L'Ordre naturel et essentiel des Sociétés Politiques.London: John Nouse, and Paris, de Saint, 1767 Stock Code: 119925
Praised by Adam Smith—the second of Schumpeter's physiocrat textbooksFirst edition by "the ablest expositor of this i.e. physiocratic system" (McCulloch), written following Le Mercier's retirement from Parliament in 1759. Praised by Adam Smith and Diderot amongst others, L'Ordre naturel was, according to Palgrave, considered more highly than L'Esprit des loix by some of Le Mercier's contemporaries. The author argues that there is a natural law of property which is based on the physical order of nature, and which underlies all other laws. Taxation and the use of public revenue by the ruler are both governed by the natural law of property. Schumpeter lists this work as the second text-book of Physiocrat orthodoxy (the first being Mirabeau's Philosophie rurale).
Quarto (255 x 195 mm). Contemporary French mottled calf, triple-rule border in blind to covers, spine ruled and decorated gilt in compartments, red morocco label, marbled endpapers, red edges, green silk ribbon marker.
Joints and corners professionally repaired; occasional light spotting; a very good copy.
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