Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid, Vertoonende de opkomst, voortgang en ondergang der Actie, Bubbel en Windnegotie, in Vrankryk, Engeland, en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den Jaare MDCCXX. [Amsterdam: D. Onder de Linden], 1720 [or later].
2° (437 x 260mm). Title in red and black. Engraved plate list. 74 listed and 2 unlisted plates, the majority double-page or folding. Plates 68 and 70 with titles differing from list, plates 26 and 29 both on four sheets. 3 proof plates and 5 supplementary plates loosely inserted. (Clean tear to plate 1, plate 54 bound at end, plate 12 bound with text, marginal waterstains, occasional light browning and creasing to plates.) Contemporary Dutch half calf (upper joints slightly split, corners bumped, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Jac. Hooft Graafland (20th-century bookplate).
COMPLETE COPY, WITH THREE PROOF PLATES of this extraordinary visual record of the first banking crash, showing the shocking effects of the South Sea Bubble in France, England and Holland, and placing John Law (1671-1729), with his Mississipi company scheme, squarely at the centre of the disasterous chain of events. '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). Plate 1 on the list is described as the 'Eere-titel' or 'Honoured title'. In this copy the caricature 'Bombario Actionist' plates (26 and 29) are on 8 individual sheets. The loose insertions include three proof plates: nos. 12, 17 and 73 (12 and 73 before letters, 17 with variant side panel and differing text); 5 supplementary plates on 3 sheets; a 4-stanza broadsheet poem 'Let op 't End', with manuscript date 6 November 1720; and an official broadsheet declaration, with arms of Amsterdam at head, dated a month earlier. Goldsmiths' 5879; Kress 3217; Sabin 28932.