30 April 2008
BIRCH, Thomas, editor. A Collection of the Yearly Bills of Mortality from 1657 to 1758 inclusive. Together with several other bills of an earlier date. London: A. Millar, 1759.
4° (257 x 200mm). 7 folding letterpress tables. (Title partly soiled.) Contemporary calf with morocco label (rubbed, upper joints cracked, label chipped).
The first yearly bill of mortality for the city of London was published in 1582, but the yearly bills were only published on a regular basis from 1657 and are here first collected together, with some earlier statistics dating from 1593. The Collection also included four essays, John Graunt's 'Natural and political observations on the bills of mortality .... reprinted from the sixth edition in 1676', William Petty's 'Essay in political arithmetic, concerning the growth of the city of London', reprinted from the 1683 edition, 'Observations on the past growth and present state of the city of London', reprinted from 1751, continued to 1757, by Corbyn Morris, and 'A comparative view of the diseases and ages, and a table of the probabilities of life, for the last thirty years. By J.P[ostlethwayt]'. Goldsmiths' 9460; Kress 5773: 'very valuable bibliography in the notes'.
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