BOESNIER DE L'ORME, Paul.

De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.

Paris: Delalain, 1775 Stock Code: 104258
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First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page: "Le Prieur de Cheverny, Ex dono authoris". This is the principal work of the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793), "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). This copy has the imprint of Delalaine; the Mattioli and Sraffa copies have the imprint of Debure: "no priority established" (Sraffa Library). Scarce: "This book was suppressed because it attacked the Fermieres Généraux" (Sraffa Library); Library Hub locates just 2 copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Senate House, Manchester), WorldCat adds a handful of copies worldwide. An attractive and most uncommon association copy: Cheverny, in the Loire Valley, lies about 10km from Blois, Boesnier de l'Orme's birthplace.

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Description

Octavo (210 x 128 mm). Mid-19th century French dark green quarter calf, marbled sides, gilt panelled spine, top edges speckled, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers.

Condition

Gilt arms of Gitton du Plessis in tail compartment of spine; discreet book label of P. de la Morandière to front pastedown. A touch of foxing in places. An excellent copy, tall and clean, with the half-title.

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