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Decorative print satirising the stock exchange business after it collapse in the beginning of the 18th century, that led to the complete ruin of many of over-eager French, Dutch and English shareholders. Underneath the print text in Dutch and French.
From: Great mirror of folly. - 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.An early issue of the renowned monument for the speculative mania of 1720. 'The great mirror of folly, showing the rise, progress, and downfall of the bubble in stocks and windy speculation in France, England, and the Netherlands in the year 1720' constitute a collection of mostly satirical plates on the speculations connected with the operations of John Law, together with the charters of important companies, comedies, poems, etc.
Reference: A.H.Cole, The great mirror of folly, 1949
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