Paris. 1722. 4pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Very minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM40667
A French royal decree giving to the Compagnie des Indies, in perpetuity, the forts and trading posts which they established off the coast of Guinea. The previous year, after the Mississippi Bubble burst, the Compagnie had declared bankruptcy and was reorganized. Wroth records only three copies; OCLC adds no 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 981. MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 255 (this copy).