Eloge politique de Colbert: qui n’a point été présenté à l’Academie Française pour le prix de la St. Louis 1773.

Lausanne, n.p., 1775.

8vo, pp. [4], viii, 210, [2], including three folding tables; occasional very mild foxing, else a crisp copy in recent calf-backed boards, spine decorated in blind in compartments with red morocco lettering-piece.


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First edition. This work provides a detailed examination of Colbert’s financial and economic work, with detailed information about the situation in France since his ministry. Colbert was the contrôleur général under Louis XIV and a firm believer in the mercantilist doctrine that the expansion of commerce was essential for the wealth of the state. He was less interested in internal trade and maintained restrictions and tariffs which in effect left the internal economy stagnant. The Physiocrats were to oppose this approach in favour of strengthening and liberalising the internal economy; Turgot tried to dismantle many elements of Colbert’s system.

Goldsmiths’ 11272; Higgs 6271; Kress 7152; INED 4519; not in Mattioli.

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