Grund-Riß einer Einleitung zu denen Cameral-Wissenschaften in welchen die ersten Vorbereitungs- und Grund-Lehren so in der wirthschafftlichen Policey-Wissenschafft abzuhandeln, in einem kurtzen Zusammenhang zum Behuff seiner academischen Vorlesungen vorgestellet werden ...

Leipzig, Fuchs, 1742-3

Two vols bound in one, 8vo, pp. [xvi], 400; [lvi], 622; first title printed in red and black, engraved vignette on the second title, woodcut head- and tail-pieces; a very good copy in contemporary vellum.

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Very rare first edition of this pioneering contribution to the systematization of economics as one of the pillars (along with, and integrated with law, administration and policing) of successful societies, by the philosopher, jurist, and economist Georg Heinrick Zincke (1692-1768).

Zincke’s premise is that all economic questions must be addressed with rational and methodical investigation. The task of economics is, according to him, the promotion of the happiness of mankind, rather than the techniques used by kings to fill their coffers. Governments, to whom citizens have given the task to help them achieve their material and moral happiness, ought to aim all their actions to the well-being of their subjects. With Justi and Sonnenfels, Zincke was one of the Cameralists who promoted a concept of political economy to be integrated with the legal set-up of a country and its system of policing. Zincke’s scientific approach to economics is also tangible in his subsequent and less rare works, including the first bibliography of Cameralism.

Humpert 787 (only part I); Kress 4640; not in Sraffa; see Small, The Cameralists, pp. 249-256. OCLC shows only a handful of copies in Continental Europe, none in the UK, and one in the US (Harvard, Baker Library).

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