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Lot 117: [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]

1014: Rare Books & Manuscripts

by Addison & Sarova Auctioneers

November 5, 2016

Macon, GA, USA

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  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
  • [MS French Naval Contract, 1750]
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Description: Manuscript copy of French Naval contract, [ca. 1751]. [2 blank], [6], [2 blank] pp. 14.5" x 9.75". Horizontal crease with some closed marginal tears at fore-edge (where creased.) Very Good. **************************************** Copy of an historically significant contract of June 5, 1750 by France's Secretary of State for the Navy, Louis-Antoine Rouille. The present is "one of the largest single contracts for northern naval stores ever undertaken during the Old Regime (Pritchard.)" The contract is for the delivery of numerous materials needed for ship-building, including quantities of masts, timbers, pitch, and other stores. According to Pritchard, historians have largely overlooked the existence of this contract which may shed light on Franco-Russian relations during the period. Following the cessation of hostilities between Great Britain and France in 1748, France looked to replenish its fleet by doubling its current size. The final page of the present copy is dated December 24, 1751 by the controller of the Navy in Brest, Antoine Choquet. [For more information, see "Fir Trees, Financiers, and the French Navy During the 1750s" by James Pritchard, in the Canadian Journal of History, pp. 337-354, ISSN 0008-4197]

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