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[DUTOT, Charles.]

Reflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce.

Où l'on examine quelles ont été sur les revenus, les denrées, le change étranger, & conséquemment sur notre commerce, les influences des augmentations & des diminutions des valeurs numéraires des monnoyes.

Published: The Hague: Les Frères Vaillant & Nicolas Prevost, 1738

Stock code: 87750

Price: £2,250

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First edition of this important work, first written in the form of three letters to Melon in 1735 but not published until three years later. Little is known of Dutot, save that he was a cashier in the Compagnie des Indes, founded by Law whose system the author examines favourably in the present work where he also explains the reasons for its collapse in 1720. A work valued as a source of information on the economic life of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

2 volumes, duodecimo (159 x 92 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, spines gilt in compartments, brown morocco labels, all edges speckled red, title pages in red and black, 10 folding letterpress tables, pagination errors (p. 44 wrongly numbered 34 in Vol. I, p. 152 wrongly numbered 132 in Vol. II). Provenance: Cholmondeley Castle Library, with its shelf-marked bookplates to pastedowns. Bindings slightly rubbed, morocco labels chipped with small glue repair to Vol. II’s label, joints cracked at extremities but sound, headline of one table a little shaved, Vol. II with tiny puncture to outer margins of front pastedown and first leaves of Vol. II, short closed tear to outer margin of p. 57, lightly browned and spotted. A very good copy of a scarce work.

Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 7596; INED 1695; Kress 4381.

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