Berlin, F. Vieweg d.Ä. 1792.
8vo. [xiv], 74p. and TWO FOLDING DOUBLE-PAGE TABLES printed on both sides of the leaf, etched title vignette of a crown, sceptre, knightly sash and serpent; printed on wove paper.
Contemporary gilt-ruled tan calf (hinges rubbed), GILT CROWNED CIPHER OF THE DEDICATEE CROWN PRINCE FRIEDRICH WILHELM OF PRUSSIA on both panels, spine and ?paper label gilt, all edges gilt.
Only Edition. Beautifully printed on wove paper, this luxury production was dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia (1770-1840, r. 1797-1840) by his father’s private secretary. The first essay outlines the ideal character of a ruler or person responsible for others — military generals, large land owners, government administrators, nobles of both sexes and their factors.
The second essay treats the domestic economy of their households and focuses on cash transactions, inventories of forage and kitchen supplies and flatware and clothing, passive and active income management, bookkeeping techniques and ten-day, quarterly and annual audits. It provides sample forms for various kinds of receipts, and the folding tables show how to track revenues and expenses down to beer, wine, meat, baked goods, sugar, coffee, tea, chocolate, clothes washing, medicines, hunting and THE LIBRARY — BOOKS, JOURNALS, BOOK BINDER, ETC.
The dedicatee heeded the author’s advice on assuming the Prussian throne in 1797. Friedrich Wilhelm III slashed the expenses of the royal establishment, dismissed his father's ministers, reformed the most oppressive governmental abuses and restored the moral legitimacy of the crown (long mired in political intrigue and moral debauchery).
THIS COPY BEARS THE PRINCE’S CROWNED CIPHER ON BOTH PANELS. I have located two other examples (Augsburg and Berlin). In good condition.