The Third Textbook of Physiocrat Orthodoxy
BAUDEAU, Nicholas, Abbé. Premiere Introduction a la Philosophie économique ou Analyse des États policés. Paris: Chez Didot; Delalain; Lacombe, , 1771. First edition. Octavo. 8, ix-xii, 497, [3, priviledge] pp.
Contemporary marbled sheep, smooth spine decorated and ruled in gilt, brown morocco gilt spine label, marbled endpapers and edges. A couple of small, widely- spaced foxing spots. A fine copy. Housed in a custom quarter brown morocco clamshell.

Schumpeter lists this first edition as one of the four principle textbooks of physiocrat orthodoxy. 'The Abbé Nicolas Baudeau (1739-1792) began as an enemy [of physiocracy] but had his day of Damascus in 1766 and from then on proved a most useful popularizer and controversialist as well as an efficient editor (p. 225). The book is written in clear and simple language and met with great success as a general introduction to this important school of economic thought. Higgs states that this is Baudeau's best work.

Einaudi 349. Higgs 5158. Kress S.4657.

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