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
>>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
d’Occident." 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 verse. "…An exceedingly curious
collection of emblematic plates and
caricatures…which illustrate the rise and fall of
the great speculation…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 volume’s real
significance in economic literature there can be
no doubt…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.
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