Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1729. 20pp. Quarto. Contemporary inscription. Very minor foxing. Fine. Item #WRCAM37441
A very rare decree confirming the privileges of the Compagnie des Indes. This Arrest was "prompted by the unloading from a Dutch boat coming from Alexandria and the public sale in Dunkirk, a free port, of a certain quantity of coffee. The interesting legal point is here raised as to the validity of the Company's privileges, in this case as regards its coffee monopoly, in a free port" - Maggs. Wroth does not cite any locations for this title, only mentioning that it had been reprinted in LE COMMERCE DE L'AMÉRIQUE (Avignon, 1764). OCLC cites only a single copy, at the James Ford Bell Library. From the library of Cardinal Etienne Charles de Lomenie de Brienne (1727-1794), Minister of Louis XVI, Archibishop of Toulouse and of Sens. A friend of Voltaire and a member of the Académie Française, Brienne wielded significant power as 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 346 (this copy). WROTH, ACTS OF FRENCH ROYAL ADMINISTRATION 1187. OCLC 47820819.