Nouveaux & anciens principes du commerce comparés, ou Traité sur les principes du commerce entre les nations; avec un appendice ... ouvrage traduit de l’Anglois.

London, Galabin, 1789.

8vo, pp. xvi, 167, [1], with a folding table after p. 140 (last line slightly cropped); a very good copy in contemporary quarter calf over blue paper boards, gilt fillets and gilt-lettered red label to spine, edges sprinkled red; small worm track to foot of upper joint, a few small scrapes to covers and edges, corners a little bumped.

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First French translation of New and old principles of trade compared (1788) by the political reformer and close friend of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Vaughan. Vaughan’s text ‘displayed a thorough familiarity with both French and Scottish sources on commercial theory and policy, and advocated (among other things) replacing Britain’s protectionist trade restrictions with mutually beneficial free trade agreements. Vaughan sent 400 copies to Paris for distribution by Thomas Jefferson in 1789 ... [it] stands as one of the ... fullest celebrations of Smithian political economy and free trade ...’ (David Burrow (ed.), Sociability and cosmopolitanism: social bonds on the fringes of the Enlightenment). This French translation is the work of Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval (1736-1812), the French diplomat and ambassador who negotiated a commercial treaty with the British in 1786.

ESTC T177760.

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