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l'Intérêt général de l'état, ou la liberté du commerce des blés, démontrée conforme au droit naturel; au droit public de la France; aux loix fondamentales du royaume; à l'intérêt commun du souverain & de les sujets dans tous les temps: avec la réfutation d'un nouveau systême, publié en forme de dialogues, sur le commerce des blés.
Amsterdam, Desaint, 1770. 12mo (16.7 x 9.5 cm). 16, 418 pp. Contemporary full calf. Board edges finely blind-tooled, spine with five raised bands, rich gilt with floral patterns and burgundy morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Edges red.l A very rare and important early work on general interest, with different views on the freedom of trade and taxation, in particular of the economically most important food source, grain. The title roughly translates as: "General interest of the state, or freedom of the corn trade, demonstrated in conformity with natural right, the public right of France, to the fundamental laws of the kingdom, to the common interest of the ruler, and his subjects, in all time: with the refutation of a new system, published in the form of dialogues on the corn trade.". The author, not named in this publication, was the French physiocrat Pierre-Paul Le Mercier, or Lemercier, de La Rivière (1719-1801), advisor to the Parliament of Paris from 1747 until the abolition of the offices by the Revolution, and - thanks to Madame de Pompadour - intendant of Martinique between 1759 and 1764. "Physiocracy (from the Greek for "Government of Nature") is an economic theory developed by a group of 18th century enlightened French economists who believed that the wealth of nations was derived solely from the value of 'land agriculture' or 'land development' and that agricultural products should be highly priced. Their theories originated in France and were most popular during the second half of the 18th century. Physiocracy is perhaps the first well-developed theory of economics." (Wikipedia). Corners a bit rubbed; rear board joint with short split at spine end. A very good, clean copy. Einaudi 3305; Goldsmiths' 10641; INED 2791bis; Higgs 4959; Kress 6744. Not in Brunet.
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