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CONDORCET, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de
Vie de Monsieur Turgot
Published by London: [no publisher stated]. London, s.e., 1786; 8vo. + 299 pp. + 1 pp.n.ch. d'errata, full vellum with flaps from the 19th century, smooth spine, tan title piece, speckled edges. The true first edition of Condorcet's life of Turgot, Gertis's edition A, the first of four editions published with a London imprint in 1786. one of four published under the date 1786; this print corresponds to Einaudi's collation [(2) ff., 299 pp., (1) p. d'errata], which presents it as the first, and therefore differs from the 287 pp. edition. with portrait reported by INED under n ° 1186. Condorcet was a strong supporter of Turgot, who had attempted to implement physiocratic ideas as the French finance minister from 1774 to 1776. His biography seeks to vindicate Turgot's thought and work, and is a powerful defence of Enlightenment economic ideas. Seven editions appeared within two years, making it one of the best-selling works of economics of its day. From the Thomas Carnegy of Craigo library (armorial ex-libris). A beautiful copy, well preserved. Housed in a cloth clamshell box with leather label. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Reginald C. Williams Rare Books [Glendale, CA, U.S.A.]
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