Principes de tout gouvernement,
ou Examen des causes de la splendeur ou de la foiblesse de tout État considéré en lui-même, & indépendament des mœurs.Paris, J. Th. Hérissant fils, 1766 Stock Code: 122820
NotesFirst edition of this important contribution to the population debate by Claude François-Joseph d'Auxiron (1728-1778), a key non-physiocratic economist prior to Malthus and one of the earliest advocates of the importance of mathematical economics. "Auxiron's work is significant chiefly because of his analysis of the determinants of population capacity, and his treatment of the relation between population growth and the interoccupational and interclass movements and balance in society" (Spengler, p. 296).
2 volumes in 1, duodecimo (156 x 94 mm). Contemporary quarter speckled calf, twin calf spine labels, spine ruled in gilt with floral roundels to four compartments, patterned paper boards, edges sprinkled red, blue page marker.
Woodcut vignette title pages, woodcut head- and tailpieces.
Volume 1 lacking the terminal blank. Early inscription in French to title page. Extremities a little rubbed, front joint starting, front free endpaper partly loose, contents occasionally spotted, very minor loss to top corners of Q3-4, overall a bright, clean copy.
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