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Book Number 4227 
Title Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid, Vertoonende de opkomft, voortgang en ondergang der Actie, Bubbel en Windnegotie, in Vrankryk, Engeland, en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den Jaare MDCCXX. Zynde een Verzameling van alle de Conditien en Projecten Van de opgeregte Compagnien van Assurantie, Navigatie, Commercie, &c. in Nederland, zo wel die in gebruik zyn gebragt, als die doorde H. Staten van cenige Provintien zyn verworpen: als meede Konst-Plaaten, Comedien en Gedigten, Door verscheide Liefhebbers uytgegeven, tot beschimpinge dezer verfoeijelyke en bedrieglyke Handel, waar door in dit Jaar, verscheide Familien en Persoonen van Hooge en Lage stand zyn geruineerd, en in haar middelen verdorven, en de opregte Negotie gestremt, zo Vrankryk, Engeland als Nederland. 
Date c. 1720 
Place of Publication Netherlands 
Edition First edition, later issue 
Volume Information 5 parts in 1 volume. 
Cover Contemporary 18th-century gilt-panelled mottled calf with arabesque centerpiece on covers, spine in seven compartments of raised gilt bands and gilt floral motifs, morocco label on two, board edges gilt-tooled. Rebacked skillfully. 
Illustration With 61 copper engraved plates, including caricatures, portraits and 2 maps – one finely hand-coloured-, of which some are single- page, many double-page and larger, some folding. Title in red and black. At publication, copies of this book were composed with whichever caricature plates were at hand at the time, resulting in a great variation in the number of plates contained in each (some as few as 46, others as many as 84). Generally, the typical complement of illustrations of the first edition was 74 plates --this copy has 61 in total. It contains plates# 3-8, 10-26, 28-33, 35-37, 39-43, 45, 47-56, 58, 60-64, 66(x2)-68, 70, 73 according to Koninck's rarely preserved list of plates seen in early editions, plus a portrait entitled ‘’een schooner Lotkrans…’’.  
Size Folio (390x240mm) 
Condition A few tears in the plates expertly repaired; mispagination in 3rd part, pp. 26 jumps to 29, but foliation remains constant, no loss; see below for information on plates; otherwise a fine copy of this infamous work, bound in decorative gilt 18th-century Dutch full calf. Plates and text are clean and crisp.  
Pagination P. Plate 64 (Map), illustrated title, bl., 1-25, list of towns in report, 1-31, bl., 1-26, 29-52, 1-8, 1-9, bl. including 60 engravings. 
Reference Ref: Alden European Americana 720/114; Cole, The Great Mirror of Folly, pages 23-35; Sabin Bibliotheca Americana 28932; Goldsmith 5879; Howes G 442; Muller, America 1503 
Translation Info  
Notes Text in Dutch. “This great Theatre of Folly, representing the origin, progress, and downfall of the South Sea Bubble in France, England, and Holland, is an exceedingly curious collection of emblematical plates and caricatures on the scheme of J. Law and the Mississippi Company and the imitations of it in Holland, with their fatal results. Not a few of the scenes here depicted have been reproduced in the New York Exchange. The engravings, which illustrate the rise and fall of the great speculation, are full of humor; many of them are exceedingly ludicrous, and some very obscene. They are finely engraved on copper, and are accompanied with full descriptions in prose and poetry. So much offence was given to the English and French by this book that medals were struck by them in ridicule of the Dutch, which was perhaps the beginning of the hostility which long existed in the minds of the English against the latter. The number of the plates in copies varies from sixty to seventy-four.” The first edition of the most elaborate publication was inspired by the economic events of 1720, primarily satirizing Dutch manifestations of the speculative mania that led to the Mississippi Bubble in France [a financial scheme that shook the French economy to its core and instigated the use of paper money in the country; engineered by Scottish economic theorist, John Law] and the South Sea Bubble in England.” (Sabin)  
Price (US$) 8750  
Short Description Book Caricatures; Book Plate Books General; Book Europe Benelux;  

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