Stultifera Navis, Narragonice profectionis nu[m]q[uam] sat[is] laudata Nauis . Atq[ue] iampridem ... Stultifera Navis, Narragonice profectionis nu[m]q[uam] sat[is] laudata Nauis . Atq[ue] iampridem ...

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.

Brant (Sebastian)

Published by Johann Reinhard Grüninger 1st June, 1497
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with 116 woodcuts in the text, G1 with what appears to be a paperflaw, 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), early 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 185, good. This 'curious and amusing droll old book' (as per an old bookseller's description tipped onto the inside fron 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" was extensive and prolonged . [It] was the first original work by a German which passed into world literature . Brant's book played an important part in European literature, and helped to blaze the trail that leads from medieval allegory to modern satire, drama and the novel of character' (PMM). (ISTC ib01089000; Goff B1089; BMC I 112; PMM 37 for the first edition). Bookseller Inventory # 53170

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Title: Stultifera Navis, Narragonice profectionis ...

Publisher: Johann Reinhard Grüninger 1st June

Publication Date: 1497

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