Victor Riqueti de Mirabeau Bibliography

M‚moire concernant l' utilit‚des ‚tats provinciaux 1750
L’ami des hommes ou traité sur la population (The Friendship of Men, or a Treatise on Population) 1756
Published in 5 volumes, a work that was widely read although largely a plagiarism of the Essai sur la nature du commerce en général (1755), written by Richard Cantillon, an English banker in Paris. Though not strictly speaking a part of Physiocratic literature, it did create a sensation. Voltaire hated Mirabeau and charged him with “breathing a leper on the human race”.
Explication du Tableau économique 1759
An exposition of Quesnay’s major work.
Théorie de l’impôt 1760
Mirabeau, following the lead of Quesnay, allied himself with the Physiocrat’s attempts to reform the tax system. Here he attacks the system of farming out indirect taxes and recommending instead direct taxes on land and personnel income. This led to his imprisonment at Vincennes and to his temporary exile to his estate at Bignon, near Nemours.
Philosophie rurale 1763
Mirabeau’s last work, completing his publications, between 1759 and 1763, in defence of Quesnay’s Tableau économique.