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NECKER, Jacques.

Sur le compte rendu au roi en 1781.

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Lyon: Bernuset & Compagnie, 1788 Stock Code: 126503
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Necker writing in self-defence

The octavo Lyon-Bernuset issue. This is Necker's vehement defence against accusations made by his successor, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, who claimed that Necker's tenure as comptroller-general of finances was not the success it was generally perceived as, and that Necker's celebrated Compte rendu - a balance sheet of his administration which gave the first-ever public exposition of French royal finances - was based on incorrect figures. Eventually the claims were proved to be unfounded, Calonne was dismissed, and Necker returned to office shortly thereafter.

The shorter version of Necker's report was first published in Paris in 1781 under the title Compte rendu au roi (Einaudi records two issues, 4093 and 4094). The present extended text appeared in a number of issues in 1788, in both quarto and octavo formats, with no priority assigned. As well as the Lyon-Bernuset imprint, Kress records a Lyon-Regnault imprint, and other sources cite the Parisian issue published by Hotel de Thou. This latter imprint appears to be more prevalent in institutions and commerce than those from Lyon.

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Octavo (198 x 126 mm). Rebound to style by P. Vernhes of Montpellier in 20th-century dark purple quarter roan, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled paper boards and endpapers, edges red.


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Binder's ticket to front free endpaper verso. Slight surface abrasion to head of spine, contents toned and occasionally spotted, minor loss to fore edge of sig. B3 not affecting text, else a very good copy.


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