8vo, pp. cxxxvi; leaves browned with some spotting (sometimes severe); title-page cut away along blank fore-margin affecting just some text on the verso, re-margined with old paper; paper repair to outer corner of final leaf (just touching text); contemporary full vellum, loss to upper part of spine.
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Memoria ad oggetto di varie politiche ed economiche ragioni e temi di utili raccordi che in causa del monetaggio di Napoli s’espongono e propongono agli spettabili Signori, convocati di Real Ordine dall’ Illustre Marchese di Vallesantoro, Segretario di Stato della Real Azienda. E incidentemente con quest’ occasione si risolve la sì difficile, e strepitosa controversia sulla ricompra delle pubbliche entrate, o siano arrendamenti, alienati col Patto di non ricomprare: così detto Dazione In Solutum. Si ragiona del Censimento, o sia Catasto, proponendosi il Modo di farlo col desiato Frutto, e senza intoppi. E s’espone il Saggio, o sia l’idea di sette utili trattati, da pubblicarsi. De’ quali nella quì addietro Pagina si contiene il Titolo.
Rare first and only edition of this fierce attack against the ministers of Palermo, criticising their acts. The work caused the author to be exiled from Palermo in the year of publication. Broggia, a Neapolitan merchant, is credited as being one of the true developers of a pure theory of taxation. Schumpeter describes his Trattato de’ Tributi, delle Monete, e del Governo politico della Sanità (1743) as ‘a digest of all that was best, not only in the public-finance literature of the eighteenth century but also in most of that of the nineteenth’ (p. 205).
Einaudi 707; not in Goldsmiths’ or Kress; only one copy recorded in NUC and OCLC (ICU).
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