La population française. Histoire de la population avant 1789 et démographie de la France comparée à celle des autres nations au XIXe siècle, précédée d'une introduction sur la statistique.
8vo. 3 vols. (4), XLVII, (1), 468 pp. (6), 533, (1) pp. (4), 569, (1) pp. With numerous maps (3 folding in colour at end of volume 1) and tables (3 folding in volume 2, 1 folding in volume 3). Contemporary half calf over green marbled boards with giltstamped spines. Marbled endpapers.
First edition. Presentation copy for Lucien March, inscribed by the author on the half-title of vol. 1.
Now-classic historical and statistical studies on French and comparative population: this is among the major achievements of the author hailed as "the father of modern economic history in France"; its publication was "an even more important event in historiography" than the publication of his voluminous history of the working classes. "For Levasseur, the object of statistics as a science was to make numerical data available to historians and economists. Indeed, he believed that statistics had become an indispensable tool for the historian".
A fine set.
Einaudi 3379. IESS IX, 261.