Paris. 1723. 4pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Very minor soiling on first page. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM40672
A French royal decree concerning an earlier Arrest: "Instituting a safe deposit where holders may leave shares rather than run the risk of loss or theft by keeping them in their houses, or when going on a long journey" (Maggs 279). This Arrest declares that after January 1, 1724 these will be invalid. Wroth records only one copy, at NYPL, and OCLC adds just one more, at the John Carter Brown Library. 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 1038. MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 283 (this copy). OCLC 84985866.