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MacKay, Charles
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions
Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, London, 1841. First edition. Frontispiece portraits to each vol., and 2 portrait plates (Paracelsus & John Dee) in vol. III. Pp. [iv]-[viii], 400; [vi], 406; [vi], 404. Half title not present in vol. I as usual (retained in vols. II & III, as usual). 3 vols. 8vo. Attractive first edition of this perennial favorite, on a wide variety of frauds and follies including alchemy, the South Sea bubble, the Mississippi scheme, and Tulipomania. The Financial Times rated it as the second among the top ten greatest books on investment ever published. Since it was first published in 1841 it has seldom been out of print. Bernard Baruch wrote a new preface to the 1932 edition, stating that he was saved by it in 1929, getting him out shortly before the market crashed. Dennistoun & Goodman 58; Kress C.5560; Zerden, pp. 77-8; not in Goldsmiths' or Mattioli Contemporary pebbled red morocco and marbled boards, t.e.g. Some foxing Frontispiece portraits to each vol., and 2 portrait plates (Paracelsus & John Dee) in vol. III. Pp. [iv]-[viii], 400; [vi], 406; [vi], 404. Half title not present in vol. I as usual (retained in vols. II & III, as usual). 3 vols. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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