FORBONNAIS, François Véron de.

Recherches et Considerations sur les finances de France,

depuis l'année 1595 jusqu'à l'année 1721. Tome premier, Contenant les trois premiéres Epoques. Tome second, Contenant les deux derniéres Epoques.

Basel: Freres Cramer, 1758 Stock Code: 149654
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"The best work on the history of French finances"

First edition, called by McCulloch "the best work on the history of French finances".

Forbonnais (1722-1800) was a leading economist of the eighteenth century, and one of France's ablest administrators. After working in trade and industry for some years he realized his ambition of an official post in the government in 1756 when he was appointed general inspector of currency. This post inspired his many works on economic and financial subjects, of which this is the best known, surveying over a century of French finances, including the John Law period.

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Description

2 volumes, quarto (248 x 188 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, twin red and green morocco labels, gilt floral motifs to compartments, triple gilt fillets to covers, marbled endpapers, red edges. Housed in custom red cloth slipcase.

Illustrations

Titles printed in red and black, with printers device, decorative headpieces, 16 folding tables and numerous tables included in the text.

Condition

Bound without list of plates in vol. II. Small patches of worming to joints of vol. II, minute peripheral rubbing, light browning from turn-ins, some gentle offsetting from type contents clean and fresh; an excellent copy.

Bibliography

Einaudi 1927; Goldsmiths' 9390; Higgs 1782; INED 4441; Kress 5691; McCulloch, p. 346.

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