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SAY, Louis Auguste.

Traité élémentaire de la Richesse individuelle et de la Richesse Publique,

et éclaircissemens sur les principales questions d'économie politique.

Paris: Librairie Universelle de P. Mongie Aîné, 1827 Stock Code: 139991
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First edition of this economic study by the Nantes industrialist Louis Auguste Say (1774-1840), the brother of the more famous Jean-Baptiste, yet a significant economist in his own right. The present work is in two parts, the first discussing the moral and political implications of public and private wealth, and the second applying the principle of the distribution of wealth to industry, commerce, agriculture, and the arts.

With the bookplate of Michel Chevalier (1806-1879), French free market economist, engineer, and statesman. Schumpeter notes his significance: "Michel Chevalier was undoubtedly one of the most eminent economists of that period 1790-1870 - known to fame as the Chevalier of the Cobden-Chevalier commercial treaty between England and France (1860), which was followed by quasi-free-trade treaties between France and a number of other countries. His various activities, often in the service of, but never in subservience to, the French government produced a respectable quantity of valuable work of a factual nature and, occasionally, singularly infelicitous predictions such as that gold would fall in value (in 1859!) and that universal free trade would be realized before the century was out" (History of Economic Analysis, pp. 496-497).

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Octavo (201 x 125 mm). Early 20th-century brown half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, mottled sides with green paper tips, marbled endpapers.


A little rubbed, slight nicking and creasing to initial few leaves, light toning and sporadic foxing, chip and short closed tear at head of pp. 221/222 marginally impinging on text, a couple of other minor paper faults. A very good copy.


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