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COLBERT, JEAN-BAPTISTE.- NECKER: - Eloge de Jean-Baptiste Colbert. Discours qui a remporté le Prix de l'Académie Française, en 1773.

A Paris, Chez J. B. Brunet, 1773, in-8vo, 4 p. (titre avec vignette gravée 'fleurs') + 108 p., reliure en d.-cuir, dos richement orné or avec pièce de titre en maroquin rouge, plats couverts de papier dominoté à l'ancien 'coquille', idem pour les gardes, (reliure moderne). ¶ Edition originale. Division du discours: 1) p. 2 ss. On trace l'arrivée de Colbert au Ministère des Finances, & l'on fixe l'attention sur l'importance de cette Place, & sur les hautes qualités qu'elle exige, comme un premier moyen de rendre hommage à celui qui l'a si bien remplie./ 2) p. 12 ss. On montre l'état des Affaires à l'entrée de Colbert dans le Ministère, & le succes de ses premiers travaux./ 3) p. 18 ss. On cherche les principes de Colbert sur l'économie politique, & on les compare à sa conduite./ 4) p. 42 ss. On parle de ses soins pour la Marine, les Arts, les Sciences & les Lettres, de sa mort & de l'injustice de ses Contemporains. P. 106 'Fin', p. 107 - 108 'Table des notes "It has been noted that Necker retired from active direction of his bank in 1772. From that date his goal was evidently a career in the government. The appearance a year later of his Eloge de Colbert was widely recognized as his bid for the post of finance minister, as well as his reform program if appointed. He entered the book in competition for the prize of eloquence annually offered by the Académie française. The Academy conferred the prize on the Eloge de Colbert after it was read to them by d'Alembert in August 1773. (.....) the Eloge de Colbert is an important document in Necker's political and ministerial career. It provides an introduction to the themes he was to expound later. It also indicates the nature of his ambition, for he unveiled himself in it" (Robert D. Harris, Necker. Reform Statesman of the Ancien Regime, pp. 47ff.). Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage.
CHF 650.00 [Appr.: EURO 593.75 US$ 720.87 | £UK 511.5 | JP¥ 78847] Book number 90690

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