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HERBERT, Claude Jacques.

Essai sur la police générale des grains.

London: 1753 Stock Code: 127715
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A significant pre-physiocratic French economics text

First edition of Herbert's work on the grain trade. McCulloch calls the work "in all respects, an excellent treatise; and may, indeed, be safely placed at the head of the works on commerce that had appeared in France, or anywhere else on the Continent, previously to the era of Quesnay and the Economists. It is clearly and ably written; and contains every argument that could be advanced to show the pernicious consequences of restrictions on the corn trade, and the advantages of freedom, with the exception of those that may be deduced from the new doctrines as to rent and profits" (The Literature of Political Economy). Only twelve copies are known in institutions.

The work is bound in a heterogeneous sammelband, with the other five works comprising, respectively:

1) BOISSY, Louis de. Le Comte de Neuilli, ou le Duc de Surrey, Comédie Heroïque. Paris: Chez Prault. 1746. First edition of this satirical comedy by the French playwright. Rare, with four copies on WorldCat.

2) DESFORGES, Esprit-Jean-Baptiste. Drophead title: Lettre critique sur la tragedie de Semiramis. 1748. First edition of this critique of Voltaire's play. Rare, with four copies on WorldCat.

3) SEVESTRE, Louis, purported: Les Caractères du siècle, en vers. L'Esprit de la cour, par M.***. Paris: De l'Imprimerie de L. Sevestre, 1724. First edition of this satirical work. Exceedingly rare, with copies known only in Manchester and the BNF.

5) BRET, Antoine. La Double Extravagance, Comédie en 3 actes et en vers. Paris: Chez Delaguette, 1750. First edition of this satirical play. Rare, with copies known in six institutions.

6) PORÉE, Charles Gabriel. Le pour et contre de la possession des filles de la parroisse de Landes, diocèse de Bayeux. Antioche Paris?: 1738. First edition of this critique of the alleged demonic possession of girls in Landes in 1732. Scarce, with copies known in ten institutions.

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Octavo (183 x 116 mm), bound fourth in a volume of 6 works (see below). Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco label, smooth spine richly gilt with floral motifs, marbled endpapers, red edges.


Contemporary hand written index to front free endpaper, contemporary annotations to third work. Bound without half-titles. A couple of patches of abrasion to covers, some sporadic interior blemishes, short tear at head of p. 45 of fifth work, yet overall an exceptional copy, joints and hinges intact, generally bright and clean.


References for Herbert: Carpenter XVI (1); Goldsmiths' 8781; Higgs 472; INED 2255; McCulloch, p. 84; ESTC N70446. This edition not in Kress, Mattioli or Sraffa.


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