DUPONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel.
De l’origine et des progrès d’une science nouvelle.
Bound with: Le Mercier de la Rivière: L'ordre naturel et essentiel des sociétés politiques. London: John Nourse and Paris: Desaint, 1767.
First separate edition of undoubtedly one of the scarcest of Dupont’s works, and probably one of the most successful publications promoting physiocracy, first published in the journal, Ephémérides du Citoyen. The work is based on Le Mercier de la Rivière’s L’Ordre naturel et essentiel des Sociétés politiques (with which it is here bound), which Adam Smith referred to as “the most distinct and best connected account of this doctrine”. Schumpeter, in his discussion on the physiocrats, calls Dupont “by far the ablest of the lot” (p. 226) and Palgrave notes; “If Quesnay was the father of physiocracy, Dupont was its godfather, for he gave it its name by the publication of his Physiocratie… a collection of Quesnay’s articles, which the editor introduced by a Discours.”
2 works bound in two volumes, duodecimo (163 92 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spines decorated gilt in compartments, red morocco labels, red edges. Engraved bookplate of Mr. Brossays Duperray to front pastedowns A superb copy.
Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 10390; Higgs 4260; INED 1617; Kress 6547; Mattioli 1074; Schelle 11; Sraffa 1458.Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary