6057. "L'ami des hommes" by Mirabeau

(MIRABEAU, VICTOR RIQUETI DE - QUESNAY, F.). (7). L'ami des hommes. ou traité de la population. Cinquieme édition. Hambourg (chez Chrétien Hérold) 1764 (vol. IV, sixieme édition 1760; vol. V-VII 1762).

Small 8:o. Titles printed in red and black. 6 printed folding tables (in vol. VII).
Contemporary marbled paper boards, speckled edges. Signature of U. Celsing on inside of upper covers. 7 volumes.

Victor de Riqueti, Marquis de Mirabeau (1715-1789), French economist of the Physiocratic school. He was the father of great Honoré, Comte de Mirabeau and is, in distinction, often referred to as the elder Mirabeau.
In 1756 Mirabeau made his first appearance as a political economist by the publication of his Ami des hommes ou Traité de la population. This work has been often attributed to the influence, and in part even to the pen, of Quesnay, the founder of the economical school of the physiocrats, but was really written before the marquis had made the acquaintance of the physician of Madame de Pompadour.
In 1760 he published his Théorie de l'impot, in which he attacked with all the vehemence of his son the farmers-general of the taxes, who got him imprisoned for eight days at Vincennes, and then exiled to his country estate at Bignon near Nemours. At Bignon the school of the physiocrats was really established, and the marquis in 1765 bought the Journal de l'agriculture, du commerce, et des finances, which became the organ of the school. He was recognized as a leader of political thinkers by Prince Leopold of Tuscany, afterwards emperor, and by Gustav III of Sweden, who in 1772 sent him the Grand Cross of the Order of Vasa. (Wikipedia).
Provenance: The von Celsing family, Biby.