12 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 10,000
GEILER VON KAISERSBERG (1445-1510). Navicula, sive Speculum fatuorum. Edited by Jacob Otther. Strassburg: Johann Prüss, 16 January 1511.
4° (202 x 148mm). Gothic and roman types. Woodcut of the Ship of Fools on title and 112 large woodcuts in the text BY ALBRECHT DüRER and other woodcut artists, most flanked by woodcut foliate border pieces, one cut touched with red. (3/8 partly remargined, occasional small stains, Aa4 with small hole with loss of a few letters, faint dampstain at upper corners.) Contemporary German pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, concentric frames of saints' and heads-in-medallions roll-tools, 2 fore-edge clasps, remains of paper spine labels (small hole on back cover, small stain). Provenance: 'Pro Bibliotheca Benedictina Pensa(?) Anno 78 (title inscription).
Second edition. Geiler structured his sermons, delivered at Strassburg in 1501-02, on the immensely popular Ship of Fools, written by his fellow humanist and friend Sebastian Brant and first published in 1494. The present edition is illustrated with the fine and important woodcut series commissioned for the first edition of Brant's biting satire (Das Narrenschiff, Basel, 1494), which includes 73 woodcuts now recognised as the work of the young Albrecht Dürer, resident in Basel for several months in 1494. It was either re-used or copied in all subsequent editions of that work. Adams G-316; Goedeke I, 400; VD-16 G-778; Schoch, et al., Dürer, das druckgraphische Werk, III, 266.
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