Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools)


Embark on a timeless journey with Sebastian Brant’s “Ship of Fools.”
Dive deep into this literary and artistic masterpiece, a must-have for aficionados of historical literature. Discover humanity’s follies through the lens of one of history’s greatest satirists.

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Miskatonic University Press Presents: A Facsimile of Sebastian Brant’s “Ship of Fools”

Embark on a journey with the “Ship of Fools,” the enduring German-language masterpiece by Sebastian Brant from 1494, now meticulously reproduced as a high-quality facsimile edition. Sebastian Brant, an eminent humanist, jurist, and poet of the late Middle Ages, delivered one of the most celebrated and widely-read German publications of his time. His sharp observations, combined with evocative woodcuts, offer a riveting glimpse into the society and culture of the late medieval period.

“The Ship of Fools” navigates through the myriad of human weaknesses and follies, which, despite the centuries, remain strikingly pertinent today. Brant sketches a vivid panorama of human flaws that continues to resonate in our modern world. A must-have for literary enthusiasts and collectors alike, this work allows readers to rediscover humanity’s foibles through the lens of one of history’s most astute satirists. Set course with this German classic and let its timeless allure captivate your imagination!

The 1494 first edition of Brant’s “Ship of Fools” is not only a literary treasure but is also renowned for its exceptional woodcuts. These pioneering illustrations significantly boosted the book’s acclaim. Crafted by various artists, including the budding genius, Albrecht Dürer, these woodcuts transcend mere decoration. They act as visual annotations to the text, enhancing the satirical and moral undertones of the book. Each woodcut, brimming with symbolism and intricate details, portrays one of the many ‘fools’ Brant characterizes, inviting readers to engage more deeply with the book’s themes.

Originally printed in Basel, a nexus for printing and erudition during that era, the quality of the print and the sophistication of the woodcuts bear witness to the unparalleled craftsmanship of late 15th-century print arts. This facsimile edition endeavors to mirror the grandeur and exactitude of the original, providing contemporary readers with an authentic experience of this German literary and artistic gem.

Dive into the rich tapestry of German literary history with this exquisite reprint. Secure your copy today!

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6" x 9" (152.4mm x 228.6mm)




1.287 lb (583.77 g)






70 g/m2

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