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    Printed Leaf from the First Edition of Alexander Barclay's English translation of Sebastian Brant's Ship of Fools, printed by Richard Pynson in 1509, Featuring a Woodcut by Albrecht Dürer.

    This leaf is headed with the chapter number "LVI" and contains both Latin and old English text on the recto and text and an Albrecht Dürer woodcut on the verso.

    The leaf has been rather inelegantly affixed to heavy stock paper for display purposes, with several pieces of badly discolored cellophane tape applied to the verso of the leaf and to the paper to which it is affixed. This same tape has also been used on the recto of the leaf to repairs along the edges. Missing paper at tips of corners has been replaced. Toning along edges. Good condition.

    Ship of Fools
    was Alexander Barclay's English adaptation of Narrenschiff, Sebastian Brant's German poem which satirized all manner of late-fifteenth century folly. It was one of the most successful published works of its age, and as its popularity grew it was translated into several European languages. The title of Alexander Barclay's loose English translation was Ship of Fools, printed by Richard Pynson, considered one of the finest printers of his time. It was immensely popular - in fact it was one of the very first international bestsellers - and its resounding success paved the way for a new satirical literature.


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