Eclaircissements demandés à M. N**, sur les Principes Economiques, & sur ses projets de législation; au nom des Propriétaires fonciers & des Cultivateurs François.

[Paris,] 1775.

Two works in one vol., 8vo, pp. x, 306; [3]–29, [1] blank (including the half-title), as in the Kress copy; good copies, both with generous margins, in a contemporary binding of full mottled calf, corners a little worn, headcap chipped, marbled endpapers, red edges, spine stamped gilt in compartments, with a gilt morocco lettering-piece.


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I: Rare first separate edition, first published in the Nouvelles Ephémérides, volume V, 1775, ‘extrait des nouvelles éphémérides économiques’ printed on verso of the cancel title. Daire considers this work to be the finest polemic of the Physiocratic school. Written following the publication of Necker’s Sur la législation et le commerce des grains (1775), Baudeau here presents, in magnificent style, the arguments of the Physiocrats against Necker’s theories.

Einaudi 344; Goldsmiths’ 11256; Higgs 6259; INED 276; Kress 7071; see Daire, Physiocrates (1846), pp. lxvii and 648.

II: First edition: ‘Éloge de la liberté, énumération de ses avantages’. Although the pamphlet carries the date 1774, it was evidentally not printed until the following year. The final page bears the text: ‘Lu & approuvé, ce 25 Avril 1775 … permis d’imprimer, ce 26 Avril 1775’.

Goldsmiths’ 11258; Higgs 5971; Hildenfinger, p. 15; INED 1171 bis; Kress 7003; not in Einaudi.

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