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Book Number 3418 
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.  
Illustration With 77 plates, including three maps and 74 copper-engraved caricature plates and portraits. Of the total 77, 17 plates are folding, and 45 are double-page. Engraved frontispiece, title in red and black ink, and two portraits of John Law. 
Size Folio. 
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. 
Pagination P. (6), frontis, title, blank, 1-25, contents, 1-52, 1-26, 29-31, blank, 1-8, 1-10, 76 plates, (4). 
Reference Sabin 28932; Alden 720/114; Lewine 239; Cole, “The Great Mirror of Folly” 23-35. 
Translation Info  
Notes Text in Dutch. 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). First edition, later issue, with part 5 in 10 pages and plate 65 (the sheet of playing cards) in the second state titled “Pasquins Windkaart”. Generally, the typical complement of illustrations is 74 plates--this copy has 77. In reference to Cole’s copy, ours lacks plate 74 (British Museum No. 1690); it also lacks the supplementary engraved plate list found in some copies; however, it contains plates 2, 3, 4, and 6 from the supplementary series found in other copies. (Cole) “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, whch 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.” (Sabin)  
Price (US$) 13000  
Short Description Book Caricatures; Book Americas South; Book Americas U.S. South & West; Book Plate Books General; Book Europe Benelux; 

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