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Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : with facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852

"The object of the author in the following pages has been to collect the most remarkable instances of those moral epidemics which have been excited, sometimes by one cause and sometimes by another, and to show how easily the masses have been led astray, and how imitative, and gregarious men are, even in their infatuations and crimes. Some of the subjects introduced may be familiar to the reader; but the Author hopes that sufficient novelty of detail will be found even in these, to render them acceptable; while they could not be wholly omitted in justice to the subject, of which it was proposed to treat. The memoirs of the South Sea madness and the Mississippi delusion are more complete and copious than are to be found elsewhere; and the same may be said of the history of the Witch Mania, which contains an account of its terrific progress in Germany, a part of the subject which has been left comparatively untouched by Sir Walter Scott, in his "Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft," the most important that have yet appeared on this fearful but most interesting subject. Popular delusions began so early, spread so widely, and have lasted so long, that instead of two or three volumes, fifty would scarcely suffice to detail their history. The present may be considered more of a miscellany of delusions than a history, a chapter only in the great and awful book of human folly which yet remains to be written, and which Porson once jestingly said he would write in five hundred volumes! Interspersed are sketches of some lighter matters, amusing instancies of the imitativeness and wrongheadedness of the people, rather than examples of folly and delusion. Religious manias have been purposely excluded as incompatible with the limits prescribed to the present work; a mere list of them would alone be sufficient to occupy a volume"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).

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  • "Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions"
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  • ""Material included in the original edition of 1841 of Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds by Charles Mackay, LL. D., and deleted from the edition of 1852 and later editions. Reprinted by L.C. Page & company, Boston" (cover-title, 1 p. l., 87 p.) laid in."
  • ""The object of the author in the following pages has been to collect the most remarkable instances of those moral epidemics which have been excited, sometimes by one cause and sometimes by another, and to show how easily the masses have been led astray, and how imitative, and gregarious men are, even in their infatuations and crimes. Some of the subjects introduced may be familiar to the reader; but the Author hopes that sufficient novelty of detail will be found even in these, to render them acceptable; while they could not be wholly omitted in justice to the subject, of which it was proposed to treat. The memoirs of the South Sea madness and the Mississippi delusion are more complete and copious than are to be found elsewhere; and the same may be said of the history of the Witch Mania, which contains an account of its terrific progress in Germany, a part of the subject which has been left comparatively untouched by Sir Walter Scott, in his "Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft," the most important that have yet appeared on this fearful but most interesting subject. Popular delusions began so early, spread so widely, and have lasted so long, that instead of two or three volumes, fifty would scarcely suffice to detail their history. The present may be considered more of a miscellany of delusions than a history, a chapter only in the great and awful book of human folly which yet remains to be written, and which Porson once jestingly said he would write in five hundred volumes! Interspersed are sketches of some lighter matters, amusing instancies of the imitativeness and wrongheadedness of the people, rather than examples of folly and delusion. Religious manias have been purposely excluded as incompatible with the limits prescribed to the present work; a mere list of them would alone be sufficient to occupy a volume"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)."@en
  • ""Every age has its peculiar folly; some scheme, project, or phantasy into which it plunges, spurred on by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the mere force of imitation," said author Charles Mackay. It was true then in 1841, and it is certainly true now. This informative, funny collection of popular delusions, from Alchemy to Mesmerism, has become a classic--a study of mass manias, crowd behavior, and human folly. The book encompasses a broad range of scams, manias, and deceptions including witch burning and the Great Crusades. Here are the human quirks that created the Mississippi Bubble and Tulipomania--when speculators lost fortunes on a single tulip bulb. Here are the follies and fads that dictated fashion through the ages."
  • "Memopirs of extraordinary popular delusions."
  • "Singular casebook of human folly. Study of crowd psychology and mass mania."@en

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  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and The madness of crowds : with facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : with facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the Madness of Crowds"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : with facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds With facsim. title pages and reproductions of original illus. from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions. By Charles Mackay"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : with facsimile title-pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds. With facsim. title pages and reproductions of original illus. from the editions of 1841 and 1852"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : with facsimile title pages and reproduction of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : with facsimile title pages and reproduction of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds / a verbatim reprint, with reproductions of original illustrations, of the edition of 1852; with a foreword by Bernard M. Baruch"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : with facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the eds. of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds with facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds with facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : With facsim. title pages and reproduction of original illus. from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds : With facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
  • "Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions"@en
  • "Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and The madness of crowds : with facimile ritle pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852"
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  • "Extraordinary popular delusions : and the madness of crowds"
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds, with a foreword by Bernard M. Baruch"@en
  • "[Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.] Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds ... With facsimile title pages and reproductions of original illustrations from the editions of 1841 and 1852, etc"@en
  • "Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds. : With facsim. title pages and reproductions of original illus. from the editions of 1841 and 1852"@en
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