In Praise of Folly (Portfolio of 10 xylographs) by Fritz Eichenberg

In Praise of Folly (Portfolio of 10 xylographs) by Fritz Eichenberg

In Praise of Folly (Portfolio of 10 xylographs)

Fritz Eichenberg

Title

In Praise of Folly (Portfolio of 10 xylographs)

 
Artist
Year
1972  
Technique
xylographs (woodengravings) 
Image Size
18 x 12" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right on each 
Edition Size
III/X; number 3 of 10 preferred edition; regular edition of 150 portfolios; 100 impressions, printed 
Annotations
English translation of Latin text on cover sheet. 
Reference
 
Paper
Japanese mulberry, made for this edition in Japan. 
State
preferred edition, published 
Publisher
Aquarius Press 
Inventory ID
HUSH101 
Price
$4,000.00 
Description

This "preferred edition" is boxed in a red cloth clamshell portfolio and each print is pencil signed by the artist. This portfolio is numbered in ink on the colophon "III/X" (number 3 of 10, preferred edition), outside the regular edition of 150 portfolios plus 100 impressions, printed separately and 10 collaborators portfolios, numbered A to J. This portfolio includes the cancelled block from the image of "Follies of Worshipping Idols".

The texts are set in Monotype Janson and printed at The Press of A. Colish in Mount Vernon, New York, on Strathmore Impress paper. Typography and design are by Bert Clarke. The portfolio was made by Moroquain, Inc. New York.

Fritz Eichenberg used wood engraving tools on the plank grain (rather than end grain) of the block to create "Ten original prints from woodblocks by Fritz Eichenberg with excerpts of the Latin texts, selected and freely translated into English by the author"

The "Follies" Include: I) Dame Folly Speaks. II) The Follies of Old Age. III) The Follies of Worshipping Idols (The block for this is included in the portfolio). IV) The Human Comedy. V) The Follies of Teaching. VI) The Follies of the Monks. VII) The Follies of Princely Power. VIII) The Follies of the Court. IX) The Follies of the Popes and X) The Follies of War.

"In Praise of Folly" is an essay written in Latin in 1509 by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in 1511. The essay was inspired by De Triumpho Stultitiae, written by the Italian humanist Faustino Perisauli, born at Tredozio, near Forlì. Erasmus revised and extended the work, which he originally wrote in the space of a week while sojourning with Sir Thomas More at More's estate in Bucklersbury.

"In Praise of Folly" is considered one of the most notable works of the Renaissance and played an important role in the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.