Leipnitz and Puffendorf were among his students.
In this work, in which he proves to be one of the founders of the science of statistics as the basis for political sciences, Bose emphasizes the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach for the study of human society in general, including economics, political, religious, scientific, historical and geographical studies. With references to great discoveries and voyages, for example America (California), Nova Zembla, Japan, Cuba, "Terra Australis" etc. (p. 150-151).
With library stamp and a manuscript owner's inscription on the title-page. Some browning throughout, otherwise in good condition. USTC 2711387 (18 copies, only in Germany); VD17 23:255313V; not in Brunet, Graesse, Kress Library, Goldsmith Library, etc., nor Sabin.
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