8vo, pp. , vi, , 308; even light foxing throughout, unobtrusive damp stain to the upper outer corner of the first few leaves; a good copy uncut in recent half-morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments with a gilt morocco lettering-piece; Russian library stamps to the title and final page and an ink ownership signature to the title.
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Öffentliches und privat= Leben, von ihm selbst beschrieben. Erstes Fragment. Aufenthalt und Dienste in Russland, vom J. 1761 bis 1765, Litterar Nachrichten von Russland in jenen Jaren.
Scarce first edition of Schlözer’s auto-biography, which covers the period he spent in St. Petersburg as a private teacher and as scientific assistant to Gerhard Friedrich Müller, and subsequently as professor of Russian history at the Academy. A second part was intended, but was never published. In 1828 Schlözer’s son Christian undertook a more complete biography of his father, which was issued in two volumes.
Schlözer was Achenwall's most important disciple, ‘and the principal representative of the Göttingen school in that department [i.e. statistics]. He regarded statistics as a part of politics, to which it was related [in the same way as] the knowledge of the human body to therapeutics. He defined history as statistics in motion, statistics as history at rest. Schölzer is classed among the “liberal eclectics” of this century. His principal strength lay in the combination of history with political philosophy. He preached the doctrine, now universally accepted, that history has to deal with something more than military or diplomatic transactions “after the manner of the Anno-Domini men,” and should present a view of the whole life of a people, and, in particular, of its economic consequences of political acts’ (Palgrave III, p. 362).
Goedeke VI, p. 274, 1, a; Krieg, Mehr nicht erschienen, II, p. 211.
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