Paris. 1725. 6pp. Quarto. Very minor foxing. Light soiling along spine edge. Contemporary inscription. Near fine. Item #WRCAM40675
A French royal decree concerning the confiscation of a British vessel. "This decree confirms the confiscation of the British vessel Anne de Rodelan and her cargo, the property of and commanded by one Jacques Bron (James Brown?) on August 16th 1723 at the 'Fort Royal de l'Isle de la Martinique,' for, whereas he was officially destined for Barbados, Bron or Brown conceived the idea of landing his cattle and cargo on the Island of Martinique, alleging as a pretext that he had no water for his cattle, whereas in fact the water supply was found to be sufficient to last them another week" - Maggs. Wroth locates only one copy, at the Archives Nationale; OCLC locates no further print copies. Rare. From the library of Cardinal Étienne Charles de Loménie 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). MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 308 (this copy). WROTH, ACTS OF FRENCH ROYAL ADMINISTRATION 1086.