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        Of to moche spekynge or bablynge, 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 woodcut of 1497 and shows a fool with a swollen tongue approaching a tree with a bird's nest in it's branches- 'Where as a hasty speker falleth in great domage, peryll and losse, in lyke wyse as the pye betrrays hir byrdes by hir chatrynge and crye'. Foolishness of pointless chatter. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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