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LAFFEMAS, Isaac de.
L'Histoire du commerce de France. Enrichie des plus notables antiquitez du traffic des païs estranges.
Paris: Toussaincts du Bray,, 1606. Duodecimo (138 x 83 mm). Contemporary vellum over paste boards, acquisition number in ink on front cover and spine. Printer's woodcut device on title, complete with the terminal 2 blank leaves. Remains of paper spine label, deerskin ties lacking; small waterstain to the bottom 3 cm of the gutter, and to the upper margin of the last few leaves, ink splash to the margins of leaves Aii-Aiii; a very well preserved copy in an attractive contemporary binding. First edition of Iasaac de Laffemas's History of Commerce in France, extremely scarce. Son of Barthélemy de Laffemas, the first great mercantilist minister of France, Isaac obtained the position of civil lieutenant of Paris, and subsequently member of the council of state. Like his father, he embraced the idea of improving manufacture in France in order to achieve national economic self-sufficiency and produce higher levels of export. Isaac produced this work at the young age of 19, in which he restated much of his father's ideas, at the same time praising the king for his involvement. Drawing upon a number of historical accounts and sources, Laffemas discusses the practices of other nations involved in manufacture and commerce, mentioning glass, horses, perfumes, spices, and trade in Russia, China, Arabia and Hormuz, among other products and places. The similarities of argument used by the son lead us to conjecture that the Father may also have had a hand in the authorship of the book. Goldsmiths' 354. Not in INED, Kress, Mattioli or Sraffa. OCLC locates 8 copies worldwide. [Attributes: … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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