Memorie over den tegenwoordigen Staat van den Handel en de Culture in de Oost-Indischen Bezittingen van den Staat.
First edition pp.192, 8. A very good copy in the original paper wrappers, slightly frayed at head and tail of spine. Text in Dutch.
A rare and important discourse on the state of trade and economy in the Dutch East Indies at the end of the eighteenth century in which the author distinguishes contract trade with native Princes, trade with the free countries of Japan, China and the Philippines, and trade in coffee and sugar "grown on our own soil". Rice, coffee, pepper and sugar cultures and their significance for the Dutch economy are described in detail in the course of the author's argument in favour of free trade. This scarce publication was never formally offered for sale, and has printed on the title page "Dit stuk is niet te koop". The author later became Chief Minister to William I.