BRANT AND OTHERS
The great humanist scholar Sebastian Brant published Das Narren
Schiff (The Ship of Fools) in Nuremburg in 1494. Under the influence
of this book, many others in Germany found the image of the Fool in text
and image a useful vehicle for social satire. Erasmus' In Praise of Folly
was published in Paris in 1511 and in Basel in 1515. 01 French
edition 1500, Paris. With introduction by Badius adressed to Women - Eve
the first Fool. Alexander Barclay's translation of Stultifera Navis ,
(Ship of Fools), the second English edition, John Cawood, London 1570.02
from Sebastian Brandt, Hie vahet sich an das.... , Schonsperger,
in Augsberg 1498. The Ship of Fools.
Pynson's edition of Brant's Ship of Folys , 1509.04 images
of the Fool from editions of Brandt(left) Lyons 1498) and (right) Basle
Brewer, A Knot of Fooles, Grove London 1624.
06 The Foolscap Map copper engraving c1620 In
the Map Collector June 1971 p47 Rodney Green in correspondence quotes
from Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, a direct reference to a map made
like a fool's head "all the world is mad..." 07 from Brant,
Basel 1498. With spoof astrological chart and reflections of the Petrarchian
Triumphs in the processional format.
08 11 14 other editions of The Ship of Fools
April Fool" . Vernon Hill's image of the April Fool from The
Arcadian Calendar for 1910 ,
Crane's A Masque of Days, 1901.
Breughel, The Festival of the Fools , 37
x 50 cms.
Breughel, Two Fools at the Carnival , 12 x 15 cms.