WOODCUT: Ship of Fools: Of Stargazing: Stultifera Navis: The Ship of fooles: wherein is shewed the folly of all states…translated out of Latin into Englishe

By: Brant, Sebastian; Barclay, Alexander, translator

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Translated from the Latin original of Sebastian Brant. Woodcuts were originally thought to be by Brant but some are are now recognized as being by the great artist Albrecht Durer of Nuremberg in one of his earliest commissions. The woodcuts are from the same blocks used in the 1509 edition of Barclay’s translation, cut after the French edition of 1497, which in turn was from the original German edition of 1494.The “ship of fools”…” describes a ship laden with fools setting sail for the "fool’s paradise" of Narragonia. The author identifies the many varying examples of folly separately, including the corrupt judge, the drunkard, and the untrained physician.... Many credit a great part of the book’s success to its illustrations. The woodcuts are claimed to be the first examples of intentionally comic illustration in the printed book. The fools themselves are depicted with ass-eared head-dresses, laden with bells, and occasionally carrying a "fool-stick" which has a replica fool’s head on its end. They are often depicted talking to animals. While it was first thought that Brant himself was the fundamental contributor to the design of the cuts, the bulk of the work is now most commonly attributed to Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg. Dürer is considered a very fine and influential woodcut designer, only faulted for his tendency to exaggerate and over-emphasise. He seldom, if ever, did the actual cutting of his own blocks. This was assigned to a highly skilled Formschneider. According to David Bland, Dürer "stands at the turning point between the medieval art in which he was nurtured and that of the Renaissance into which he grew."”This woodcut is “Of Star-Gazing”. It measures 3” (7.6 cm) x 4.25” (10.8 cm) and is archivally mounted in a black mat measuring 8.25” x 9.5” (21 cm x 24 cm). The woodcut has been closely trimmed so that the opening of the mat shows nearly the entirety of what is there. There is also the original printing from Ship of Fools on the reverse. In good condition, clean and nice. ; Woodcut

Title: WOODCUT: Ship of Fools: Of Stargazing: Stultifera Navis: The Ship of fooles: wherein is shewed the folly of all states…translated out of Latin into Englishe

Author Name: Brant, Sebastian; Barclay, Alexander, translator

Illustrator: Illustrated by Durer

Categories: Prints,Maps,Engravings,

Publisher: London, John Cawood: 1570

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 9635

Keywords: Sebastian Brant Ship Of fools Durer Woodcuts,