Stultifera Navis,

Brant (Sebastian)

Stultifera Navis,

Narragonice profectionis nu[m]q[uam] sat[is] laudata Nauis ... Atq[ue] iampridem per Jacobum Locher, cognomento Philomusum: Sueuu[m]: in latinu[m] traducta eloquiu[m]: Et per sebastianu[m] Brant: denuo seduloq[ue] reuisa: felici exorditur principio.

Description: with 116 woodcuts in the text, G1 with what appears to be a paperflaw, repaired, just affecting 1 letter on the recto and with minute loss to the woodcut on the verso, a few headline shaved, repair to lower outer corner of P1 (not affecting text), a tendency to browning, a few spots and stains, 112 leaves numbered 1-116, with errors, 4to (200 x 145 mm), mid nineteenth-century dark green straight-grained morocco by Jno (i.e. John) Clarke (according to a neat inscription on the fly-leaf, probably the binder's signature), quintuple gilt fillets on sides with an ornament of concentric circles at the corners, spine richly gilt in compartments, lettered in gilt direct in 2 compartments at the top, place of printing ('Argêtina', as per colophon) and date at the foot, gilt edges, neatly rebacked, armorial bookplate of E. Horrn Frost inside front cover, initials on the fly-leaf, and full signature 'Elias Henry Frost' at the foot of yiiiv dated from Charleston So[uth] Ca[rolina] April 1852, good

Publication Details: [colophon:] Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 1st June, 1497

Notes: This 'curious and amusing droll old book' (as per an old bookseller's description tipped onto the inside front cover) first appeared in German in 1494, and in Latin, at Basle, 1 March 1497, of which this a reprint with different woodcuts. There was another Strasbourg reprint (Strasbourg being Brant's native city) by Johann Schönsperger, 1 April 1497, which included the Basle colophon. Brant spared no-one in his satire, and the book immediately became immensely popular, in fact an unprecedented bestseller, with numerous authorised and unauthorised editions. 'The Influence of "The Ship of Fools...more

Bibliography: (ISTC ib01089000; Goff B1089; BMC I 112; PMM 37 for the first edition)

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Price: £17,500

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1497

Stock Number: 53170

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