Apr 1, Reading Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid: An Emblem Book of the Folly of Speculation in the Bubble Year Frans De Bruyn. Frans De. Jan 1, Frans DeBruyn; Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid and the Speculative Bubble of A Bibliographical Enigma and an Economic Force. Yet, amidst this renewed critical attention, the largest and, arguably, most important Bubble text of all, the Dutch folio Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid [ The.

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Another, like a fool, looks round, gets nothing instead of expected thousands. The verses engraved below the design are to the following effect: Not only are the plates worth studying as a historical document, it is also notable for examples of the kind of textual and visual language we still use whenever a new “bubble” appears.

Law, abandoned by his protector, the Duc d’Orleans, fled to avoid jail, eventually washing up in Venice, living out his days as an unsuccessful gambler. Two opposing companies are about to do battle.

Hundreds of British companies also sprang up, most of them dodgy or bogus, to take advantage of the boom. This booklet appeared inshortly after the first grooye market crash in the Netherlands.

See our article on Speculative Bubbles Financial Crisis. It recovered, more or less. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid: Pallas laat den leepen dief, Arlequin, vast brief op brief Deelen, aan die Actieventen, Maar ach! One had already arrived at the top of the earth, when desirous of more, came miserably down.

One of the most famous cartographic curiosities; The island of Madhead: The human psyche is still weak and vulnerable to irrational herding behaviour. Moreover, confidence in the other European companies was also destroyed, and these in turn went bankrupt. When one considers that these tributaries include the Missouri and the Ohio Rivers, the French laid claim to a vast area, including regions also claimed by the British.


This engraved Dutch satire on the share mania of and the few preceding years, and on John Law of Lauriston, it is No. Shares in the Companie were originally issued at livres, but rose to 10, lives in the course of Law-rens, and inhabited by a collection of all kinds of people, to whom are given the general name shareholders. Skip to main content.

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The end came in the summer of The text provides the charters of important companies floated in various Dutch cities during the period of bubble fever, and the plates expose the principals of these companies to merciless ridicule.

His political, legal, and economic interests are evident in his writings: In June, the shares traded for d, and in July they reached 1,d. Britain had the Independent Bank of England to manage national finances, and Parliament acted quickly to bring in regulation. The Character of the Bubble in the Dutch Republic. Als je de site blijft gebruiken gaan we ervan uit dat je dat goed vindt. The economy at the time was easily strong enough to weather the crash.

Damage in Britain was more widespread, mainly because there were more companies to buy into. Satire representing 23 old Dutch and Flemish sayings, each saying is engraved near the depiction of it. Find out more x. The entrance is closed by a grating or framed net, which, turning on pivots, is opened and closed by means of cords worked by Bombario. At the sides and below the design are three columns of Dutch verse in letterpress, which have been translated as follows: At this point, speculators resolved to take their profits.

The Bubble-Lords and their movable feast pull up short before the ranks of their opposite and their future. This engraved Dutch satire on the share-jobbing mania of and the few preceding years is No. In recent years, literary and cultural historians have begun to give the events of the careful scrutiny they deserve, analyzing the outpouring of artistic, literary, musical, and visual representations prompted by the speculative fever. A rogue never fears falling for his own tricks.


Z88 can be browsed here. One of a collection of prints bound together in two volumes c. The Company seems to have been run responsibly at first, and achieved considerable success, indicated by King George III becoming governor in The French government actually did OK, since Law had used the Company, via the Bank, to buy the government’s debt when Company shares were at 10, livres. This is a dangerous place for a lit candle. The first text-part reprints the charters of some 30 speculative Companies of commerce, navigation and assurance established or at least projected in Holland between June and October On the flag which flies above the tent of Bombario is represented coffee-cup?

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Many of these prints circulated outside the Dutch Republic, finding their way to England, France, Germany, and elsewhere. By this time, Law’s reputation was truly in the ascendant. Dwaasheie was no real regulation, and instead there was some government connivance. Goldsmiths’ ; Howes G; Sabin ; Kress eds.

The Great Mirror of Folly, Or Het Groote Tafereel Der Dwaasheid

In general a very good example of this sought after book. Behind Waffle-Girl is Kniertje, a fishwife. Dwaaxheid copies have the majority but rarely all of the regular and a few of the supplementary plates.

In the other corner… The spirit of Poverty, nemesis of the Bubble-Lords, is festooned with fish, potatoes and pretzels, all cheap sustenance, and rides in a fish basket that seems to move under its own power pretzels.