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        Here begynneth the foles and first inprofytable bokes, illustration from Alexander Barclay's English translation of 'The Ship of Fools', from an edition published in 1874

        German School, (15th century) (after). Medium: engraving. Date: 1874. Alexander Barclay (c.1476-1552) Scottish born English poet, translated Sebastian Brandt's (1457-1521) Das Narrenschiff, as 'The Ship of Fools' in 1509. Image is a facsimile of the original German woodcuts of 1497, it shows a book collector who takes great joy in accumulating books but gains no wisdom from them. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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