Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en Général (French and English) 
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Cantillon wrote one major work which was regarded by Jevons and Hayek as an important early contribution to the theory of marginal utility. It lay forgotten for over 100 years until Jevons rediscovered it in the late 19th century. This edition is a bi-ligual French and English version with essays on the significance of Cantillon by Higgs and Jevons.
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Table of Contents:
Econlib Editor's Notes
Introduction, by Henry Higgs
Previous Editions, by Henry Higgs
ESSAY ON THE NATURE OF TRADE IN GENERAL
Part I, Chapter I: Of Wealth
Part I, Chapter II: Of Human Societies
Part I, Chapter III: Of Villages
Part I, Chapter IV: Of Market Towns
Part I, Chapter V: Of Cities
Part I, Chapter VI: Of Capital Cities
Part I, Chapter VII: The Labour of the Husbandman is of less Value than that of the Handicrafts-Man
Part I, Chapter VIII: Some Handicrafts-Men earn more, others less, according to the different Cases and Circumstances
Part I, Chapter IX: The Number of Labourers, Handicraftsmen and others, who work in a State is naturally proportioned to the Demand for them
Part I, Chapter X: The Price and Intrinsic Value of a Thing in general is the measure of the Land and Labour which enter into its Production
Part I, Chapter XI: Of the Par or Relation between the Value of Land and Labour
Part I, Chapter XII: All Classes and Individuals in a State subsist or are enriched at the Expense of the Proprietors of Land
Part I, Chapter XIII: The circulation and exchange of goods and merchandise as well as their production are carried on in Europe by Undertakers, and at a risk
Part I, Chapter XIV: The Fancies, the Fashions, and the Modes of Living of the Prince, and especially of the Landowners, determine the use to which Land is put in a State and cause the variations in the Market-prices of all things
Part I, Chapter XV: The Increase and Decrease of the Number of People in a State chiefly depend on the taste, the fashions, and the modes of living of the proprietors of land
Part I, Chapter XVI: The more Labour there is in a State the more naturally rich the State is esteemed
Part I, Chapter XVII: Of Metals and Money, and especially of Gold and Silver
Part II, Chapter I: Of Barter
Part II, Chapter II: Of Market Prices
Part II, Chapter III: Of the Circulation of Money
Part II, Chapter IV: Of Further Reflection on the Rapidity or Slowness of the Circulation of Money in Exchange
Part II, Chapter V: Of the inequality of the circulation of hard money in a State
Part II, Chapter VI: Of the increase and decrease in the quantity of hard money in a State
Part II, Chapter VII: Continuation of the same subject
Part II, Chapter VIII: Further Reflection on the same subject
Part II, Chapter IX: Of the Interest of Money and its Causes
Part II, Chapter X: Of the Causes of the Increase and Decrease of the Interest of Money in a State
Part III, Chapter I: Of Foreign Trade
Part III, Chapter II: Of the Exchanges and their Nature
Part III, Chapter III: Further explanations of the nature of the Exchanges
Part III, Chapter IV: Of the variations in the proportion of values with regard to the Metals which serve as Money
Part III, Chapter V: Of the augmentation and diminution of coin in denomination
Part III, Chapter VI: Of Banks and their Credit
Part III, Chapter VII: Further explanations and enquiries as to the utility of a National Bank
Part III, Chapter VIII: Of the Refinements of Credit of General Banks
Richard Cantillon and the Nationality of Political Economy, by W. Stanley Jevons
Life and Work of Richard Cantillon, by Henry Higgs
LIFE OF RICHARD CANTILLON
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