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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. by  Charles MacKay - Signed First Edition - 1841 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 129387)

Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

by MacKay, Charles

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London: Richard Bentley, 1841. First edition of this classic study of crowd psychology, a compilation of human folly throughout the ages. Octavo, three volumes, illustrated. Bound in three quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. With an autographed letter signed by Charles MacKay in 1867 laid in. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is divided into three broad categories, including 'National Delusions,' 'Peculiar Follies,' and 'Philosophical Delusions.' The author discusses a wide variety of subjects and events, which include economic bubbles like the tulip craze of Holland in 1637 and the Mississippi Company financial bubble of 1719; alchemy, which was of particular interest to individuals who wanted to create gold out of lesser-valued materials; the Crusades, also known as the Middle Ages mania; witch hunts, the persecution of thousands of innocent victims that arose from either supernatural ill fortune or neighbors with a score to settle; duels; the political and religious influence on beards; and several others. The impact of Mackay’s work has been remarkably far-reaching, influencing such fields as popular psychology and the stock market— as noted by The New York Times, wrote: "Any investor who has not read Charles Mackay’s "Tulipomania," from his classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions, first published in 1841, should grab this book for that exercise alone.

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book dealer
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
129387
Title
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.
Author
MacKay, Charles
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Richard Bentley
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1841
Keywords
Charles MacKay first edition, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds First Edition, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions First Edition
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Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [more]
raised band(s)
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First Edition
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octavo
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calf
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gilt
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New
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fine
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