Floraes Gecks-kap of Afbeeldinge van 't wonderlijcke iaer van 1637 doen d'eene Geck d'ander uytbroeyde, de Luy Rijck sonder goet, en Wijs sonder verstant waeren.
Etching; rare. 415 x 520mm (16 x 12½"). Folded as issued.
'Flora's fool's cap or picture of the strange year 1637, when one fool swindled the other and when people were rich without goods and wise without brains.' A satire on tulipmania, the first recorded economic bubble. In March 1637 a bulb of a 'Viceroy' tulip was offered for sale for 4,150 guilders, at a time when a skilled craftsman earned about 300 guilders a year. An extensive text in Dutch describes the scene. At the centre is a tent in the shape of a fool's cap filled with bulb dealers; in the background the figure of Flora departs on a donkey; to the right peasants bend over a basket with a crop of tulips and bulbs; to the front left peasants carry tulips and earth, bulbs and tulips in a wheel-barrow. Behind is a devil and a peasant tipping a basket with bulbs onto a compost heap. Originally issued at the time, this example was published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
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