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DUPONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel.

De l'origine et des progrès d'une science nouvelle.

Bound with: Le Mercier de la Rivière: L'ordre naturel et essentiel des sociétés politiques. London: John Nourse and Paris: Desaint, 1767.

London & Paris: Desaint, 1768 Stock Code: 93587
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First edition of undoubtedly one of the scarcest of Dupont's works, and probably one of the most successful publications promoting physiocracy. The work is based on Le Mercier de la Rivière's L'Ordre naturel et essentiel des Sociétés politiques (with which it is here bound), which Adam Smith referred to as "the most distinct and best connected account of this doctrine". Schumpeter, in his discussion on the physiocrats, calls Dupont "by far the ablest of the lot" (p. 226) and Palgrave notes; "If Quesnay was the father of physiocracy, Dupont was its godfather, for he gave it its name by the publication of his Physiocratie... a collection of Quesnay's articles, which the editor introduced by a Discours."

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Description

2 works bound in 2 volumes, duodecimo (163 x 92 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spines decorated gilt in compartments, red morocco labels, red edges. Housed in a brown flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Condition

De l'origine without the terminal errata leaf (as called for by Sraffa). Engraved bookplate of Mr. Brossays Duperray to front pastedowns. A superb copy.

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