Two vols bound in one, pp. , [xxii], 296, ; , [vi], 288, ; added engraved title to each vol.; occasional very faint marginal damp staining, but a very good copy in contemporary panelled calf, sides stamped in blind with a gilt rolled border, panelled spine profusely decorated and lettered in gilt; some worm work denting the surface of both sides (but not piercing through).
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B. Morvan de. Reflexions sur ce qui peut plaire ou deplaire dans le commerce du monde ... Seconde édition, revue & corrigée ...
Second, corrected edition of this philosophical and moral treatise. Two printings of this second edition appeared in 1699, one in Paris and this one in Amsterdam.
See Kress 3150 (edn. La Haye, 1720; only part 2).
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