Arrest du Conseil d'Estat du Roy, pour la Prise de Possession de la Ferme Generale du Privilege Exclusif de la Vente & Distribution du Tabac dans le Royaume, fous les noms de Pierre Carlier & Nicolas Desboves, pendant huit annees, a commencer du prem
Publisher: De L’Imprimerie Royale
8 pages. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 8”) folded pamphlet housed in a custom made enclosure. First edition.
A French royal decree which provides for the state monopoly for the sale of tobacco, of importance for New World and especially French colonial trade.
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 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).
Ink notation on title page, very small staining through all pages. Wroth lists one copy, at Harvard; OCLC adds just one more, at the John Carter Brown Library. A very good copy of a rare item.