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Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid 02-10-2010 Vertonende de opkomst, voortgang en ondergang der actie, bubbel en windnegotie, in Vrankrijk, Engeland, en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den jaare MDCCXX. Gedrukt tot waarschouwinge voor de nakomelingen, 1720 [= ca. 1740]. Contemp. calf, spine ribbed and richly gilt with title lettered in gold. With 82 mostly double-page or folding engr. plates with caricatures on the 1720 Bubble, including a map of the Mississippi, a large folding map and plan of Enkhuizen, and a large folding map of the South Sea. (4), 25; (1), 8, (2), 52, (2); 1-8, (2), 9-31, (1); 9, (1) pp. Folio.

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 present copy, representing the second edition, has an exceptionally large amount of plates, including a large folding map of the South Sea, titled 'Carte nouvelle de la mer du sud' (ca. 60 x 95 cm) by De Leth and originally published by Covens & Mortier. This highly decorative map with several elaborate insets includes the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, North and South America, as well as the northern part of Australia; California is depicted as an island. Good copy.- (Upper joints cracked). Muller, Historieplaten, 3535 ff; Van Rijn, Atlas van Stolk, 3452 ff; Cole, The Great Mirror of Folly, nrs. 1-73 (16, 17, 65 in two states), and Supplement 2-4, 6-7, 21; Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, vol. III, p. 75, nr. 94

Estimated € 2.000 - € 3.000. Sold for € 13.618 (incl. buyers premium)
Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid