The Ship Of Fools Sebastian Brant Folio Society 1971


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The Ship Of Fools by Sebastian Brant

Translated by William Gillis. Ship of Fools is a book of satire originally published in 1494 in Basel, Switzerland, by Sebastian Brant, a conservative German theologian. In a prologue, 112 brief satires, and an epilogue, all illustrated with woodcuts, the book is notable for including the first commissioned work by the great Renaissance artist-engraver Albrecht Dürer. Much of the work was critical of the current state of the Church. Brant here lashes with unsparing vigour the weaknesses and vices of his time. The Ship of Fools was inspired by a frequent motif in medieval art and Literature, and particularly in religious satire, due to a pun on the Latin word “navis”, which means a boat and also the nave of a church.


  • Folio Society 301 First Edition
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 1971
  • Decorated Cloth Hardback, 344 pp
  • Superbly Illustrated with the Original Woodcuts
  • Size 250 x 150mm, 1kg

Condition: Good – Wear To Slipcase, Staining to Cover, Good Copy

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