London: Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry, 1787. First edition. Zimmerman's work contains the first appearance and use of the word statistics in the English language (page ii). Binding extremities lightly rubbed with some minor fading and wear to boards and spine. Light foxing and offsetting. Small tear to the upper margin of pages 285-286, not affecting text. A near fine copy in an attractive period binding. Contemporary calf with gilt-lettered and gilt-tooled spine with green morocco spine label. Edges sprinkled green. Marbled endpapers. Octavo. . , viii, 358 pp. Numerous tables. Item #16251
Eberhart August Wilhelm von Zimmerman (1743-1815) was a German geographer and zoologist. He studied natural history and mathematics in Leiden, Halle, Berlin, and Gottingen and, in 1776, was appointed professor of mathematics and natural sciences at the Collegium Carolinum.
"Encouraged by several gentleman in this country, who were acquainted with the confined circulation of general political knowledge in England...I have ventured to lay the following outlines of a New Survey of Europe before the public...A particular motive to publish this work was, the wish of supplying young English travellers with a book of no great bulk, which might point out to them useful objects of enquiry, and works for further information, on their customary grand tour through Europe...To the several articles contained in this work, some respectable statistical writers have added a view of the principal epochas of the history of each country." (Preface). Zimmerman's book explores the production and commerce and various financial, political, religious, and militaristic aspects of European countries including Russia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, France and others.