Paris. 1720. 4pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Very minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM40665
A French royal decree concerning oversight of the shareholders in the Compagnie des Indes. In 1719, John Law's Compagnie d'Occident absorbed several other entities to become the present Compagnie des Indes. There was a considerable need for oversight, given the excessive speculation in the Compagnie. Wroth records only one copy, at NYPL; OCLC adds just two more, at Harvard and the University of Minnesota. Rare. 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). WROTH, ACTS OF FRENCH ROYAL ADMINISTRATION 843. MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 206 (this copy). OCLC 47241713.