Het uitgeteerde en stervende actie boomtje.
Engraving, 18th century watermark. 155 x 105mm (6 x 4¼"), set in letterpress Folded as issued.
'The tree of shares withering and dying', a satire on the South Sea Bubble. Three putti holding anchors stand before a bare tree, representing dying trade. The engraved text translates as 'Though the vain Hope still hopes, the little trade tree dies, when it deprives its nutrition from the wind and foolishness'. The British Museum gives a tentative attribution to Pieter van den Berge, based on broadsides in similar style. Published in 'Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid' (The Picture of Stupidity), a collection of satires on financial bubbles.
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