PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III
SOUTH SEA BUBBLE -- 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: Dirk Onder de Linden], 1720 [or later].
2o (394 x 254 mm). Title printed in red and black, folding engraved frontispiece and 77 plates on 71 sheets (54 folding and 8 mounted on two leaves) (Some short tears and splits to folds, some light browning to text.) Contemporary Dutch mottled calf gilt, roll- tooled borders and fillets round a large gilt lozenge at center (rebacked, old spine laid down).
FIRST EDITION of this extraordinary book representing the origin, progress and downfall of the South Sea Bubble in France, England and Holland. "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). Sabin states futher that the number of plates in copies varies from 60 to 74. This copy, however, contains 77 and the copy in the Kress Library 85. Sabin 28932; Kress 3217.