Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]

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Title: Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]
Author: Sebastian Brant; Jacob Locher; Thomas Beccadelli; Jacques Sacon
Publisher: Lyon, Jacques Sacon
Condition: Good

The first Lyon edition of Brant’s famous satirical and allegorical poem Stultifera Navis, otherwise known as the Ship of Fools. Through more than 100 chapters and 2000 verses, this work paints a bleak picture of governance and humanity. Throughout the poem, Brant reviews a selection of entitled fools and madmen of the world, crammed into a ship on its way to the fools' paradise of Narragonia. It is in this work that Brant also introduces Saint Grobian, whom he imagines to be the patron saint of vulgar and coarse people.

First published in German in 1494 by the Basel printer Bergman de Olpe, Bergman later published a Latin edition in 1497 translated by the humanist Jakob Locher, pupil and friend to the author. It was later translated into French by Pierre Riviere in 1497, with another subsequent French edition by Jean Drouyn in 1498, as well as a third French edition by the De Marnef Brothers on March 8th, 1498.

This Lyon edition was the first book printed by Jean Sacon and is copied nearly page for page from the Marnef edition, reusing the same woodblocks, most of which had first appeared in the first edition of Pierre Riviere's French verse translation.

Most of the woodcuts of the first edition are attributed to the Meister der Bergmannschen Offizin, whom many have speculated to be a young Albrecht Durer who spent time in Basel during this period. The additional woodcuts are to be the work of the so-called Haintz-Nar-Meister, the gnad-her-Meister and two other anonymous artists. The present edition accurately copies the designs of this original Basel edition. This copy only contains 110 of the 119 woodcuts, with several leaves lacking.

This book bears several provenance markers, with a handwritten 16th century inscription in Latin on the last leaf, with the name of Johan Broissard, and on the leaf numbered 5, the name of Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Beaulieu. There is also an ex libris bookplate of Jean Stefgen on the rear pastedown.

One finely bound volume in octavo, 143 leaves

On note of condition, this volume bears minor rubbing and wear to the binding, and stress at the joints. There are restorations to the first five leaves, though not affecting the text. The numbered leaves 33 to 40 are lacking, as are the last three table leaves, including the woodcut of the Fool falling from the tower, and the final blank. The E8 leaf is slightly damaged with the last line of the text on the back. Leaves P1 and P2 were formerly torn are restored, with those missing parts of the text copied by an early hand, and the two woodcuts of those leaves taken from another edition. Leaf 127 has a tear to the top of the leaf, and leaf 128 also has a slight tear to the margin. There is some staining throughout and trimming to the page edges. In good shape otherwise.