[ARCQ, Philippe-Auguste de Sainte-Foix, chevalier d']

Essais sur l’administration.

N.p., 1786.

2 volumes 8vo, contemporary full brown calf, two gilt fillets around sides, smooth spines with compartments divided by gilt fillets, hatching and tiny squares, red and brown morocco lettering pieces, gilt initials T. D. at foot of spines. Title, XXVI pp. Discours, XII pp. Introduction, 222 pp., 32 pp. Essais, 1 unnumbered table leaf ; title, XVII pp. Preface, 339 pp., 1 unnumbered table leaf. Complete.

First Edition.

The work is rare and unrecorded in major bibliographies.

The French author Philippe-Auguste de Sainte-Foix, known as Chevalier d’Arcq (1721-95), was the grandson of Louis XIV. Arcq’s early career was spent in the military. Receiving a handsome pension from his grandfather, he subsequently embarked on a literary career, writing novels, works of history, and essays on social questions, between the 1750s and 1790s.

A pleasing copy.

Not in Kress, Einaudi, INED

Price: 650,00 euros