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BUQUOY, Georg von (17811851)
Die Theorie der Nationalwirthschaft nach einem neuen Plane und nach mehrern eigenen
Ansichten dargestellt. [Bound with:] Das nationalwirthschaftliche Prinzip oder was zuletzt alle
nationalwirthschaftliche Anstalten bezwecken müssen. Erster Nachtrag zur Theorie der
Nationalwirthschaft. [And with:] Erläuterung einiger eigenen Ansichten aus der Theorie
der Nationalwirthschaft nebst tabellarischer Uebersicht des Zusammenhanges der wesentlichen
Gewerbe unter einander und mehreren Beyträgen zum technischen Theile der
Nationalwirthschaft. Zweyter Nachtrag zur Theorie der Nationalwirthschaft. [And with:]
Begründung des Begriffes vom reellen Werthe in nationalwirthschaftlicher Hinsicht. Ferner:
Theorie des Steuerwesens in nationalwirthschaftlicher Hinsicht. Endlich: Zusammenstellung der
wesentlichen Verrichtungen bey dem Bleichen, Färben und Drucken der Wollen, Seiden,
Baumwollen, LeinenZeuge und Garne, nach Grundsätzen der Chemie und Physik. Dritter
Nachtrag zur Theorie der Nationalwirthschaft.
Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel 181518.
4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. [II],306, 307330, VIII,331441,[1], [IV],443524p. With
engraved plate to the first part. Contemp. half calf, gilt back with black label, marbled sides, yellow
edges. Light foxing to title and endpapers.
€ 9500
First edition, very rare with the three supplementary parts. A little
known work, disregarded in his own time, but praised for its original application of mathematics to
economic problems. Buquoy here in this his major book shows himself an independent follower of
Adam Smith, though he advocates proper regulation of production and consumption for countries in
unfavourable geographical situations. It is one of the earliest German books including a mathematical
approach to economics.
Schumpeter calls Buquoy ‘a very interesting man ... a gifted dilletante in many fields, more than
a dilletante in at least two, theoretical mechanics and economics. [The present work and his tract on
money and monetary policy Ein auf echten Nationalcredit fundiertes Geld] are Smithian in
their bases but contain several interesting and original suggestions, that of a managed paper currency
among others. Man and writings are forgotton unjustly, so I think.'
Carl Menger in a letter to Léon Walras pointed out to him that, apart from Cournot,
Gossen and Jevons, there were more writers who had applied mathematical methods to economics and
he then lists the works of Canard, Kröncke, Buquoy, Rau, Fuoco, Mangoldt and Thünen.
R.M.Robertson mentions Buquoy's work ‘the third in point of time to use the calculus', after
Daniel Bernoulli's Specimen theoriae novae de mensura sortis and Paolo Frisi's mathematical
commentaries on Verri's Meditazioni.
Buquoy was born in Brussels from the French noble family Buquoy de Longueval. He studied
mathematics, natural sciences, economics and philosophy in Vienna and Prague and at a young age he
inherited a great estate in Bohemia. He was also the wealthy owner of several textile, glass and iron
works, known for many innovations and the high quality of its products. Yet he seems to have spent
most of his time to philosophical and economic studies.
*Kress S.6144. Humpert 867. Not in Goldsmiths', Einaudi or Mattioli. R.D.Theocharis, Early
developments in mathematical economics, p.112113. R.M.Robertson, Mathematical economics
before Cournot, in Journal of political economy, vol.57, p.527. Schumpeter p.502.
 
