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Le grand tresor historique et politique du florissant commerce des Hollandois, dans tous les etats et empires du monde ... Ouvrage aussi curieux que nécessaire à tous les négocians.

Paris, François Fournier, 1714.

12mo, pp. [24, lacking the final leaf of the table], 332, [2]; woodcut initials; occasional very light foxing; very good in contemporary calf, spine richly gilt in compartments with lettering-piece, edges sprinkled red; some wear to corners, a few marks to covers; engraved bookplate of ‘Mathieu Bonafous de Lyon’ to front pastedown.

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Later edition of this work on Dutch commerce and trade attributed to Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630–1721), famous as the editor of the Delphin Classics, with a charming bookplate.

Following a swift summary of European commerce from the year 1000, the text examines Dutch manufacturing and merchandise, and trade between the United Provinces and Europe, Asia, and, in particular, the East Indies.

This copy contains the engraved bookplate of the French botanist Matthieu Bonafous (1793–1852) of Lyon, director of Turin’s royal gardens. Beneath his name runs the text, ‘I read a good book for the first time and take therefrom the same pleasure as if making a new friend. I reread a book that I have read, and it is an old friend that I see again’ (trans.). This charming pensée is occasionally, as here, attributed to Voltaire, or described as a ‘Chinese proverb’.

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