Paris. 1723. 4pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Near fine. Item #WRCAM40669
A French royal decree calling for an assembly to elect trustees for the Compagnie des Indes. In 1721, the Compagnie had declared bankruptcy and was reorganized, after the Mississippi Bubble burst. Wroth records only the copy at NYPL, and OCLC adds just two more, at Harvard and the University of Minnesota. Rare. From the library of Cardinal Etienne Charles de Lomenie de Brienne (1727-94), 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 1012. MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 270 (this copy). OCLC 44492890.