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MOIVRE, Abraham de; Roberto Gaeto, translator & prefator.

La Dottrina degli azzardi applicata ai problemi della probabilitá della vita, delle pensioni vitalizie, reversioni, tontine, ec.

Trasportata dall'idioma Inglese, arricchita di note ed aggiunte, e presa per argomento di pubblica esercitazione matematica tenuta nell'aula della Regia Università di Pavia dal Padre Don Roberto Gaeta Monaco Cisterc. sotta l'assistenza del Padre Don Gregorio Fontana delle Scuole Pie, Regio Prof. delle Matematiche superiori nella medesima Università.

[Bound with: GAETA, Roberto. Lettera del P. D. Roberto Gaeta Monaco Cisterciese al Signor Abate D. Paolo Frisi, R. Matematico, Pubblico Professore e Socio di varie Accademie ec. Intorno a ciò, ch' egli asserisce nel Tomo. I. delle sue Opere parlando della Dottrina degli Azzard applicata ai Problemi della Probabilità della Vita, Pensioni vitalizie, ec. Venice: Stamperia Coleti, 1783.

Milan: Giuseppe Galeazzi, 1776 Stock Code: 133671
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First edition in Italian of part of de Moivre's early and important contribution to the calculus of games of chance and probability theory, one of the first instructional texts on the subject, which together with the works of Montmort and Bernoulli was one of the most important books written on the subject in the early eighteenth century. His introduction contains an overview of main concepts such as probability, conditional probability, expectation, dependent and independent events, the multiplication rule, and the binomial distribution. The translator, Roberto Gaeto, of the University of Pavia, translates the parts of de Moivre's work dealing with the application of the doctrine of chance to annuities, tontines, life expectancies and mortallity tables. Gaeta has added an introduction, notes and appendices, comparing other European writers on lifetime annuities such as Deparcieux, Kersseboom, Süssmilch and Bernoulli, with a useful bibliography of works of mortality tables and statistics (pages lix-lxviii).

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2 works bound in one octavo volume (207 x 130 mm). Contemporary half mottled calf and sprinkled boards, rebacked preserving the original spine, red morocco label, sprinkled edges.


Printer's woodcut device on title, tables and vignettes in the text.


Spine neatly repaired and lined where split, recased with new endpapers, board edges worn. Second work has the half title cut away. Pale damp mark to lower margin, extending into the text in places, occasional light foxing, marginal worming to last 4 leaves of the second work; good copies of two scarce works.


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