The Principles of the Doctrine of Life-Annuities Explained in a Familiar Manner, so as to be Intelligible to Persons not Acquainted with the Doctrine of Chances and Accompanied with a Variety of New Tables.

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by Francis Maseres

Principles of the Doctrine of Life-Annuities
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author Francis Maseres
Published London: Printed for B. White
Date 1783
Language English
Volumes volume set

This book is an outline of the principles behind creating formulas for insurance annuities.[1] It also contains complex mathematical formulas depicting how the author arrived at his precise calculations for specific amounts of money and policies. [2] This book is considered an explanatory and educational tome which expounds upon the policies used by insurance policy makers in terms of granting and drafting life insurance policies. [3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Masere's principles of life annuities. 4to." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Both the Brown Bibliography[4] and George Wythe's Library[5] on LibraryThing include the first edition (1783) published in London based on Millicent Sowerby's entry in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson.[6] Unfortunately, the volume owned by Wythe no longer exists to verify the edition. The Wolf Law Library has yet to purchase a copy of The Principles of the Doctrine of Life-Annuities.

See also


  1. [1]
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  5. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on May 21, 2018.
  6. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:13 [no.3689].