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|Genre/Form:||Early works to 1900|
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|ISBN:||0517539195 9780517539194 0517541238 9780517541234|
|Notes:||Originally published in 1841 under title: Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions.|
|Description:||xxiv, 724 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||The Mississippi Scheme --
John Law; his birth and youthful career --
Duel between Law and Wilson --
Law's escape from the King's Bench --
The "Land-bank" --
Law's gambling propensities on the continent, and acquaintance with the Duke of Orleans --
State of France after the reign of Louis XIV --
Paper money instituted in that country by Law --
Enthusiasm of the French People at the Mississippi Scheme --
Marshal Villars --
Strategems employed and bribes given for an interview with Law --
Great fluctuations in Mississippi stock --
Dreadful murders --
Law created comptroller-general of finances --
Great sale for all kinds of ornaments in Paris --
Financial difficulties commence --
Men sent out to work the mines on the Mississippi, as a blind --
Payment stopped at the bank --
Law dismissed from the ministry --
Payments made in specie --
Law and the regent satirised in song --
Dreadful crisis of the Mississippi Scheme --
Law, almost a ruined man, flies to Venice --
Death of the Regent --
Law obliged to resort again to gambling --
His death at Venice --
The south-sea bubble --
Originated by Harley Earl of Oxford --
Exchange Alley a scene of great excitement --
Mr. Walpole --
Sir John Blunt --
Great demand for shares --
Innumerable "bubbles" --
List of nefarious projects and bubbles --
Great rise in south-sea stock --
Sudden fall --
General meeting of the directors --
Fearful climax of the South-Sea expedition --
Its effects on society --
Uproar in the House of Commons --
Escape of knight --
Apprehension of Sir John Blunt.
|Other Titles:||Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions|
|Responsibility:||by Charles Mackay ; with a foreword by Andrew Tobias ; with facsim. title pages and reproductions of original ill. from the editions of 1841 and 1852.|
Table of Contents:
The Mississippi scheme -- The South-Sea bubble -- The tulipomania -- The alchymists -- Modern prophecies -- Fortune-telling -- The magnetisers -- Influence of politics and religion on the hair and beard -- The Crusades -- The witch mania -- The slow poisoners -- Haunted houses -- Popular follies of great cities -- Popular admiration of great thieves -- Duels and ordeals -- Relics.
- Impostors and imposture.
- Swindlers and swindling.
- Occultism -- Early works to 1900.
- Social psychology.