ARREST DU CONSEIL D'ESTAT DU ROY, POUR LA PRISE DE POSSESSION PAR LA COMPAGNIE DES INDES DU PRIVILEGE DE LA VENTE EXCLUSIVE DU CAFFE, SOUS LE NOM DE PIERRE LE SUEUR, A COMMENCER AU PREMIER NOVEMBRE 1723. DU 12 OCTOBRE 1723.

Paris. 1723. 7pp. Quarto, printed on folded folio sheets, unstitched as issued. Mild toning at left edge of titlepage; minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Very good. Item #WRCAM34685

A French royal decree "concerning the coffee monopoly of the Compagnie des Indes" - Maggs. Wroth cites only the copy, at NYPL; OCLC adds only one more, at the University of Minnesota. 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 a 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). WROTH, ACTS OF FRENCH ROYAL ADMINISTRATION 1036. MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 282 (this copy). OCLC 42387426.

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Coffee Monopoly for the Compagnie des Indes