Discours prononcé de l'ordre du roi et en sa présence, par M. de Calonne, contrôleur général des finances, dans l'assemblée des notables, tenue à Versailles, le 22 février 1787, précédé du discours du roi
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Paris: chez les marchands de nouveauté, 1787. Disbound, no wrappers. 20 cm. Minor foxing; short tear to inner margin of first leaf, soft creases; near fine otherwise. FRBNF34058081. "In the terrible crisis preceding the French Revolution, when successive ministers tried in vain to replenish the exhausted royal treasury, Calonne was summoned as Controller-General of Finances, an office he assumed on 3 November 1783. He owed the position to the Comte de Vergennes, who for over three years continued to support him. According to the Habsburg ambassador, his public image was extremely poor. Calonne immediately set about remedying the fiscal crisis, and he found in Louis XVI enough support to create a vast and ambitious plan of revenue-raising and administrative centralization. Calonne focused on maintaining public confidence through building projects and spending, which was mainly designed to maintain the Crown's capacity to borrow funds. He presented the king with his plan on 20 August 1786. At its heart was a new land value tax, which would replace the old vingtieme taxes and finally sweep away the fiscal exemptions of the privileged orders. The new tax would be administered by a system of provincial assemblies elected by the local property owners at parish, district and provincial level. This central proposal was accompanied by a further package of rationalizing reform, including free trade in grain and abolition of France's myriad internal customs barriers. It was in effect one, if not the most, comprehensive attempt at enlightened reform during the reign of Louis XVI." - Wikipedia. His reforms were rejected by the Assembly of Notables and Louis XVI dismissed and exiled him in 1787. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.