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DUPONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel. TURGOT, Anne Robert Jacques.

Œuvres posthumes,

ou Mémoire sur les administrations provinciales, mis en parallele avec celui de M. Necker, suivi d'une lettre sur ce plan, & des observations d'un républicain sur ces mémoires; & en général sur le bien qu'on doit attendre de ces administrations dans les monarchies.

Lausanne: no publisher, 1787 Stock Code: 114588
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First edition, published by Honoré Gabriel Mirabeau, son of Victor de Riquetti. The work was originally drawn up by Du Pont de Nemours in 1776 under the title Mémoire sur les municipalités after a draft left by Turgot. The Lettre which begins on page 99 was written by Du Pont de Nemours and the Observations (p. 113ff.) by Brissot de Warville. The work was reprinted in 1788 under the title Des administrations provinciales.

Turgot was opposed to the summoning of the states-general advocated by Malesherbes, possibly on the ground that the two privileged orders would have too much power in them. His own plan is found in the Mémoire, which was submitted informally to the King.

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Octavo (195 x 120 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco label, smooth spine tooled in gilt, triple rule border to boards with flower cornerpieces, inner gilt dentelles, edges blue, marbled endpapers.


Engraved portrait frontispiece.


Acquisition date to rear free endpaper in red ballpoint pen. Rear joint skilfully repaired, extremities worn, small chip to bottom edge of rear board, tiny loss to top corner of title and following leaf. A very good copy with bright contents.


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