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NECKER, Jacques.

Collection complette de tous les ouvrages …

Avec des notes critiques, politiques et secretes.

Utrecht: [s.n.], 1781 Stock Code: 126500
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First edition of this collection of works by and about Jacques Necker, presenting a variety of contemporary opinions, both positive and negative, on his time and influence as finance minister for Louis XVI (1777-81). Despite proving to be a popular and capable reformer he had enemies at court who, led by Marie-Antoinette, plotted his dismissal in 1781. Necker subsequently wrote De l'administration des finances de la France (1784), his most influential and important work, considered the "only authentic account of the finances of France previously to the Revolution" (McCulloch, p. 347), before being reinstated as finance minister in 1788.

Bound in at the rear of volume three is the fifteen-page pamphlet Lettre du tiers état a M. Necker, dated January 1789, followed by two folding leaves titled Copie de la Lettre de la Commission Intermédiare à M. Necker (neither called for in the collation).

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3 volumes, octavo (205 x 125 mm). Rebound to style by P. Vernhes of Montpellier in 20th-century dark purple quarter roan, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled paper boards and endpapers, edges red.


Engraved portrait frontispieces to volumes 1 and 3, head- and tailpieces. 1 folding table to volume 1, 4 to volume 2 (2 of which are coloured).


Binder's ticket to front free endpapers verso. Contents toned with occasional spotting and foxing, some minor worming to lower margins of volume 3, "Lettre de M. le marquis de Caraccioli a M. d'Alembert", sigs. B-C, else a very good set.


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