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[IRELAND, William Henry]. Stultifera Navis; Qua Omnium Mortalium Narratur Stultitia. The Modern Ship of Fools. Aere Perennius.

London. Printed for William Miller, 1807. First edition.
8vo. xxiv, 295pp, [9]. With half-title, a folding hand-coloured engraved frontispiece by John Augustus Atkinson in imitation of Rowlandson, and four terminal advertisement leaves. Contemporary speckled calf, black morocco lettering-piece, spine richly gilt. Rubbed to extremities, slight splitting to joints. Recent bookplate of Percival F. Hinton to FEP, an internally immaculate copy.
The anonymous anecdotes and satirical verse of William Henry Ireland (1775-1835), known primarily as a notorious forger of Shakespearean documents. Having been exposed by the Irish Shakespearean scholar Edmund Malone (1741-1812), and suffered years of penury, Ireland published his own confessions before turning to composing verse. This volume, which pays homage to German humanist Sebastian Brant's Ship of Fools (Basel, 1494) savagely attacks those persons and objects the author disdains most, including, Foolish Priests and Babbling Parsons in the Choir, Fools that Wear Disguised Garments, Foolish Alchemists, and Foolish Unprofitable Books.
Jackson p.314.
£ 150.00 Antiquates Ref: 12156