FIRST EDITION OF KARSTEN'S SEMINAL CLASSIC CHARTS AND GRAPHS
Charts and Graphs: An Introduction to Graphic Methods In the Control and Analysis of statistics.
Karsten, Karl G.$3,800.00
Item Number: 67089
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1923.
First edition of this seminal work on charts and graphs. Octavo, original leatherette boards, illustrated throughout. Introduction by Carl Snyder. In very good condition with some light rubbing to the extremities, from the Yale Club library with a stamp to the endpaper. First editions are rare.
Karl G. Karsten was an American economist, statistician, businessman, inventor and author, known from his seminal work on graphical methods, and economic forecasting. In the 1910s charts and graphs had become a prominent subject in the theoretical discussion of methodology in the social sciences, and Karsten was one of the first to publish a book solely on this topic. Karsten (1923) explained: In and since the [first World] War the use and developments of charts has been almost phenomenal — so large, indeed, that one able economist who is interested in such things think that we as a country have gone chart-mad. But the development has not been confined to this country, and it has a very solid base in practical utility. There is little question that the chart represents a genuine saving in time and mental effort. In 1923 he published his most known work "Charts and graphs: An introduction to graphic methods in the control and analysis of statistics." This work was especially focused on statistics, and years ahead of its time. It the 1910s statistics and graphs were introduced in production control and management in the United States and in Britain.