De inbeelding; heersseres van't rookverkopers-gild, maald Missisippi hier, 't geen Vrankryks schat verspild.
Engraving with very large margins. 225 x 180mm (8¾ x 7"), set in letterpress. Folded as issued.
'Fancy, the ruler of the guild of smoke-sellers, paints here Mississippi, which wastes France's treasures.' A female artist paints an oval picture of 'Mississippi', surrounded by putti. In the four corners are: (TL) a scene with two men smoking pipes; (TR) a landscape with a West Indian man standing on a tortoise and smoking a pipe; (BL) a stock exchange and two men offering papers; and (BR) a man on horseback distributing papers to a group of men while his horse defecates coins. A satire on the Mississippi Bubble. Scotsman John Law's house in rue Quinquempoix was besieged by investors eager to invest in his 'Mississippi Scheme', blocking the street. The share price shot up from 500 livres to 15,000, before collapsing back to 500 in 1721. Law had to flee the country. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
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