Paris: L. Potier de Lille, 1790. ,318pp., plus folding table. Half mottled calf and marbled boards, bound in antique style, spine gilt, corners reinforced with vellum, edges sprinkled red. An economic treatise on the improvement of trade between France and the United States by Amerian Revolutionary and financier James Swan. The text is based on six letters than Swan wrote to the Marquis de Lafayette on the subject, though with many edits and additions. He was a member of the Sons of Liberty, a participant in the Boston Tea Party, a combatant in early phases of the Revolutionary War, and was wounded at Bunker Hill. After the war, Swan became a prominent businessman with a large interest in trade with France, and was the principal agent for the liquidation of America's debts to the French government. He wrote this work at the request of Lafayette, who wanted to know why trade between the two countries had not developed more quickly after the Revolution and the resultant financial rupture between the United States and Great Britain. For publication in France, the letters were translated by the French Consul in Boston, Joseph Letombe. SABIN 94005. (Inventory #: WRCAM51866)
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