Auction 103, Lot 382

"Nuremberga", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Germany

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

21 x 13.5 inches
53.3 x 34.3 cm

Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum) was published in two editions, Latin and German, both in 1493, appearing in print just before Christopher Columbus' discoveries completely re-shaped the European view of the World. This splendid work presented the history of the world in a pictorial encyclopedia with approximately 285 pages of text and 1,800 woodcut illustrations. Among these illustrations are views of towns and cities throughout Europe and the Near East. The majority of these views are entirely imaginary. In fact, 49 of the views are actually printed from the same group of 14 woodblocks. There are also 30 double-page views of cities with more realistic images. In addition to the topographical images, there are an enormous number of other subjects, including diagrams of the Creation, comets, family trees, portraits & biblical scenes. The text was compiled and edited by Hartmann Schedel, printed by Anton Koberger, with illustrations designed by Michael Wohlgemuth and Willem Pleydenwurff, who cut the woodblocks, probably with the assistance of their apprentice, Albrecht Durer.

One of the most important city views to appear in this incredible work, Nuremberg is the only full size, double-page image of a city in the Chronicle. The impressive panorama shows the walled medieval city with people going about their daily chores in the foreground. Printed from two separate woodblocks.


Condition: B

Tissue repair at center with binding holes filled and some facsimile. Few light stains.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 6/11/2003