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Description: First Amsterdam-edition of a classic encyclopedia of commerce

SAVARY, Jacques & Philemon Louis SAVARY.
Dictionnaire universel de commerce: contenant tout ce qui concerne le commerce qui se fait dans les quatre parties du monde, par terr, par mer, de proche en proche, & par des voyages de long cours, tant en gros qu'en detail. L'explication de tous les termes qui ont report au negoce, les monnoyes de compte, qui servent a y tenir les livres, et ecritures des marchands: les monnoyes. ... les productions. ... les compagnies de commerce. ... les banques... les consuls... les chambres d'assurances. ... Le detail du commerce de la France en general... Le Conseil Royal de Commerce. ... Enfin, toutes les foires, tant français qu'autres.. Les Edits... Ouvrage posthume, continué sur les memoires de l'auteur par Ph.-L. Savary, son frère.- Supplément aux deux premiers volumes.

Amsterdam, Janssonius van Waesbergen, 1726-1732. 3 vols. 4to. Contemporary mottled calf, spines ribbed and richly gilt, with red title-labels, gilt binding edges, marbled edges. With large folding engraved portrait of the dedicatee, Jan Six de Vromade, by J. Houbraken, 4 titles printed in red and black, the third volume being divided into 2 separate parts, and 3 large allegorical engraved headpieces, 1 at the beginning of text of each volume, engraved by M. Pool after A. Coypel. (8), XXXVIII, (2), 2032 col. (=1016); 2000 col. (=1000); (4), 1032 col. (= 516), 676 col. (=338) pp.

First Amsterdam-edition, and the first to be enlarged with the Supplement, of the encyclopedia of commerce by Jacques Savary (1622-1690), most famous economist of his time, published posthumously by his brother, Philemon Louis Savary. Jacques Savary was for some time director of the French Royal Domains, and then became general business agent to the Duke of Mantua. He had such sound notions about commerce and was so successful in his operations that Colbert appointed him in 1670 in the "Conseil de la Reforme", which was to reform and refine the rules of commercial practice. The "Commercial Code" of 1673 resulting from it was called after him "Code Savary". He was then also pressed to write down and publish all his commercial knowledge, a request which he honoured with Le parfait Négociant, published in 1675. It taught everything a merchant should know, but only his left papers opened to the world the hoard of universal knowledge on commerce Savary possessed. Edited and published by his brother after his death, the work still proved invaluable for all people concerned.
At the end of the first volume an index is added of names of all places referred to in the general lemma "Commerce", first of the names of French places, then of the names of all other places in Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, covering 52 pages, printed in three columns. And in the Supplement under "Commerce" a complete survey is presented of all goods traded at Marseilles in 1688, listing qualities, quantities, prices, places of origin and destination, transport by sea and land, raw materials and industrial products, with at the end a comparison added between prices in 1688 and 1727. The work also includes models of invoices and book-keeping. Savary was one of the pioneers of modern business economy, and his works still remain classics in their field.

Fine set.
Bierens de Haan 4136-7; cf. Kress 4584 (new ed. of 1741); Einaudi 5099 (1st ed. of 1723 of the first two vols. only).
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