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Physiocracy. GUERINEAU DE SAINT-PERAVY. L'optique ou le chinois a Memphis.

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Physiocracy. GUERINEAU DE SAINT-PERAVY. L'optique ou le chinois a Memphis.
 Physiocracy. GUERINEAU DE SAINT-PERAVY, Jean-Nicolas. L'optique ou le chinois a Memphis. Londres, Rey, 1763

2 vols. in 8vo, 180x112 mm, binding in boards. Damage on the back of the back of the first volume. Good copy uncut and with wide margins.

Condition Report

First edition, rare. The rare original editon of this curious work imitating Voltaire's Candide and of which Jean-Jacques Rousseau actually believed it was written by Voltaire. Although not with the depth nor in the style of the master the work nevertheless contains a good many interesting allusions to men and manners of the time (Drujon). The work has been written by one of Quesnay's disciples and was published with a bogus imprint in Paris. It is a neo-utopian and oriental tale written from the perspective of a Chinese traveller in Paris ("Memphis"). Guerineau de Saint-Peravy wrote a number of other books on taxation, economics and commerce, social order and belonged to the Physiocrats.
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