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SAVARY, Jacques.

Dictionnaire universel de commerce:

contentant tout ce qui concerne le commerce qui se fait dans les quatre parties du monde, par terre, par mer, de proche en proche, & par des voyages de long cours, tant en gros qu'en détail... Ouvrage posthume du Sieur Jacques Savary des Bruslons, Inspecteur general des manufactures, pour le Roy, à la Doüane de Paris, continué sur les mémoires de l'auteur, et donné au public par M. Philemon Louis Savary.

Paris: Jacques Estienne, 1723-30 Stock Code: 89895
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The first commercial dictionary

First edition, complete with the supplementary volume, of the first commercial dictionary, produced by the two sons of Jacques Savary, author of Le Parfait Négociant. Savary wrote on commercial topics with considerable authority in that he made a large fortune through commerce. He suffered both politically and financially from the disgrace of Fouquet (1661), who was his patron, but he later made good his name and was admitted in 1670 into the council established to undertake commercial reforms. The work was successful and useful in the commercial world and describes aspects of trade and commerce as well as legal and historical matters. Among the subjects covered are trading cities throughout the world and their manufactures, fisheries, colonies and plantations in America, trading companies and corporations (including histories of the South Sea and East India Companies), currency and banking (including an account of John Law's Mississippi Bank) etc. Malachy Postlethwayt translated the dictionary in 1751-52, and it provided the basis for his own commercial dictionary.

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3 volumes, folio (386 x 250). Contemporary mottled calf, spines decorated gilt in compartments, red lettering and numbering labels, marbled endpapers.


Spines worn at extremities, front cover of vol. 1 scratched with small loss of leather, front joint of vol. 3 cracked but still firm, lower cover with a small section gnawed away, corners and extremities worn. Tape repairs to two preliminary leaves in vol. 1, a little marginal worming, blank corner of one leaf in vol. 3 torn away, still a very good set.


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