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South Sea Bubble) Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid, vertoonende de opkomst, voortgang en ondergang der actie, bubble en windnegotie, in Vrankryk, Engeland, en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den Jaare MDCCXX
N.n., 1720 - (The great mirror of folly, showing the rise, progress and downfall of the bubble in stocks in the year 1720). N.n., 1720. One volume in folio; pp. (2), 25, (1), 52, 31, 8, 9; title in red and black, 74 plates (including frontispiece) most of which are double-page or folding, 1 plate is in duplicate, verso of frontispiece repaired, a few plates frayed at fore-edge, one plate shaved at fore-edge. Contemporary calf, raised bands, spine very skillfully re-backed using the original spine strip, corners a bit bumped, spine gilt in compartments with gilt lettering, gilt border and gilt panel on covers with crown and drawer-handle tool at each corner, central gilt ornament, text pages with some browning or foxing, plates with light browning or foxing in outer margin, in all a very good copy. First edition of the famous Great Mirror of Folly. This volume is a significant contribution to economic literature. Its bulk is made up largely of satirical plates, but its text also embraces the charters of important companies which were floated in various Dutch cities during the period of the bubble fever. According to Arthur Cole’s excellent survey The Great Mirror of Folly neither the textual material nor the engraved prints are always identical in individual issues, nor do they appear in the same sequence within the volume. In a sense, each copy of the Tafereel is unique. (Cole, p. 1f) Sperling 205, Kress 3211, Goldsmiths’ 5879, Sauer 5/1968: 1468 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Dieter Stecher]
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