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Afbeeldinge van 't zeer vermaarde eiland Geks-Kop [...].

1720

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Copperplate etching / engraving on verge type hand laid paper with watermark. Afbeeldinge van 't zeer vermaarde eiland Geks-Kop. Gelegen in de Actie-ze, ontdekt door Monsr. Lau-rens, werdende bewoond door een verzamleing van alderhande Volkeren die men dezen generalen naam (Actionisten) geeft.' (Image of the reknown island Fools-Head. situated in the stock certificate-sea, discovered by mr. Law, inhabitated by a collection of several people, generally named (Actionists).) This plate also shows investors in despair, the Amsterdam tea-house and a wind-wagon. A caricature in prose and verse satirizing the disastrous Mississippi scheme (1718-1720) of the French Compagnie d'Occident and the speculations its stock that led to the complete ruin of many of its over-eager French, Dutch and English shareholders. Original engraved print from "Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid, vertoonende de opkomst, voortgang en ondergang der Actie, Bubbel en Windnegotie, in Vrankryk, Engeland, en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den Jaare MDCCXX", Amsterdam, 1720. (The Great Mirror of Folly, which is actually a collection on all printsmaps and text, published in 1720, satirizing the Englishman John Law, his Mississippi Company, and the international land and trading speculation in worthless shares of the South Sea Bubble of 1719-1720, which resulted in an international scandal.

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  • Condition Details
    General age related toning and occasional light staining as visible on scan. Original fold as issued. Small tear in right margin, restored and backed, not effecting image. Please study scan carefully. One of the more sought after plates.
  • Period
    1720-1729
  • Dimensions
    H 8.86 in. x W 10.04 in.H 22.5 cm x W 25.5 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Zeeland, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU59232438011
  • Seller Reference Number
    34446 B53-46
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