Uystlag der wind negotie.
Engraving with very large margins; 350 x 390mm (13¾ x 15¼"). Folded as issued.
'Result of the wind trade.' A satire on share-dealing mania, with a man, possibly John Law, distributing shares and papers to the crowd of people, the town of Vianen (outside Dutch jurisdiction so notorious as an asylum for criminals and debtors) in the background. Details include castles in the air, crying investors and a man with a stocking on his head. Underneath is an extensive key in Dutch. On the left is 'Bombario', a bespectacled hunchback allowing himself to be used as a writing desk. Although here he looks like a figure of fun he is in fact a usurer (another satire shows him using pliers on a man's testicles) and the cap he wears is symbolic of a Jew in anti-semitic propaganda. 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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