1708 Scarce French Book - Projet d'une Dixme Royale by VAUBAN - Essay for a General Tax
Author : VAUBAN, Sébastien le Prestre, Seigneur de (Mr. Le Marechal de Vauban).
Title : Projet d'une dixme royale: qui suprimant la taille, les aides, les doüanes d'une province à l'autre, les décimes du clergé, les affaires extraordinaires; & tous autres impôts onereux & non volontaires: Et diminuant le prix du sel de moitié & plus, produiroit au Roi un revenu certain et suffisant, sans frais; & sans être à charge à l'un de ses sujets plus qu'à l'autre, qui s'augmenteroit considérablement par la meilleure culture des Terres.
Language : Text in French.
Publisher : No place, no publisher, 1708.
Size : 7 " X 5 "
Pages : Table-272 pages
Binding : Good original calf binding (hinges partly cracked but still tight, upper part of spine chipped, overall worn and scuffed - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover .
Content : Good content (tight, staining on the lower margin of first 40 pages without affecting the text, light foxing and staining throughout - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 4 folding tables.
Estimate: (USD 575 - USD 1000)
The book : Scarce Edition published one year after the original edition, copies of which had been seized. This publication, which proposed a more just distribution of the tax, gave the author the disgrace of Louis XIV
The author : Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Seigneur de Vauban, later Comte de Vauban (1 May 1633 – 30 March 1707) commonly referred to as Vauban (French: [vobɑ̃]), was a French military engineer, who participated in each of the wars fought by France during the reign of Louis XIV.
Shortly before his death in 1707, he published La Dîme royale, which documented the economic misery of the lower classes. Vauban's solution was a flat 10% tax on all agricultural and industrial output and the elimination of existing tax exemptions, which effectively meant the vast majority of the nobility and clergy paid taxes at all. Although it was confiscated and destroyed by Royal decree, the use of statistics to support his arguments ...establishes Vauban as a founder of modern economics and a precursor of the Enlightenment's socially concerned intellectuals.
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