The Dreaded Gabelle [Taxation]. [France]. Compilation de l'Ordonnance de Louis XIV, Roy de France et de Navarre, Donnee au Mois de Mai 1680, Sur le Fait des Gabelles: Avec les Edits, Declarations, Lettres Patentes, Arrets et Reglemens, Tant du Conseil, que de la Cour des Comptes, Aides et Finances de Normandie, Intervenus sur Cette Matiere, Jusqu'a Present: Ainsi qu'il est Explique dans l'Avertissement Suivant. Rouen: Chez Jean-B. Besongne le Fils, 1727. [lx], 671,  pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4"). Contemporary calf, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, edges rouged. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, small chip to head of spine, rear joint starting at foot, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front hinge partially cracked. Light toning to text, light edgewear to preliminaries, faint staining to their lower corners, tiny hole to Leaf Vuiii (pp. 655-666) with minor loss to text. $500. * The gabelle was a very unpopular French tax on salt, an essential commodity for cooking, food preservation, cheese making and raising livestock. First imposed during the mid-14th century, it existed, with brief lapses and revisions, until 1946. The tax was especially comprehensive and rigorous in the version decreed by Louis XIV in 1680. The Compilation is a handbook that discusses each article of the gabelle and the many amendments and exemptions it accrued by 1727. It would have been useful to anyone looking for loopholes when dealing with this tax. OCLC locates 6 copies, 3 in North America, 1 in a law library (Harvard). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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