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Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid, vertoonende de opkomst, voortgang en ondergang der actie, bubbel en windnegotie, in Vrankrijk, Engeland en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den Jaare MDCCXX.[Amsterdam], 1720[=ca. 1740?]. Folio. With 75 engraved plates (1 included twice). Most are double-page and several are larger folding sheets, including several maps and the plate with the complete set of 52 playing cards. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine.
Kress 3217; Muller, Historieplaten II, pp. 103-124; Sabin 28932. A famous collection of texts and plates satirizing the Englishman John Law, his Mississippi Company, and the international land and trading speculation in worthless shares of the South Sea Bubble of 1719-1720, which resulted in an international scandal. The speculation began in Paris, London and Hamburg, spreading to the Netherlands in the summer of 1720. While plays satirizing the speculation already opened in September 1720, the bubble really burst in October. The book also provides the texts of official documents relating to the Dutch trading companies involved. Text and plates were originally issued in parts, and were continuously supplemented over a longer period. Work on the book as a whole must have begun after the Amsterdam disturbances of 5 October 1720, though some of the plays and other items had been separately published before that. Within each edition the number and makeup of the plates varies greatly from copy to copy.Binding rubbed along the extremities, front hinge cracked. Textleaves browned and several foxed, affecting some of the plates, most plates in good condition, some with a marginal tear, three plates with a larger tear affecting the illustration (Muller nos. 11, 51, 56). Overall a good copy.
      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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