Paris. 1723. 4pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Very minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM40670
A French royal decree "appointing special commissioners to hear the many cases concerning shares in the Compagnie des Indes" - Maggs. In 1721, the Compagnie had declared bankruptcy and was reorganized, after the Mississippi Bubble burst. Wroth records only one copy, at the John Crerar Library, and OCLC adds just one more, at NYPL. 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 1029. MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 278 (this copy). OCLC 44493195.