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Microscopium statisticum: quo status imperii Romano-Germanici cum primis extraordinarius, ad vivum repraesentatur. N. p., 1672. [Bound with:] KIPPING, H. Methodus nova juris publici libri duo. Bremen,

POLITANUS Helenus pseud (1672.)

£425.00 

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Engraved frontispiece in each work.2 works in one vol. 12mo. Contemporary vellum.

Only edition of this satirical work on statecraft, in which is found one of the earliest uses of the term "statistics". According to Walter Wilcox, the earliest known occurrence of the word is in the 1660 lectures by Hermann Conring, soon to be followed by this publication (see: Encyclopaedia of Social Sciences, 1934, vol. 14, pp. 356-60. OED remarks: "the sense is probably pertaining to statists or to statecraft".Outer edge of frontispiece damaged.BLSTC P829. Second work not in BLSTC.

Stock Code: 40518