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Oeuvres de Mr. Turgot, ministre d’état.

Précédées et accompagnées de mémoires et de notes sur sa vie, son administration et ses ouvrages.

Published: Paris: A. Belin and Delance, 1808-1811

Stock code: 92944

Price: £4,000

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First edition of the collected works of Turgot, economist, philosopher and administrator, edited by Dupont de Nemours, with his valuable annotations. The first volume comprises Mémoires sur la vie, l’administration et les ouvrages de M. Turgot, seconde édition, written by Dupont and first published in 1782. A leading economic theorist in France, Turgot’s Réflexions sur la formation et la distribution des richesses (first published in the physiocrat journal Éphemérides du Citoyen in 1769-70) was a major influence on the thinking of Adam Smith. As well as economic theory and policy, Turgot wrote on theology, philosophy, and contributed articles for the great Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert.

9 volumes, octavo (210 127 mm). Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, calf corners, spines ruled and decorated gilt, red morocco labels. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Tardieu after Ducreux. Small chip to the head of volume four, corners slightly rubbed. Very occasional light spotting. A very attractive set.

Bibliography: Einaudi 5769; Goldsmiths' 20226; Kress B.5464.

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