First edition. 12mo. vi, 160 pp. Contemporary speckled paper covered boards, the handwritten title in faint black ink on a paper label to the spine. Red sprinkled page edges. Half title present. An excellent near fine copy, the binding lightly rubbed at the extremities remains square and tight. The contents with the exception of some light foxing in the margins of a few pages are clean throughout. An excellent example. Scarce.
Jean-Baptiste Say (1767-1832), French economist and businessman, he published his principal work, "Traité d'économie politique ou simple exposition de la manière dont se forment, se distribuent et se composent les richesses", in 1803, in which he advocates liberal views such as free trade and competition, developing the teachings of Adam Smith and others. The work offered here, "Catéchisme d'économie politique...", a more popular variant of the "Traité...", was an attempt at sharing his thoughts and the principles of political economy with a larger audience.
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