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BOESNIER DE L'ORME, Paul.

De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.

Paris: Debure, 1775 Stock Code: 120540
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"One of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs)

First edition of 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 Debure, as do the Mattioli and Sraffa copies, but some have the imprint of Delalaine (no priority established). It is both institutionally and commercially scarce as the book was "suppressed because it attacked the Fermieres Généraux" (Sraffa Library). Library Hub locates just one copy with the Debure imprint in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge), and WorldCat adds six more worldwide.

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Description

Octavo (198 x 121 mm). Contemporary half vellum, title hand written to spine in ink, brown speckled boards, red sprinkled edges.

Illustrations

Engraved head- and tailpieces.

Condition

Early ownership label to front pastedown. Extremities rubbed, spine ends bumped, boards lightly scuffed, front pastedown a little stripped and discoloured from removal of bookplate, front hinge cracked but firm, minor loss to leaf R3 not affecting text, overall a bright, clean copy.

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