London, England: Printed for Henry Rhodes near Bride-lane in Fleet-street and John Harris at the Harrow in the Poultry, 1692. Removed pamphlet. Removed from a book of pamphlets. Leather remnants on spine. Neatly trimmed edges. Quarto, 7 1/2" x 6," pp. , 30. Period ink inscription "17" top right corner of title page. Pages lightly tanned, very clean throughout. (ESTC R35378) (Wing P3238).
According to Rare Book Hub, this scarce pamphlet was last up for auction in 1952. Near fine. Item #83809
This pamphlet relates France's financial woes caused by the Nine Years' War (1688-1697), which embroiled France in a war against the "Confederate" nations of England, the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, Spain, Savoy and Portugal. Fighting broke out in continental Europe and its surrounding seas, but also in the Americas and India, ultimately wreaking havoc on the European nations' coffers. Eventually, the sustained financial toll of the War pushed each nation to negotiate peace, even with no clear victor. The Treaty of Ryswick was signed in 1697.
As demonstrated by this pamphlet, France's worsening economic situation could be detected as early as 1692. The pamphleteer speculates that the War is causing such misery to the people of France, and suggests that they will join arms with foreign nations to revolt should the English invade: "those Hot-brain'd People, prone enough to revolt, incens'd by...the almost Insupportable Poverty and Misery to which they are reduc'd...will embrace the first Opportunity that presents it self" (30).