Richard Cantillon offers fascination for historians and economists as much in death as he did in life.
Richard Cantillon, Irish born but living in Paris as a young man, from circumstances became a banker/broker there, and moved in influential, educated social circles.
Translated by Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Department of Economics of University College, Cork. In scarcely any field, however, will one find a case similar to that of Cantillon’s Essai sur la nature du commerce en général, which, having greatly influenced the molding of a science and fully articulated it for the first time, was at once entirely forgotten and remained in obscurity for roughly a century until, re-discovered by accident, its second emergence proved sensational.
Introduction and textual comments written for Hella Hayek's 1931 German translation of Richard Cantillon's Essai. In our field Oresmius, Monchretien, Barbon, Rae, W. Lloyd, Cournot, Jennings, Longfield, and Gossen are just a few of the best known instances of this kind.
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