GUIDE des SPECULATEURS a la BOURSE
Paris: Delaunay, 1815. 8vo, (4), xxiv, 202pp, tables.
Modern red paste-paper boards, black calf spine label
lettered in gilt. A fine copy.
>>First Edition of a very early investment
guide includes annuity and interest tables, gold,
currency and calendar conversions, and tables of
dividends paid by the Banque de France.
OF A STOCK OPERATOR. New York: George H. Doran,
1923. 8vo, 299pp. Tan cloth, spine stamped in green,
decorative blind title on front cover, slightly
soiled, internally fine.
>>First Edition of the most-widely acclaimed
stock market classic of all time.
Bubble]. Het Groote Tafereel der Waasheid
GREAT MIRROR OF FOLLY, SHOWING THE RISE, PROGRESS,
AND DOWNFALL OF THE BUBBLE IN STOCKS AND WINDY
SPECULATION, ESPECIALLY IN FRANCE, ENGLAND, AND THE
NETHERLANDS IN THE YEAR 1720, Being a collection
of all the terms and proposals of the incorporated
companies for insurance, navigation, trade, &c.
in the Netherlands
With prints, comedies, and
poems published by various amateurs, scoffing at this
terrible and deceitful trade, by which various
families and persons of high and low condition were
ruined in this year, and possessions lost, and honest
trade stopped, not only in France and England but in
the Netherlands]. [Amsterdam: D. Onder de Linden],
1720. Folio, 25, , , 76 engraved plates, 52,
31, , , 10pp. Modern quarter morocco and cloth.
Tear in one plate professionally repaired, minor
scattered stains confined chiefly to the terminal
text leaves (and not affecting the image areas of any
of the plates). Small perforated library blind stamp,
otherwise a fine copy of this fascinating book.
>>The very scarce First Edition of one of the
great satirical plate books of the eighteenth
century, directing its invective against the scheme
of John Law and the Mississippi Company (the
Mississippi Bubble), and its imitation in the
Netherlands, where over 350 million guilders were
collected for the establishment of economic colonies
in Louisiana and Canada by the "Compagnie
dOccident." The Great Mirror of Folly has
always been a bibliographically perplexing book; no
two copies collate the same, and Sabin states that
the complement of plates ranges from 60 to 74.
However, this copy is of special note in that it
includes 76 engraved plates, two of which are not
called for on the engraved register of plates. The
plates themselves are examples of excellent artistry,
printed from copperplates on varying sizes and
weights of paper, with the majority of them folding.
Each of the plates incorporates some form of
explanatory text, often in the form of satirical
An exceedingly curious collection
of emblematic plates and caricatures
illustrate the rise and fall of the great
full of humor; many of them are
exceedingly ludicrous, and some very obscene"
(Sabin 28932). "Rarely does a single volume
combine in itself so much economic interest and so
many bibliographical puzzles. Of the volumes
real significance in economic literature there can be
There is scarcely another item just
like it" (Cole, The Great Mirror of Folly, Kress
Library). Both the British Museum and the Kress
Library have variant issues of this volume.
An Act for continuing Trade to the
VIEWS OF THE NEW YORK STOCK
EXCHANGE 1897-98. New York: Moses King,1898.
Large 4to, 98pp, illustrated. Green pictorial cloth
elaborately decorated and gilt stamped. Over l 000
photographs of the Exchange and surrounding buildings
and environs, as well as photographic portraits of
the Exchange members and other prominent Wall Street
financiers of the day.
1, Number 1: February, 1930.