Paris. 1719. 7pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Very minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM40663
A French royal decree eliminating the tariffs on several items. "This decree abolishes the duty on olive, sweet almond, nut and fish oils, on fish itself and on playing cards" - Maggs. It also alters the tariffs on tobacco. In 1719, John Law's Compagnie d'Occident absorbed several other entities to become the present Compagnie des Indes. Wroth lists three copies; OCLC adds only one more. Rare. 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 707. MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 135 (this copy). OCLC 54193398.