Nauicula siue speculu[m] fatuoru[m] ...

Geiler von Kaysersberg (Johannes)

Nauicula siue speculu[m] fatuoru[m] ...

a J. Othero collecta. Compendios vitae eiusdem descriptio, per Beatum Rhenanum Selestatinum. Ad Narragoniam.

Description: FIRST EDITION, with a large woodcut (the Ship of Fools) on the title-page, and 1 other in the text, title-page with paper repairs to top and outer margins and with an old inscription cleaned away (not entirely successfully), some browning and light foxing, and, towards the end, water-staining, tiny bit of worming in the fore-margin at the end, [284 leaves], 4to, contemporary blind tooled panelled calf over beech boards, the outer border a roll tool of hounds chasing a unicorn, title in blind at the top of the upper cover, rebacked in blind tooled calf in imitation of the original, various other repairs to what must have been a rather dilapidated binding, lacking clasps and catches, 20th-century bookplate inside front cover of Robert Chilton Pearson, and opposite, on the fly-leaf, that of Patrick & Julie Pearson, sound

Publication Details: [colophon:] Strasbourg: [Matthias Schürer], February, 1510

Notes: Geiler (1445-1510: hence this is a posthumous publication, with a Life), was 'the great pulpit orator of the early sixteenth century ... [he went to study theology in Basle in 1471, where] he became acquainted with Sebastian Brant, with whom he formed a lasting friendship' (Catholic Encyclopedia). He was persuaded to settle in Strasbourg, where he carried on his preaching, notably on Brant's Ship of Fools, the said sermons - with their important linguistic and cultural freight - collected here. Subsequent editions were more lavishly illustrated, but this is the first, and rather scarce: there ...more

Bibliography: (VD16 G 777; Adams G315 (the collation does not allow for the Life at the end))

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Price: £7,500

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1510

Stock Number: 53498

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