Paris. 1731. 4pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Several small worm holes, not affecting text. Contemporary inscription. Fine. Item #WRCAM40682
A French royal decree regarding obligations of the shareholders in the former Compagnie des Indes Orientales with regard to the new Compagnie d'Occident. Not in Wroth; OCLC locates one copy 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). MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 369 (this copy). OCLC 77750523.