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GEILER VON KAISERSBERG, Johann (1445-1510). Navicula sive speculum fatuorum . [Strasbourg: Johann Prüss, after 16 January 1511.

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $
Zuschlagspreis:  10.000 $
Los-Nr. 219, Aufrufe: 31

GEILER VON KAISERSBERG, Johann (1445-1510). Navicula sive speculum fatuorum . [Strasbourg: Johann Prüss, after 16 January 1511.] The first illustrated edition, containing at least 73 woodcuts attributed to Albrecht Dürer , of this series of sermons by the learned Alsatian preacher Johann Geiler, written as a commentary on Brant's Ship of Fools (1494), delivered at Strasbourg in 1501 and 1502 and first printed at Strasbourg in 1510. The illustrations are printed from the blocks of the first edition of the Narrenschiff (Basel: 1494). Geiler became acquainted with Brant in the early 1470s during his years in Basel, where he studied theology under Johannes Heynlin von Stein (Johannes de Lapide). Geiler's sermons in the Strasbourg Münster were marked by uncommon exempla, bold and often down-to-earth turns of phrase, and great erudition. Adams G-316; BM/STC German , p. 335; Muther 1424; VD-16 G-778. Quarto (210 x 160mm). Gothic type, printed shoulder notes. Title-page woodcut of the ship of fools, 112 half-page woodcuts in the text. The woodcuts on G1r, b1r [actually h6v?], and i5r highlighted in red ink. Rubrication (capital strokes) supplied on M3v-M4r. Small illumination of John the Baptist beneath leafy bower pasted in lower blank margin of title. (Some light browning and minor soiling, occasional small dampstain in upper margins, small marginal repairs to ff. U2, U7 and U8, quire Cc detached from lower sewing support.) Contemporary South German blind-tooled half pigskin over wooden boards, tooled with a dragon roll and two different floral rolls, two fore-edge catchplates (remains of clasps, two small old patch-repairs to spine); preserving a few deckle edges. Provenance : Laurentius Wetmann (1538, inscription on front pastedown), an erasure over an earlier inscription – Johannes (1573, inscription on pastedown) – 16th-century note on final blank verso (“Occidit infelix Franciscis Fragma ligni”) – marginalia in several contemporary hands – Bildhausen (near Bad Kissingen), Cistercians (inscription on title (Monasterij Bildhausen) – 19th-century inkstamp, "G...zenstein" – Fernand Heitz (1891-1963), of Colmar (bookplate; sold, Sotheby's, New York, 25 November 1986, lot 212) – The Helmut N. Friedlaender Collection.

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana
Auktionsdatum: 05.12.2017
Adresse: Christie's
New York