'Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds' is an early study of crowd psychology by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay, first published in 1841 under the title 'Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.'
This edition of volume 1, published in 1852, has chapters on:-
The Mississippi Scheme, The South-Sea Bubble, The Tulipomania, The Alchymists, Modern Prophecies, Fortune Telling, The Magnetisers, and Influence of Politics and Religion on the Hair and Beard.
Illustrated with numerous engravings.
Decorative embossed brown cloth cover with publishers blind embossed name in the design. Gilt floral decorations and title on the spine. The rear board has a four dark spot marks, and there is a surface ship approx. 12 mm x 7 mm, towards the bottom of the spine. Cover corners have slight rubbing wear; spine ends are bumped and have small tears; two closed tears, both approx. 5 mm, to the upper spine end, and a closed tear, approx. 4 mm at the bottom. There are some foxing spots on the end papers, frontispiece and illustrated first title page, and occasional spots on the first chapter leaves. Front end papers have some numbers written on them, and on the end paper is a label attached for the Singleton Gift Library.
A quotation from the book:
"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."