Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.London, Richard Bentley, 1841 Stock Code: 122063
NotesFirst edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South Sea 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 analysing the stock market bubbles of our own age. "Charles Mackay's passionate erudition and urbane, unaffected prose style contributed to make him one of the chief figures in the establishment of Victorian journalism as a dignified profession" (ODNB).
3 volumes, octavo (220 x 138 mm). Later blue half calf, red morocco labels to second and fourth compartments, floral motifs to others, raised bands, blue cloth sides, blue marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
Frontispieces to each volume and 2 engraved portrait plates to vol. III.
Bound without the 2-page publisher's advertisements of vol. I and the half-title of vol. II. Armorial bookplate of Alexander D. Irwin to front pastedowns. Heads of spines and joints professionally repaired, endpapers browned from turn-ins and a little foxed, plates foxed with offsetting as typical, contents bright and clean with occasional spotting, a few minor marks to D6-7 and 2A5 of volume 1, lower corner of R8 of volume 1 slightly torn, and top corners of M7-8 of volume 3 creased, overall a very good set.
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