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The Ship of Fools Facsimile Edition

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This work is a complement of the famous Stultifera navis by Sebastian Brant.

In spite of the title, both works should not be confused. The author, a humanist who was born in 1461, was a lecturer of Latin literature in Lyon, and later a publisher and a printer in Paris, until 1535, the year of his death.

This edition has been dated, due to the year which appears in the printing mark, in 1499, but the printing date should be put back at least after February 1500, since the illustrations which it includes are a copy of those engravings used in the Paris edition, from the 18th February 1500.

Of the eight Parisian illustrations, six are perfectly copied.

The Spanish engraver fulfilled his task well, although not all the details offered by the originals copied, have been respected.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "The Ship of Fools": Stultiferae Naves facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 1998

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Stultiferae Naves

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1998

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Briesemeister, Dietrich
  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, The Ship of Fools: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine.


Parchment on wooden board.

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