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Engraving with very large margins. 350 x 390mm (13¾ x 15¼"). Folded, as issued.
'The Rise and Fall of the Share dealers.' A satire on the Mississippi scheme, with an architectural structure supporting several images, including : a medallion portrait of John Law holding a paper labelled 'Mississippi' is flanked by a wolf holding a dead lamb in its jaw and a monkey; a medallion with a horse defecating coins; a a view of the Tuilleries Palace with the aftermath of a duel, with one man dead and his wounded opponent carried off by three friends while a lady weeps; John Law's carriage attacked by a mob; a trompe l'oeil of a banner showing rue Quinquempoix filled with people trying to sell shares; and a medallion titled 'Labour in vain' showing three men trying to scrub a negro white. Underneath is an extensive verse in Dutch. 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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