Memoires sur la vie et les ouvrages de M. Turgot, ministre d'etat.
8vo. 2 parts in one volume. VIII, (2), 148 pp. 268 pp. Printed on heavy bluish paper. Contemporary calf with giltstamped spine and triple gilt fillets to both covers. Marbled endpapers and edges.
First edition. The major contemporary documentation of the life and work of the great minister Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1739-1817), by one of his best friends. The first part treats Turgot's youth, his successful administration as intendant for the generality of Limoges where he earned great popularity by his abolishment of the corvées and the introduction of numerous other reforms, and his administration as secretary of state for the navy, a position he held for five weeks only but of particular interest for his enlightened views on colonial policy. The second, longer part treats Turgot's administration as controller-general and minister of finance from August 1774 until May 1776. It contains a striking account of the numerous reforms which he introduced: the abolition of privileges, abuses and crushing taxes as well as of many limitations on trade and labour, the purification of the financial administration, etc.
Binding a little rubbed, front hinge starting but holding well, one corner worn.
Kress B.459. Goldsmiths' 12250. INED 1610. Not in Einaudi. Weulersse I, p. XXXI.