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HUME, David.

Discours politiques.

Traduits de l'anglois par Mr. de M***.

Amsterdam: Chez J. Schreuder & Pierre Mortier le Jeune, 1754-7 Stock Code: 132008
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Includes Cantillon's Essai in the edition read by Karl Marx

First edition of this important series of economic publications, published in view of the increasing interest in works of political economy appearing in France, England, and Holland. In 1754 Schreuder and Mortier published the first volume, Hume's Political Discourses. Owing to the growing interest and the relative scarcity of earlier publications, the publishers decided to continue the series, issuing each volume with two title-pages, one a general title-page to the series Discours politiques, the other a title-page for the first work of the relevant volume. A sixth volume was published in 1758, rarely found with the set, without a general title-page, but the preface to that volume clearly shows that volume to be an addition to the series in the view of the publishers.

Details of the collection are as follows:

Volume I: HUME, David. Discours politiques de Mr. David Hume. Amsterdam, 1754.

Volume II: O'HEGUERTY, Comte de Magnières. Essai sur les Intérêts du Commerce maritime.

FORBONNAIS, François Véron de. Considérations sur les finances d'Espagne.

FORBONNAIS, François Véron de. Réflexions sur la nécessité de comprendre l'étude du commerce et des finances dans celle de la politique.

BOLINGBROKE, Lord. Réflexions politiques sur l'état present de l'Angleterre, principalement à l'égard de ses taxes et de ses dettes, et sur leurs causes et leurs conséquences.

LE BLANC. Ouvrages sur le commerce, les finances, etc., qui ont paru depuis deux à trois ans. Amsterdam, 1756.

Volume III: DISCOURS prononcés au parlement d'Angleterre, dans la chambre des pairs, pour et contre la liberté du commerce au Levant, avec le bill, ou loi intervenue à ce sujet.

CANTILLON, Richard. Essai sur la nature du commerce en général. Amsterdam, 1756.

Volumes IV and V: GOUDAR, Ange. Les Intérêts de la France mal entendus dans la branche de l'agriculture. Amsterdam, 1757.

Takumi Tsuda, in his Cantillon, Essai de la Nature du Commerce en général, (1979), stresses the rarity of these volumes: "Les Discours politiques édités par Mauvillon sont devenus si rares aujourd'hui, que les renseignements sur cette collection sont souvent confus et contradictoires". He gives a detailed list of the collection (pp. 417-8), and a list of locations of various volumes. The British Library has only the first five volumes; interestingly, it was this edition of Cantillon that Karl Marx read while researching in the British Museum for Das Kapital.

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5 volumes, octavo (150 x 92 mm). Early 19th-century marbled boards, roan spines decorated gilt, red and green labels, sprinkled edges.


Titles printed in red and black, with engraved vignette, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials.


Spine extremities and joints very lightly rubbed; a little light spotting, margins trimmed quite close; an attractive set.


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