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BERGASSE, Nicolas.

Lettre au sujet de sa protestation contre les assignats-monnoie,

accompagnée d'un tableau comparatif du systême de Law avec le systême de la caisse d'escompte & des assignats-monnoie, et suivie de quelques réflexions sur un article du Patriote François, rédigé par M. Brissot de Warville.

[Paris: s.n., c.1790] Stock Code: 126548
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First edition of the Lyonnaise deputy's zealous pamphlet protesting the issue of assignats by the National Assembly, famously forecasting them to be as disastrous as John Law's failed banking venture seventy years previous, written in the wake of the April 1790 decree; here bound without the 15 page reflection on Brissot's article.

Bergasse "so vehemently opposed the confiscation of Church lands and the issuing of assignats that he boycotted the National Assembly after its first key vote on the matter and he mounted an energetic campaign against them, cleverly interweaving claims about the illegitimacy of their creation with assertions about their susceptibility to counterfeiting He had copies of his pamphlet, Protestation contre les assignats-monnoie, sent to Chambers of Commerce all across France; it was commented upon in La Rochelle and in Le Havre; in Paris, both Jacques Necker and a number of aristocrats remarked upon it" (Spang, pp. 129-30), though the reaction was more frequently negative: Bergasse was denounced on the floor of the Assembly as a traitor and in the pages of the Journal de Paris as a deserter.

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Description

Octavo (196 x 123 mm), pp. 56. Rebound in recent patterned card boards.

Condition

Without the 15 page supplement "…réflexions sur un article du 'Patriote français', rédigé par M. Brissot de Warville", often bound together. Contents browned and occasionally foxed, else a very good copy.

Bibliography

Goldsmiths' 14214; Einaudi 442. Rebecca L. Spang, Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution, 2015.

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