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Brant, Sebastian, 1458-1521.

Stultifera nauis.

Additional Title(s):

Stultifera navis

Shyp of folys of the worlde

This present boke named The shyp of folys of the worlde

Narrenschiff. Latin & English

[London : Printed by Richard Pynson, 1509 (14 Dec.)]
Physical Description:
[4], CCLXXIIII [i.e. CCLXXIX] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PT1509 N4 1509+ Copy 1 Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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PT1509 N4 1509+ Copy 2 Oversize
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Copyright Status:
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In verse. Text in Latin and English.
Caption title, a1r. The first leaf recto bears a woodcut coat of arms; at foot of verso: This present boke named the Shyp of folys of the worlde was translated i[n] the College of saynt mary Otery in the counte of Deuonshyre: out of Laten, Frenche, and Doche into Englysshe tonge by Alexander Barclay preste: and at that tyme chaplen in the sayde College. tra[n]slated the yere of our Lorde god. M.CCCCC.viii. Inprentyd in the cyte of London in Fletestre [sic] at the signe of Saynt George by Rycharde Pynson to hys coste and charge: ended the yere of our Sauiour M.d.ix. the. xiiii. day of December.
By Sebastian Brant, whose name appears on a1r.
Originally published under title: Das Narrenschiff, Basel, 1494. Latin translation first pub. Basel, 1497, by Jacob Locher.
English text in Gothic, or black letter, type, and Latin text in roman--the first roman font to be used in England.
Illustrations are copies from the woodcuts in the original Basel edition, many of which were by Albrecht Dürer.
Signatures: [Maltese cross]⁴ a⁸ b-z⁶ & ⁶ A-Y⁶.
Numerous errors in foliation.
Selected exhibitions: "Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art" (Yale Center for British Art, 18 April-29 July, 2007); "Fifty-five Books Printed before 1525: Representing the Works of England's First Printers, an Exhibition from the Collection of Paul Mellon" (Grolier Club, 17 January-3 March 1968).
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 3545
English short title catalogue, S106627
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525, 46, 47
Hodnett, E. English woodcuts 1480-1535, 1824-1932
Paul Mellon's legacy, p. 309
BAC: British Art Center has 2 copies. Both copies are the ones described in the Grolier Club catalogue. Copy 1 has the first leaf with Pynson's coat of arms and the final leaf bearing his device in collotype facsimile. Signature q is in a setting uniform with rest of book. This copy has the bookplates of William Proby, Earl of Carysfort, and William Marchbank. Bound by C. Lewis.
BAC: British Art Center copy 2 is a variant copy. Signature q has seven leaves, the first four signed q, qii, qiii, qiiii. Excised leaf (a blank) is q5. Leaves q1 and q8 (congugate) are in a setting that differs from rest of book: commas are used instead of slashes; roman type employs 'u' for 'v' in the lower case; 'et' for '&'. Line 1 of leaf q1v begins 'Wheder that' instead of 'Wherther [sic] that' as in copy 1, the original. This copy belonged to William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire. Bound by C. Hering, with his ticket. See Grolier Club catalogue for other details.
Subject Terms:
Carysfort, William Proby, Earl of, 1836-1909 -- Bookplate. (BACRB copy 1)
Devonshire, William Cavendish, Duke of, 1808-1891 -- Bookplate. (BACRB copy 2)
Folly -- Early works to 1800.
Hering, C. -- Bookbinder. (BACRB copy 2)
Lewis, C. -- Bookbinder. (BACRB copy 1)
Marchbank, William -- Bookplate. (BACRB copy 1)
Pynson, Richard -- Printer.
Woodcut -- Specimens -- 1509.
Barclay, Alexander, 1475?-1552, tr.
Loucher, Jacob, 1471-1528, tr.
Pynson, Richard, d. 1530, printer.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528.

Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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