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        Titlepage for 'The Fable of the Bees' by Bernard de Mandeville, 1714

        English School, (18th century). Medium: engraving. Date: 1714. Bernard de Mandeville (1670-1733) Anglo-Dutch philosopher, political economist and satirist; book's full title, 'The Fable of the Bees or, Private Vices Publick Benefits'; primarily a political satire, Mandeville put forward the view that vice, rather than Christian virtue, was a necessary condition for economic prosperity; Provenance: Private Collection.

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