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BUTTE, Wilhelm (1772-1833)
Grundlinien der Arithmetik des menschlichen Lebens, nebst Winken für deren
Anwendung auf Geographie, Staats- und Natur-Wissenschaft.
Landshut, Philipp Krüll 1811.
XXXIV,,420p. With 9 folding tables. Contemp. half calf, red edges, some wear but
a good copy.
First edition. An essay on political arithmetic by a professor of economics and statistics in
Landshut. It is divided into two parts. The first or 'theoretical' part is an attempt to develop 'the
principles of the arithmetic of human life'. In a brief historical survey Butte refers to pioneers in the
field of political arithmetic like Graunt, Petty, Davenant, Malthus, Deparcieux, Messance, Kersseboom
and Süssmilch. This is followed by a typology of human development: 'ideas on the types of
human life, comparison of these ideas with observations, harmony of the proportions connected with
the types, and special observance and development of the difference of gender and (speculative)
inquiry into the laws of all possible variations in sexual life'.
The larger second or 'practical' part treats the application of the arithmetic of human life, this in
relation to geographical circumstances, political science and legislation and natural sciences. An
abridged French edition of this appeared the next year in Paris (Prolégomènes de
l'arithmétique de la vie humaine).
*Kress S.5990. Goldsmiths' 20203. Humpert 12238.