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PETTY, Sir William

4 entries
  • 1688

Several essays in political arithmetic.

London: Robert Clavel and Henry Mortlock, 1699.

A pioneer statistician, Petty took the first census of Ireland. He was Professor of Anatomy at Oxford and later Graham Professor of Music. SeeNo. 1686.



Subjects: DEMOGRAPHY / Population: Medical Statistics
  • 1692.1

A collection of the yearly bills of mortality, from 1657 to 1758 inclusive. Together with several other bills of an earlier date. To which are subjoined I. Natural and political observations on the bills of mortality; by Capt. John Graunt, F.R.S. reprinted from the sixth edition, in 1676. II. Another essay in political arithmetic, concerning the growth of city of London; with the measures, periods, causes, and consequences thereof. By Sir William Petty, Kt. F.R.S. reprinted from the edition printed at London in 1683. III. Observations on the past growth and present state of the city of London; reprinted from the edition printed at London in 175.1; with a continuation of the tables to the end of the year 1756. By Corbyn Morris Esq; F.R.S. IV. A comparative view of the diseases and ages, and a table of the probabilities of life, for the last thirty years. By J[ames] P[ostlethwayt] Esq; F.R.S.

London: A. Millar, 1759.

The only collected edition of early bills of mortality, which were generally published as broadsides and are not available separately. Includes reprints of Nos. 1686 and 1688. This work has traditionally been attributed to Thomas Birch, but Hull (1899) gives strong evidence that Heberden was the author.



Subjects: DEMOGRAPHY / Population: Medical Statistics
  • 11824

The economic writings of Sir William Petty together with Observations upon the bills of mortality, more probably by Captain John Graunt. Edited by Charles Henry Hull. 2 vols.

Cambridge, England: at the University Press, 1899.

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Subjects: Collected Works: Opera Omnia, DEMOGRAPHY / Population: Medical Statistics
  • 11818

A bibliography of Sir William Petty F.R.S. and of Observations on the bills of mortality by John Graunt F.R.S. by Geoffrey Keynes.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.


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