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DEPARCIEUX, Antoine.

Essai sur les probabilités de la durée de la vie humaine;

D'où l'on déduit la maniere de déterminer les rentes viageres, tant simples qu'en tontines: précédé d'une courte explication sur les rentes à terme, ou annuités; et accompagné d'un grand nombre de tables.

Published: Paris: Freres Guerin, 1746

Stock code: 112142

Price: £2,750

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First edition. “After long investigations of tontines, individual families, and religious communities, Deparcieux published his results in the famous Essai sur les probabilités de la durée de la vie humaine (Paris, 1746; suppl., 1760), one of the first statistical works of its kind. It consists of treatises on annuities, mortality, and life annuities. Deparcieux showed a real progress in his theoretical explanation of the properties of the tables of mortality … his tables, which were for a long time the only ones on life expectancies in France” (Smith, History of Mathematics II, p. 530).

Quarto (254 x 190 mm). Contemporary sheep, spine decoratively gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt to second, blind French fillet border to covers, red speckled edges, marbled endpapers. Woodcut vignette to title, similar head- and tailpieces and initial figures, engraved arms to dedication, 1 full-page table to the text, 23 leaves containing 22 individual tables mounted on stubs to rear as issued. Skilful restoration to tips and spine-ends, light craquelure to covers, variable light browning, the occasional mild spot or mark. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Einaudi 1529; Goldsmiths' 8233; Kress I 4081.

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