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QUESNAY, François - ALBON, C. C. F., Comte de.

Eloge historique de M. Quesnay.

Bound last with three other works.

Paris: Didot, 1775 Stock Code: 107291
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Very rare first edition in book form of this obituary of Quesnay, which first appeared in the Nouvelles ephémérides économiques, in May 1775. Another edition, by Cailleau, appeared later the same year. Albon here gives an outline of physiocratic teaching, and points out Quesnay's influential distinction between the natural and the legal right, something that had been confounded by earlier writers, such as Grotius, Pufendorf, and Vattel. Pages 84 to 100 contain Albon's Lettre sur le commerce, les fabrications, & la consommation des objets de luxe, an article that had been published the previous year in the Journal d'agriculture.

Camille d'Albon (1753-1789) was the very model of a liberal aristocrat of the pre-revolutionary period in France - philanthropist, agricultural improver, town planner, pamphleteer, minor politician, even lesser littérateur, and patron of the arts. He associated with the physiocrats, was an editor of Baudeau's Nouvelles Éphémérides (1775-6), and wrote studies of Chamousset and his close friend Court de Gebelin, as well as a number of pamphlets on agrarian reform, and the Discours politiques (a work on the economy and politics of several Euopean countries).

Bound before the Albon are three works of literary criticism, all in first edition:

I. FERRI, Giovanni, Conte di S. Constant. Mélanges littéraires et philosophiques. Avignon, 'et se trouve à Paris chez les Marchands de Nouvautés', 1775

II. AQUIN DE CHÂTEAU-LYON, Pierre-Louis d'. Éloge de Molière en vers avec notes curieuses. Par le petit-cousin de Rabelais. London, i.e. Paris, 1775.

III. NAIGEON, Jacques André. Éloge de La Fontaine, qui a concouru pour le prix de l'Académie de Marseille en 1774. Bouillon, for the Societé Typographique, 1775.

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Octavo (200 x 120 mm). Contemporary French mottled calf, spine decorated gilt, with two red morocco lettering-pieces, edges red, marbled endpapers.


Contemporary manuscript table of contents to front free endpaper. Extremities a little worn, four small wormholes to rear joint, printed paper shelf labels to foot of spine.


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