Paris: Chez la Veuve François Muguet & Hubert Muguet, 1712. 4pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Very minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM23780
Royal decree by Louis XIV allowing the rights to a tenth of the value of all prizes captured, usually allowed to the Admiral of France, to the Compagnie des Indes, until the expiration of their current license, after which the "dixième" will revert again to the Admiralty. Some of these prizes were seized in American waters. Wroth cites only one copy, that in the John Crerar Library; OCLC locates only one more at the University of Minnesota. Rare. This copy is from the library of Cardinal Etienne Charles de Lomenie de Brienne (1727-94), Minister of Louis XVI, Archbishop of Toulouse and of Sens. A friend of Voltaire and member of the Académie Française, Brienne wielded significant power as head of the Finance Ministry, which earned him many enemies. He died in prison during the French Revolution, despite having renounced Catholicism in 1793 (presumably as an attempt to save his life). MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 79 (this copy). WROTH, ACTS OF FRENCH ROYAL ADMINISTRATION 500. BELL F971 (ref). OCLC 62617219.