Paris. 1724. 3pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Very minor foxing. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM40674
A French royal decree guaranteeing the life annuities of the Compagnie des Indes. Wroth locates one copy, at NYPL; OCLC adds two more, at Harvard and the John Carter Brown Library. 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). MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 301 (this copy). WROTH, ACTS OF FRENCH ROYAL ADMINISTRATION 1067. OCLC 82545020.