Examen du livre intitulé réflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce.The Hague, Vaillant & Nicolas Prevôt, 1740 Stock Code: 93440
NotesFirst edition. Pâris-Duverney and Deschamps refute Dutot's Réflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce (1738) - a favourable consideration of John Law's paper currency system. Pâris-Duverney (the third of the four brothers Pâris, whose financial plans had been accepted under the Regency in 1716) had fallen into disgrace with the rise of Law, then risen again with Law's fall in 1720. In the Examen, he and Deschamps made a clear and tersely-argued refutation of Dutot and Law, warmly praising the Visa, and providing a detailed history of the Mississippi scheme and its collapse. "The different operations of this scheme are explained so fully, so clearly, and with so much order and distinctness, by Mr. Du Verney in his Examination of the Political Reflections upon Commerce and Finances of Mr. Du Tot, that I shall not give any account of them" (Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, 1776, I, 385).
2 volumes, octavo (157 x 91 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, brown morocco labels, spines lettered in gilt and gilt-tooled in compartments, red edges, marbled endpapers.
With folding letterpress table to vol. II.
20th-century bookplates to front pastedowns. Half-titles and terminal errata present (both errata leaves bound in vol. I). Hinges lightly rubbed, otherwise an excellent, fresh, copy.
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