• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 268

    SOUTH SEA BUBBLE -- Het Groote tafereel der dwaasheid. [Amsterdam: D. Onder de Linden], 1720 [?but later]. 2° (390 x 255mm). Folding engraved frontispiece, 70 engraved plates and maps, some folding and double-page. (Paper slips tipped-in on the frontispiece and title, occasional light soiling and spotting, a number of tears some with old repairs, G1 bound out-of-sequence.) Contemporary Dutch mottled calf panelled in gilt (corners rubbed, spine foot chipped).

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    SOUTH SEA BUBBLE -- Het Groote tafereel der dwaasheid. [Amsterdam: D. Onder de Linden], 1720 [?but later]. 2° (390 x 255mm). Folding engraved frontispiece, 70 engraved plates and maps, some folding and double-page. (Paper slips tipped-in on the frontispiece and title, occasional light soiling and spotting, a number of tears some with old repairs, G1 bound out-of-sequence.) Contemporary Dutch mottled calf panelled in gilt (corners rubbed, spine foot chipped).

    FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF THIS CELEBRATED SATIRICAL WORK. '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 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' (Sabin). Goldsmiths' 5879; Kress 3217; Sabin 28932. Sabin notes that the number of plates can vary from 60 to 74; for this reason, this copy is sold not subject to return.


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