Stultifera Navis; The Modern Ship of Fools.

IRELAND William Henry (1807.)

£650.00  [First Edition]

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Hand-coloured folding frontispiece illustration, by John Augustus Atkinson, 'Fools Passing the Portico of Folly', and woodcut on title page. First edition. 8vo., half title, 302 pp. including an 8pp catalogue, original blue boards, printed paper label, re-backed using the original spine, fore and lower edges untrimmed, previous owner's bookplates, 'J. O. Edwards' and 'BSG'. William Miller, London.

Ireland, perpetually impoverished, and a notorious forger, borrows the Latin title of Sebastian Brant's famous satire "Ship of Fools" first published in Germany in 1494, and borrows the style, that is satirising the vices and follies of the time, each of the many chapters poking fun at various professions and pastimes, including 'Of Foolish Collectors of Books', 'Of Foolish Poets', and 'Of Foolish Marriages'. Atkinson, the author of the frontispiece, was an accomplished watercolour artist as well as an illustrator and engraver. He studied his craft under the tutelage of his uncle James Walker at the court of Catherine the Great.

Top edges rubbed, rear endpaper annotated with pharmaceutical recipes, an excellent copy.

Stock Code: 215851

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