Item 0083-03 - Ship of Fools leaf

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Ship of Fools leaf

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CA MRUASC C0001-0083-03

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  • 1498 (Creation)

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1 leaf : ill. ; 21 x 15 cm

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Item is an illustrated leaf (folio 114) from a Latin edition of The Ship of Fools, a satirical allegory in verse by Sebastian Brant, printed by Jacobus Sacon in Lyon. The leaf features a section of the chapter "Of Blowing Into Ears" and a woodcut of a fool blowing into the ear of another. A partial translation of the leaf reads:

A fool who puts into his head
And credits things that men have said,
He is a dunce that merits jeers,
With sensitive and spacious ears.
All honesty those persons lack
Who would assail behind one's back
And strike without e'er warning hum,
With chances of fending very slim.

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Created March 9, 2021 by SD.

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