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Law, John. - [GREAT MIRROR OF FOLLY]
Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid, vertoonende de opkomst, voortgang en ondergang der actie, bubbel en windnegotie, in Vrankryk, Engeland, en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den jaare MDCCXX . Gedrukt tot waarschouwinge voor de nakomelingen, in 't noodlottige jaar, voor veel zotte en wyze 1720.
[Amsterdam 1720. .] Folio. Title and 5 text-parts: [II]; 25,[1]; 52; 26,29-31 (thus complete); [8]; 10p. With 75 partly folding and/or double-page plates. Contemp. half calf, gilt back with red label, spine ends and corners neatly restored, boards rubbed. Some light foxing mostly to blank margins only, tiny hole in plates 11 and 23. A very good copy. A renowned monument for the speculative mania of 1720: The great mirror of folly, showing the rise, progress, and downfall of the bubble in stocks and windy speculation in France, England, and the Netherlands in the year 1720'. It constitutes a collection of mostly satirical plates on the operations of John Law in France and the South Sea Bubble in England, together with the text of the charters of speculative companies in Holland and a number of satyrical plays and comedies published during the bubble. The bibliographical details of this volume are notoriously complicated; they have been amply studied by Muller and Cole. Neither the publisher nor the exact date of publication are known, most likely it was issued over a period of several years. Copies are made up of a variable number of plates and parts of printed text, probably according to the actual availability of the various leaves, and hence no two copies of the book are exactly the same. Muller and Cole count 74 'regular' plates, as well as some 25 plates that are included only occasionally. Most copies have the majority (but rarely all) of the regular and a few of the supplementary plates. 'Rarely does a single volume combine in itself so much economic interest and so m … [Click Below for Full Description]
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