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Sur les finances. Ouvrage posthume de Pierre André ******, fils d'un bon laboureur, mis au jour par Mr.*, curé D*.
Londres 1775 - Royal octavo. Pp. viii, 293. Charming woodcut device to title, end-piece to the Préface, and a large head-piece to the first page. Plus folding engraved grid-map of France, incorporating title within elaborate cartouche, and 4 other folding tables, all printed on deckle-edged rug paper. Hardcover, bound in recent full olive-green calf, gilt-stamped lettering to spine, faint armorial stamp to title. Excellent wide-margined, untrimmed deckle-edged copy, preserved in the original state. Overall in fine condition, crisp folding plates. ~ First edition. Based on a much quoted manuscript note in the Library of Congress' copy ("l'on croit que cette sanglante diatribe des fermiers généraux a été composée, imprimée et répandue sous les auspices du ministère actuel [celui de Turgot & Malesherbes]") the book is often attributed to Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, Baron de l'Aulne (1727-1781), controller-general of France under Louis XVI. However, the attribution to Turgot is doubtful if not false. (For that matter see: Quérard: La France littéraire. Paris, Bibliothèque National, Catalogue géneral des livres imprimés; and also: Higgs, H. Bibliography of economics, 6403.) Also the imprint is false, and the book was probably printed in Paris or Amsterdam (see British Library Catalogue entry). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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