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Baal. of de Waereld in Maskerade. The World in Masquerade.
Baal. of de Waereld in Maskerade. The World in Masquerade. Here, may the Wand ring Eye with pleasure See Both Knaves and Foolls in borrow d shapes agree; How Lords and Ladies wave their wonted pride, And walk with Jilts and Bullies. side by side…Thus, all the World for Intrest, Love or Fear Conceal themselves and in disguise appear. [Followed by translation in Dutch.]
[n.d. c.1720.]
A very rare etching. 398 x 469mm. 15¾ x 18½". Vertical crease down the middle.
The stockmarket as a masquerade ball. A grand interior, host to the masquerade ball.
BM Satires: 1635. Muller: 3601.
[Ref: 14572]   £280.00  
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The Bank Macaroni.
The Bank Macaroni.
Pub accord to Act April 17th 1773 by MDarly 39 Strand.
Etching, 175 x 125mm. 6¾ x 5".
A portly and rather self-important looking man in profile holding a quill pen, presumably a manager or employee of a bank. From 'Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.6' upper left and '1' upper right.
BM Satires: 4707.
[Ref: 14351]   £220.00  
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The Bubblers Mirrour; or Englands Folly.
The Bubblers Mirrour; or Englands Folly.
Printed for Carington Bowles next ye Chapter House in St Pauls Ch. Yard, London [n.d., c.1766].
Mezzotint image with etched surround. Image 355 x 250mm (14 x 9¾"). Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A weeping man holds up an empty money bag. A satire on financial bubbles, primarily the South Sea Bubble (the text under the portrait describes the man as a South Sea investor), but also listing other schemes and giving some of the inflated prices they reached from the subscription price. For example: stockings, rising to £30 from £2 10s; 'Manuring of Land' ('They'll never make corn cheap, or horse dung dear') ; 'Bleaching of Hair'; Royal Assurance & London Assurance; 'Insurances against ye Venereal Desease'; and the Pennsylvania Company, rising from £5 5s to £40! This satire was first published by Thomas Bowles in 1720; this example was published by his nephew soon after Carington took over the business in 1766. Apparently the satire was extremely popular: the firm of Bowles & Carver were still issuing it at the end of the century.
BM: 1621.
[Ref: 33210]   £790.00  
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The Bubblers Mirrour: or Englands Folly.
The Bubblers Mirrour: or Englands Folly.
Printed for Bowles & Carver 69, St. Pauls Church Yd. London. [n.d., c.1800.]
Engraved broadside with central mezzotint and etched vignettes. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"); large margins. Some repaired tears in margins.
A weeping man holds up an empty money bag. A satire on financial bubbles, primarily the South Sea Bubble (the text under the portrait describes the man as a South Sea investor), but also listing other schemes and giving some of the inflated prices they reached from the subscription price. For example: stockings, rising to £30 from £2 10s; 'Manuring of Land' ('They'll never make corn cheap, or horse dung dear') ; 'Bleaching of Hair'; Royal Assurance & London Assurance; 'Insurances against ye Venereal Desease'; and the Pennsylvania Company, rising from £5 5s to £40! This plate was first issued by Thomas Bowles in 1720; this impression from a re-worked and re-issued state - on wove not laid paper - by his successor Henry Carington Bowles (1724 - 1793) and Samuel Carver, with whom Bowles traded between 1793 and 1832.
BM Satires: 1621. State iii of iii.
[Ref: 40699]   £420.00  
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The City Sheep Shearing.
The City Sheep Shearing.
[Isaac Cruikshank.]
Published by SW Fores no 50 Piccadilly April 12th 1809.
Hand-coloured etching; paper watermarked: 1805. 222 x 336mm (8¾ x 13¼"). Cut.
Three men shear four rams with human faces and long spiral horns. The first, still unshorn, has the bottle-nose and drink-blotched face of Curtis; a large bell hangs from his neck. He is Quin, who took an active part against Flower. The second, Councillor Waithman (a draper), holds Flower, the Mayor, labelled ‘The Flower of the Flock’, who is almost shaved. The third, Alderman Harvey Combe, uses a comb. He holds Alderman Price ; beside him is another ram (Shaw), completely shorn and dejected.
BM Satires: 11309.
[Ref: 30573]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Coffee's the thing! Go it ye Tigers!
Coffee's the thing! Go it ye Tigers!
Drawn, Etch.d. & Pub by Richard Dighton Nov. 1823.
London Pub.d. by Tho.s. M.c.Lean 26 Haymarket 1824.
Hand coloured etching with very large margins. Plate: 145 x 225mm, (5¾ x 9").
A full length portrait of a man, identified by the British Museum as a Mr Cohen, stands facing the right, holding his shirt collar between his fingers.
BM 14533.A
[Ref: 34412]   £220.00  
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An English Macaroni at Paris changeing English Guineas for Silver.
An English Macaroni at Paris changeing English Guineas for Silver.
Pubd. by MDarly 39 Strand March 17th 1774.
Etching, 180 x 245mm. 7 x 9¾".
An Englishman directing two men, one of whom appears to be a black boy, to load bags of silver into a carriage where his wife is seated. The money-changer with one foot in the doorway to right meanwhile cannot believe his luck. From 'Macaronies, Characters, Caricatures &c designed by the greatest personages, artists &c', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.3' upper left and '15' upper right.
BM Satires: 4650.
[Ref: 14528]   £280.00  
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The Falling of the Stocks.
The Falling of the Stocks. Engraved for the Carlton House Magazine.
Published by W & J. Stratford No. 112 Holborn Hill, March 1793
Engraving with accompanying letterpress, platemark 175 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼").
Print published in the 'Carlton House Magazine', where it accompanied a dialogue between a man who had recently lost a large amount of money on the stock market, and his maid. Here the man rages, kicking a table and scattering its contents, while a cat and dog fight. On the wall are pictures of a stormy sea with a lighthouse, and a pair of pictures bearing the text 'Such Things Are Much Ado About Nothing'. The print may be a reissue of a plate first published a couple of years earlier, as was often the case with illustrations in the 'Carlton House Magazine'.
[Ref: 45854]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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A (four dice depicted) Macaroni. Gambler.
A (four dice depicted) Macaroni. Gambler. V.3. 16.
Pub accord to Act by MDarly Strand July 2d 1772.
Etching. Plate 178 x 128mm (7 x 5").
Whole length portrait of Alexander Fordyce (1729-1789), the most active partner in the firm of London bankers, Neale, James, Fordyce and Down. He absconded in 1772, after which, 10 June 1772, the bank stopped payment. He was famous for speculations in 'Change Alley', at first very successful, and for his extravagant way of living. He was a Scot, and the failure rekindled the outcry against the Scots. In his hand he holds a money bag, and a paper 'Scotch Bill for 10,000L'.
BM Satires: 5016.
[Ref: 38197]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The Ghost.
The Ghost.
Designed & Published by G. Rowe [n.d., c.1839]
Rare lithograph, printed area250 x 295mm (9¾ x 11½"). Repaired tear to margins.
Four bankers sit at a table making an inventory of the complex assets of the 'ghost' of the title, who, to make things more complicated, hovers above the company, gleefully distributing codicils. One of these is in the includes the text 'Corporation of Gloucester' and 'Jam. Wood'. The artist and lithograph George Rowe (1796-1864) lived in Cheltenham and depicted sights and people of local interest. The 'ghost' in question here is probably James Wood (1756-1836), who ran Gloucester Old Bank, one of the earliest private banks in England. After Wood's death it was absorbed by the County of Gloucestershire Banking Company. Rowe also made a print of Gloucester Old Bank.
For Rowe's print of Gloucester Old Bank see ref. 17546.
[Ref: 42003]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The Heiress Plate 1.
The Heiress Plate 1. The Surprise.
[by Robert Seymour]
Published March 1st 1830 by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket London
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾") large margins. Repaired tear on right.
Five sketches, in the first of which an unexpected visitor informs the assembled company of a shabby working-class home that 'Grandfather from India Died on his Passage immense fortune Great Heiress Lady Dashfort Guardian'. The subsequent sketches show the heiress reacting to the news and leaving with the 'man of business'. The first plate of 'The Heiress, A Farce In Six Plates' by Robert Seymour (1798-1836). Seymour was amongst the leading British comic artists of his generation (Baudelaire wrote of his 'violence...love of the excessive, and...simple, ultra-brutal and direct manner of stating his subject'), and he provided illustrations for Dickens' 'Pickwick Papers' (which carries some similarities with the characters of 'The Heiress'), but committed suicide shortly after at the age of 38.
Abbey Life 319.i
[Ref: 40584]   £110.00  
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The Heiress Plate 2.
The Heiress Plate 2. Hey! For London [...]
[by Robert Seymour]
Published March 1st 1830 by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket London
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾") large margins.
The second plate of 'The Heiress, A Farce In Six Plates' by Robert Seymour (1798-1836). Having been informed of her inheritance in the first plate, the protagonist is here brought to London, introduced to her guardian, Lady Dashfort, and fitted out in stylish new clothes ('the metamorphose'). Along the bottom are Lady Dashfort's 25 staff. Seymour was amongst the leading British comic artists of his generation (Baudelaire wrote of his 'violence...love of the excessive, and...simple, ultra-brutal and direct manner of stating his subject'), and he provided illustrations for Dickens' 'Pickwick Papers' (which carries some similarities with the characters of 'The Heiress'), but committed suicide shortly after at the age of 38.
Abbey Life 319.ii
[Ref: 40585]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Veritable Portrait du tres fameux Seigneur messire Quinquenpoix. No.1 Of Stront Of Koning.
Veritable Portrait du tres fameux Seigneur messire Quinquenpoix. No.1 Of Stront Of Koning.
[n.d., c.1720.]
Engraved portrait within engraved text. Total printed area 220 x 320mm, 8¾ x 12½". Trimmed within text platemark, laid on album paper.
Satirical portrait of Scot John Law, holding a purse, with a cauldron with money and shares thrown in by various people underneath. His house in rue Quinquempoix became with the infamous 'Mississippi Scheme' speculation bubble. Share prices in his company shot up from 500 livres to 15,000, before collapsing back to 500 in 1721. Law had to flee the country.
BM Satire 1612.
[Ref: 12943]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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Life Let Us Cherish.
Life Let Us Cherish. 'Sir, I have just had a legacy bequeath'd me, and shall be glad if you will insure my life for five hundred years, as I want time to enjoy it.'
[n.d. c.1845.]
Rare coloured lithograph. 133 x 165mm. 5¼ x 6½". Cut and laid on album sheet.
An elderly man with two sticks stands next to his wife in front of a counter at the 'Life Insurance Office', before a clerk. Early life insurance satire.
[Ref: 24115]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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De Ridder van het Gilde Kalf of Hopman van de Vroege en Laate Slacht tyd In Optogt naar 't Orakel van Delfos.  De Zon in de Schutter.  Orakel van Deflos.  Schuylenburg.  Al ons geschater Is wind en water.  Uit het vel van't kalf  Puurd men narren zalf.
De Ridder van het Gilde Kalf of Hopman van de Vroege en Laate Slacht tyd In Optogt naar 't Orakel van Delfos. De Zon in de Schutter. Orakel van Deflos. Schuylenburg. Al ons geschater Is wind en water. Uit het vel van't kalf Puurd men narren zalf. 't Brood dronken beeft Diend ons ter feest.
Engraving. Plate 342 x 277mm.
A satire on the most infamous financial meltdown in history, the Mississippi Bubble incident. The humpbacked man, mounted on a cow holding gun and a fool's cap, is is John Law, the Scottish financier who established the Banque Generale in France. He was then granted control of Louisiana and founded the Compagnie de la Louisiane d'Occident in 1717 to raise money to capitalise on the fabulous resources of the region. Speculators forced up the value of the company's shares but in 1720 the bubble burst, causing a run on the shares, forcing the company into backruptcy. As a consequence of the failure confidence in other similar companies failed and thousands of individual investors across Europe were ruined.
[Ref: 1670]   £280.00  
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De stervende Bubbel-Heer in den schoot van Madame Compagne.
De stervende Bubbel-Heer in den schoot van Madame Compagne.
[n.d., 1720.]
Engraving. 350 x 330mm (13¾ x 13"). Sheet extended with strips of paper to fit the original binding. Edges tatty.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'The dying Lord Bubble in the lap of Madam Company'. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles, copied from a satire of Louis XIV by Romeyn de Hooghe.
[Ref: 11793]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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De Laggende Law, de Treurende Actionist met de Smekende Mercurius.
De Laggende Law, de Treurende Actionist met de Smekende Mercurius.
[n.d., 1720.]
Engraving. 275 x 355mm. Repairs to folds.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'Law laughing, the shareholders mourning, and Mercury entreating.'. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
[Ref: 7688]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Stryd Tuszen de Smullende Bubbel Heeren, en de Aanstaande Armoede.
Stryd Tuszen de Smullende Bubbel Heeren, en de Aanstaande Armoede.
[n.d., 1725.]
Engraving. 275 x 355mm. Repairs to folds.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'Encounter of the carousing bubble lords and menacing poverty'. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
[Ref: 7687]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Vonnis van Apol over de bubbels.
Vonnis van Apol over de bubbels.
[n.d., 1725.]
Engraving. 275 x 355mm.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'Apollo's verdict on the stock-jobbers'. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
[Ref: 7686]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Anatomie der Wind-Negotie, of Bombario voor den Drommel.
Anatomie der Wind-Negotie, of Bombario voor den Drommel.
[n.d., c.1725.]
Engraving. 275 x 275mm. Repaired tears.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'Anatomy of the stock-jobbery or Bombario gone to the devil'. The bespectacled Bombario is a usurer, picking over the corpse of an investor. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
[Ref: 7672]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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De Opgehulde Actionisten in hun eer en aan zien Gesteld.
De Opgehulde Actionisten in hun eer en aan zien Gesteld.
[n.d., 1720.]
Engraving. 275 x 275mm. Repaired tears.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'The bedizened shareholders shown during their honor and influence.' Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
BM: 1631.
[Ref: 7674]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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De Kornet van Vuil gewin of Wortel en Besse Postiljon op zyn mager, doch niewlyks gemest Varken uitschreewende De Lompany is vol.
De Kornet van Vuil gewin of Wortel en Besse Postiljon op zyn mager, doch niewlyks gemest Varken uitschreewende De Lompany is vol.
[n.d., 1720.]
Engraving. 340 x 280mm, 13½ x 11". Edges of margins tatty.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'The rubbish-bearing courser, riding on his thin, but newly fatted boar, cries: The company is full'. Above his head is a flock of harpies, and, in the background, a crowd clamours for shares being thrown from a window. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
[Ref: 11790]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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De Viaantsche tol-poort voor d'actionisten komende uyt alle steeden.
De Viaantsche tol-poort voor d'actionisten komende uyt alle steeden.
[n.d., 1720.]
Engraving. 350 x 330mm, 13¾ x 13".
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'The tollgate of Vianen for the shareholders arriving from all towns'. Vianen, despite being near Utrecht, was in a region owned by a German count and was therefore German soil. It became the refuge of thos made bankrupt by the Mississippi Bubble's collapse: anyone who could pay the toll to enter the city could get sanctuary from creditors. 'Going to live in Vianen' became a euphemism for going bankrupt. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
[Ref: 11792]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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De Lachende Ezopus, op het koolmaal, gehouden ter asscheyd van Actieapen.
De Lachende Ezopus, op het koolmaal, gehouden ter asscheyd van Actieapen.
[n.d., 1720.]
Engraving. 290 x 365mm, 11½ x 14½". Edges of margins tatty.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'The laughing Aesop, present at the cole (cabbage-feast), which was given at the leave-taking of the stock-apes'. In the background a pacl of wolves savage a flock of sheep. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
BM Satire 1678.
[Ref: 11789]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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Graf kelder der Verongelukte Actionisten.
Graf kelder der Verongelukte Actionisten. Eere-titel, of Gordyn voor het Schouburg der Actie-Tafereelen, beschildert met de Actie-Winkel des Groenen en Dorren Tyds, Of Spiegel des Papieren Warelds.
[Amsterdam, 1720.]
Etching & engraving. Two plates, largest 290 x 190mm (11½ x 7½"), with letterpress below Folded as issued, repaired tears & creases.
'Tomb of the ruined stockholders', 'Titlepage of honor, or curtain before the theatre of the stock plays, representing the stock shop of the green and sterile times; or mirror of the paper world'. An engraving showing an old winged man, holding a mirror in front of a young man who points at a globe representing the international speculation schemes, surrounded by an etched border of Callot figures, strap-work and various objects, including two bird cages. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
BM: 1638.
[Ref: 35873]   £240.00  
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De Vervallen Actionisten, Hersteld, door den Triompheerden Arlequin.
De Vervallen Actionisten, Hersteld, door den Triompheerden Arlequin.
[n.d., 1722.]
Engraving. 280 x 355mm. 11" x 13¾". Trimmed close to platemark at top edge. Fold crease vertically down the centre as normal.
Satire on the Mississippi Bubble, with the title translating as 'The ruined share-holders restored by the triumphant Harlequin'. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
BM: 1631.
[Ref: 26991]   £260.00  
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Graf kelder der Verongelukte Actionisten.
Graf kelder der Verongelukte Actionisten. Eere-titel, of Gordyn voor het Schouburg der Actie-Tafereelen, beschildert met de Actie-Winkel des Groenen en Dorren Tyds, Of Spiegel des Papieren Warelds.
[Amsterdam, 1720.]
Coloured etching & engraving. Two plates, largest 290 x 190mm (11½ x 7½"), with letterpress title below Letterpress description lacking.
'Tomb of the ruined stockholders', 'Titlepage of honor, or curtain before the theatre of the stock plays, representing the stock shop of the green and sterile times; or mirror of the paper world'. An engraving showing an old winged man, holding a mirror in front of a young man who points at a globe representing the international speculation schemes, surrounded by an etched border of Callot figures, strap-work and various objects, including two bird cages. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
BM: 1638.
[Ref: 43998]   £360.00  
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[The share-jobber and the ghost of Aesop]. Bombario Actionist ende Geest van Esopus.
[The share-jobber and the ghost of Aesop]. Bombario Actionist ende Geest van Esopus.
1720.
Engraving. Sheet: 100 x 155mm (4 x 6"). Trimmed and laid on album sheet.
The frontispiece to a series of satirical prints 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' commenting on the Mississippi and South Sea Companies, their promoters and victims.
[Ref: 44629]   £230.00  
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What security can you give for the £100? / Why I've not the least objection to give my own personal security!
What security can you give for the £100? / Why I've not the least objection to give my own personal security! Notions of the Agreeable. No.43.
London: Published by William Spooner, 377, Strand. Printed by W. Kohler. 22, Denmark St. Soho. [n.d. c.1835]
Coloured lithograph. 310 x 240mm (12¼ x 9½"). Paper toning, laid; two spots upper right corner; chip to lower left.
Satire on banking: a man seeks financial security from his banker.
[Ref: 30748]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Odds & Ends No.19.
Odds & Ends No.19. Now then old boy, we want, One Pound, Ten shillings & Eleven pence half-penny, for Four rates, due Michelmas day last, [...]
W.N.
London Printed & Published by T. Dawson. 54 Leicester Square. July 22nd 1835.
Hand coloured lithograph. Sheet size: 310 x 215mm (12¼ x 8½"), large margins. Slightly stained.
[Ref: 39289]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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Paul Pry among the Bankers.
Paul Pry among the Bankers. [Pry:] Hope I don't intrude....if you don't find it rather hard to make both ends meet...I dare say you haven't stop'd payment eh? ... [Banker:] ...take your Ballance...and put it in a place of safety, if you can find one!
Pub. by Ingrey & Madeley. Lithoge. Office. 310 Strand [n.d., c.1835].
Coloured lithograph, sheet 210 x 235mm. 8¼ x 9¼".
John Liston was the leading comic actor of the first half of the 19th century. In 1825, with 20 years of experience behind him, he created his masterpiece character, Paul Pry, in John Poole's farce of the same name. Pry is a man consumed with curiosity, an interfering busybody unable to mind his own business. Here he quizzes a banker about how he maintins his bank as a going concern - a very topical subject! With his striped trousers, hessian boots, tail coat and top hat, Liston moulded Pry into a uniquely endearing character. Most memorable was the umbrella that Pry conveniently left behind everywhere he went so that he would have an excuse to return and eavesdrop.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 12274]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Controlleur van de Gelukkige en Rampzalige Lapis-Zoekers.
Controlleur van de Gelukkige en Rampzalige Lapis-Zoekers.
[n.d., c.1720.]
Engraving. Plate: 120 x 180mm (4¾ x 7"). Foxing and surface dirt. Messy.
A portrait of a dwarf, ''The Controller of the fortunate and miserable Lapis seekers, or searchers for the Philosopher's Stone''. Plate 8 from 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid', a series of Dutch satires on the Mississippi and South Sea Companies, their promoters and victims.
BM Satire 1670.
[Ref: 44628]   £230.00  
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By veele zit de kei in 't hooft om dat men in de wind gelooft.
By veele zit de kei in 't hooft om dat men in de wind gelooft.
[n.d., c.1725.]
Copper engraving. 310 x 390mm, 12¼ x 15¼". Split in centre fold repaired as normal.
A broadside on the South Sea Bubble, the excessive speculation compared to various cures for bizarre illnesses which include boulders in or at people's bodies, in particular at the forehead; with an etching showing various scenes of ill people and their treatment, at the top centre is Bombario (a hunchbacked usurer) extracting worthless stones from the anus of a dead man with a stock certificate in his hand; with engraved title and various sets of inscribed verses. 'Derived from a Dutch saying 'de Kei in het hoofd hebben' (to have a cobble stone in your head) which means 'being crazy'. The remedy, applied in the middle ages, was to cut out the cobble stone from the head.' See British Museum:1907,0117.1
From the Norman Blackburn collection.
[Ref: 22115]   £260.00  
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De Kornet van Vuil gewin of Wortel en Besse Postiljon op zyn mager doch niewlijks gemest Varken uitschreeuwende De Kompany is Vol.
De Kornet van Vuil gewin of Wortel en Besse Postiljon op zyn mager doch niewlijks gemest Varken uitschreeuwende De Kompany is Vol.
[n.d., c.1720.]
Etching with small margins. Platemark: 340 x 275mm (13¼ x 10¾"). Slight loss in corners outside platemark.
A satire on the South Sea Bubble financial crisis in Paris in 1720 showing 'Bombario' riding on a pig. 'Bombario' is from the Dutch saying 'Bombarie maken' or 'Bombarie slaan', meaning to make a commotion or a lot of noise, and is often depicted in Dutch satirical prints dealing with the financial crisis of 1720/21. 'Bombario' has thrown a rope around the horns of a cow, standing in a pool, and tries to pull the cow out.. In the left background a crowd is standing underneath the windows of a house. From the window a person is throwing paper into the crowd. The banner hanging from the window reads 'De Kompany is Vol'. Dutch verse in two columns is inscribed below. From the series entitled, 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid', meaning 'The Great Scene of Folly', published 1720.
[Ref: 35743]   £520.00  
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De Verslagen Actionist in de Stoel met Rinkels, overreeden geweest van't gelauwerd Paard van Troje.
De Verslagen Actionist in de Stoel met Rinkels, overreeden geweest van't gelauwerd Paard van Troje.
[n.d., c.1720.]
Etching, rare. Sheet size: 320 x 400mm (12½ x 15¾"). Trimmed to plate. Slight creasing.
A satire on the South Sea Bubble financial crisis in 1720. A scene in the clouds with groups of people and animals accompanied by numbers and texts. In the centre for example, is a windmill, lettered '1720', in front of which an investor wearing a fool's cap is seated in a child's wheeled chair blowing bubbles. On his head is a raven about to peck out his eyes and beside him stands his distraught wife and three ragged children quarrelling. The illustrations are numbered 1-12, with inscriptions in four columns below in Dutch. From the series entitled, 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid', meaning 'The Great Scene of Folly', published 1720.
[Ref: 35746]   £620.00  
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De Malle Actionisten naar Vianen of 't Peperland.
De Malle Actionisten naar Vianen of 't Peperland.
[n.d., c.1720.]
Etching with small margins, very rare. Platemark: 310 x 395mm (12¼ x 15½"). Two small tears in lower margin. Some creasing verso.
A satire on the South Sea Bubble financial crisis in 1720 showing a coach drawn by four horses. The coach is driven by a Harlequin and five men are sitting in the coach. On the back there sits Bombario (a hunchbacked usuror) blowing bubbles. 'Bombario' is from the Dutch saying 'Bombarie maken' or 'Bombarie slaan', meaning to make a commotion or a lot of noise, and is often depicted in Dutch satirical prints dealing with the financial crisis of 1720/21. On the top of the coach sits a monkey who is holding a banner with inscription 'Zie zo Zie zo Bombario in Apery en folio' (See here, see here Bombario in monkeybusiness and folio). In the background there are two cities with the inscriptions 'Vianen' and 'Kuilenburg'. Below the design is an engraved Dutch verse in three columns. From the series entitled, 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid', meaning 'The Great Scene of Folly', published 1720.
[Ref: 35749]   £620.00  
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A Stirling Banker.
A Stirling Banker. M.r. Stirling.
Drawn Etched by Richard Dighton June 1824.
Pub.d. by T. M.c.Lean Haymarket.
Hand-coloured etching with very large margins. J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1826 watermark. Plate: 140 x 270mm (5½ x 10½").
A full-length portrait in profile of banker Sir Walter Stirling (1802-1888).
BM 14681.
[Ref: 34317]   £220.00  
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Joint Stock Street.
Joint Stock Street.
Woodward Del. Rowlandson.
Pub.d by T. Tegg. [n.d., c. 1809.]
Fine hand coloured etching, watermarked paper 1819. Platemark: 245 x 355mm (9½ x 14"). Faint stain in lower edge.
A street scene in which a group of people gaze up at placards inviting subscriptions to unsound companies. A high wall runs from a house partly visible on the extreme left, to the street corner, enclosing a large building placarded, 'Hospital for Incurables Supported by Voluntary Subscribers' (i.e. for victims of speculation mania). The high wall on the left is covered with large bills at which the gullible are gazing; 'Doctors Company—Capital One Million divided into Shares at — Pr Share—the Advantages incalculable No Charge for Emetics opening draughts Injections'. 'Patent Coffins provided on the shortest notice —No Surgeons Admitted'. 'Genuine Milk Company free from Chalk Poison Water'. On the opposite side of the wide irregular street is a low-grade barber's shop. Above the door is a large tilted board, 'Tim, Slashem Barber and Perrigwig Maker [...]'. Spectators gaze at the bills in the foreground, middle distance, and background.
BM Satires: 11441.
[Ref: 36735]   £290.00  
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