Auction 355 Old & Rare Books - (Post)incunabula

GEILER von KAISERSBERG, J. Navicula sive speculu(m) fatuo(rum). (Straßburg, [J. Prüss], 16 Jan. 1511). 280 unnumb. lvs. W. large woodcut with the Ship of Fools on ti. & 112 almost page-sized woodcuts after Albrecht Dürer (a.o.), mostly flanked by woodcut foliate border pieces. 4°. Cont. half blindtooled pigskin over wooden brds. w. brass clasps. (Small piece of wood of back cover and calf of 1 clasp renewed, the other clasp loosely added, libr. tickets on spine, tiny wormholes in binding and throughout the book (espec. at beginning and end), 2 small stamps, old owner's entry on ti., some marg. annot. & underl. in an old hand, piece of lower blank margin of S2 renewed, margins a bit stained/soiled in a few places, but a good and complete copy).

Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg (1445-1510) was called "the German Savonarola", one of the greatest of the popular preachers of the 15th c. His sermons delivered at Strassburg were structured on the immensely popular 'Navis Stultifera'/'Narrenschiff', written by his friend and fellow humanist Sebastian Brant and first published in 1494. The book contains 110 sermons which are based on 110 types of fools. The woodcuts used for the 'Navicula' were originally commissioned for the 'Ship of fools', which includes 73 woodcuts now recognised as the work of the young Albrecht Dürer (cf. Winkler, Dürer und die Illustrationen zum Narrenschiff, 1951). - Second Latin edition. Adams G-316; VD-16 G-778; Proctor 9995; Goedeke I, 400; Schoch, et al., Dürer, das druckgraphische Werk, III, 266.

€ 7500

result € 6000

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