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MACKAY, Charles.

Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.

Published: London: Richard Bentley, 1841

Stock code: 90874

Price: £12,500

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First edition of this important early work on popular delusions of all types, from belief in alchemy and witchcraft to economic events such as the tulip bubble. Still in print, Mackay’s book has had a profound influence on economics and sociology, with many modern economists referring to his work when analyzing the stock market bubbles of our own age. The first edition has now become a rare book in commerce.

3 volumes, octavo (220 134 mm). Nineteenth-century tan half calf, expertly rebacked retaining the original labels, spines gilt in compartments, marbled sides, gilt edges. Frontispiece to each volume and 2 plates. Some skilful restoration to corners. Title, contents and preface in Volume 1 with an old paper repair in the gutter, text unaffected. Overall, a very good set.

Bibliography: Denniston and Goodman 58; Kress C.5560; Zerden, pp. 77-78; not in Goldsmiths' or Mattioli.

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