Remarques les avantages et les desavantages de la France et de la Gr. Bretagne, par rapport au commerce, et aux autres Sources de la Puissance des Etats.

Traduction de l'Anglois du Chevalier John Nickolls. Seconde edition.

Leyden: No publisher, 1754 Stock Code: 120792
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From the library of André Morellet

Second edition, published the same year as the first, of this popular work comparing the British and French political economies, this copy from the library of André Morellet, a collection which was largely acquired as reading material during the preparation of his Encyclopédie.

Although it claimed to be a translation, Plumard de Dangeul published the Remarques using his English pseudonym John Nickolls. It "quickly became the talk of Paris, went into a second edition within a fortnight, and two more before the end of the year. Mainstream periodicals excerpted the book, and even the king claimed to be reading it" (Shovlin, p. 45).

"From the 1750s until his death at age ninety-one in 1819, André Morellet formed a collection of over 4,700 titles with strong holdings of English language works, Elzevir editions, and eighteenth-century publications on political economy After completing his degree in theology in 1752, André Morellet (1727-1819) became recognized in Parisian literary circles as a writer of articles for the Encyclopédie and a supporter of liberal causes: religious tolerance, inoculation, penal reform, liberty of the press and freedom of commerce. Although of modest means, by 1754 he had already formed 'a small collection' of books. Upon his death at the age of ninety-one, his library, containing 4,736 titles, was sold at auction for a total of 22,169 francs The sale catalogue printed in 1819 contains an 'Avertissement' emphasizing three features of Morellet's collection: his holdings in political economy, described as 'the most complete collection which can be seen. It would be worthy of being placed in the library of a Minister or a statesman'; the history division, 'which contains everything that has been published of interest and importance on the French Revolution', and 'a large number of Elzevir and Variorum editions Most of these are not so indicated in this catalogue' (i-ii)" (Medlin, pp. 574-5).

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Duodecimo (171 x 100 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, red morocco label to spine, arched scrollwork to spine in gilt, boards triple-ruled in gilt, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Title page printed in red and black. Engraved headpiece.


Bookplate of André Morellet to front pastedown, armorial bookplate of Baron Stamp of Shortlands, Kent to front free endpaper, occasional neat pencil annotations to the text. Extremities worn, joints split but firm, some minor loss to spine ends, small tear to lower corner of leaf G5, otherwise a bright copy.


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