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SANDRAS, Gatien Courtilz de.

The political last testament of Monsieur John Baptist Colbert.

Late minister and secretary of state to Lewis XIV. Wherein is an account of all that hath passed under the reign of that king, unto the year 1684. With remarks upon the government of the kingdom of France. Translated out of the French, and premised with the life of Mr. Colbert. And a chronological table of the dates, which are chiefly wanting. By John Augustine Bernard. Sometime Fellow of Br.N.Col. and P.P. of moral philosophy, Oxon.

London, Printed for Charles Brome, 1695 Stock Code: 126894
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First edition in English of this spurious memoir of the French statesman John Baptist Colbert, Minister of Finances under Louis XIV, generally accepted to have been written by the French novelist Gatien Courtilz de Sandras. Under Colbert ministry France's finances were rejuvenated, with bankruptcy averted and manufacturing and trade improved. The first French edition was published the previous year.

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Description

Octavo. Contemporary brown calf, rebacked with tan calf, red morocco label to spine, spine lettered in gilt on label and direct, gilt panelling to covers, gilt edges.

Condition

Bath Public Library stamp to inner front cover with lifted pastedown, their blindstamp to some pages. Edges worn, contents browned, rear pastedown absent. A good copy.

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