[Turmeau de la Morandiere, Denis Laurian]. Principes politiques sur le rappel des protestans en France.

Paris, Valleyre & Dessain, 1764.

8vo. 3 parts in one volume. (4), VII, (1), 223, (5), "220" [but: 200], (4) pp. With engraved vignette on title-page. (Includes as third part, with separate title-page): [Jean Baptiste Jacques Elie de Beaumont], Question sur la légitimité du mariage des protestans françois, célébre hors du Royaume. 105, (1) pp., final blank. Contemporary full calf, spine richly gilt with red label. Marbled endpapers. All edges red.


First edition. A plea for the toleration of Protestantism in France - for humanitarian, but above all for economic reasons. Toleration towards Protestants would contribute to the growth of French population, and the author, an extreme populationist, considered the size of population as the chief source of wealth for the kingdom. The additional work, added as a final part, argues that marriages with Protestants concluded outside France are valid and protestants should be tolerated if population growth is desired.

A fine copy.


INED 1723. INED 4366. Cf. A. Sauvy, Quelques demographes ignores du XVIIIe siecle (in: J. J. Spengler, Economie et population), pp. 355-362.

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