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Stultifera navis; qua omnium mortalium narratur stultitia. The modern ship of fools. Aere perennius.

IRELAND, William Henry.]

Editorial: London: printed for William Miller, 1807, 1807
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12mo, xxiv, 295, (9, blank and advt) pp., folding hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, wood-engraved title vignette, half-title, frontispiece and title-page moderately soiled, endpapers and outer leaves browned, uncut copy in later boards, morocco and gilt label. First edition. The months immediately following Ireland's exposure as a forger of Shakespeare signatures and documents were occupied by wandering penniless through Wales and Gloucester, and running a circulating library in Kensington, where he made ends meet by selling imitations of his forgeries. In 1802 his fortunes improved when he was employed by Princess Elizabeth. He began writing books again, and between 1801 and 1814 published about a dozen poetical works and a couple of novels before turning his hand to historical and biographical works. In Stultifera navis Ireland borrowed only the title of Alexander Barclay's 1508 book of the same name. His verses attack foolish books, fashions, old lechers, collectors of old books and prints, and antiquarians; as elsewhere in his writings, Ireland once again sought to link himself with Chatterton, and to secure for himself lasting fame: "Among the imposters of this nature should not be omitted the Rowleian Chatterton, and the Shaksperian Ireland, whose memories will live as long as old chests and old manuscripts stand on record." CBEL3 IV, 373; Jackson, Annals, p. 314; Grebanier, The great Shakespeare forgery, p. 295. N° de ref. de la librería 15676

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Título: Stultifera navis; qua omnium mortalium ...

Editorial: London: printed for William Miller, 1807

Año de publicación: 1807

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Edición: 1st Edition

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Owners: James and Anne Burmester. Established 1986, but working full-time in the antiquarian book trade since 1968. Occasional catalogues issued of rare and unusual English books printed before 1840.

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