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HUME, David.

Essais sur le commerce; le luxe; l'argent; l'intérêt de l'argent; les impôts; le crédit public, et la balance du commerce.

Traduction nouvelle, avec des Réflexions du Traducteur. Et lettre d'un négociant de Londres, à un de ses amis … Traduite sur la seconde édition, imprimée à Londres en 1765.

Paris & Lyon, Saillant & Aimé Delaroche, 1767 Stock Code: 120782
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Third edition in French of Hume's Political Discourses, translating the seven essays on economics which first appeared in English in 1752. Together they rank as one of the major economic writings of the 18th century. Hume's specific contributions to economic thought include the so-called "specie-flow mechanism" and the "theory of creeping inflation". O'Brien describes Hume's two essays "Of Money" and "Of the Balance of Trade" as forming "nothing less than the foundation of classical monetary economics" (The Classical Economists, p. 7ff). Although the translation has generally been attributed to Mademoiselle de la Chaux, Laurence Bongie has argued that it cannot be so conclusively credited.

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Description

Octavo (166 x 103 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco label to spine, compartments ruled in gilt with floral motifs, raised bands, boards ruled in blind, marbled endpapers and edges.

Illustrations

Engraved head- and tailpieces.

Condition

Annotations to front free endpaper verso and rear free endpaper recto. Extremities lightly rubbed, corners bruised, contents tanned with a few ink marks, otherwise a very good copy.

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