Auction 105, Lot 593

"[Lot of 4]", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Black & White

12.5 x 17.5 inches
31.8 x 44.5 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.

Group of four leaves from a Latin edition. Illustrated with portraits (including a Siamese twin), an ecclesiastic council, and churches. Two leaves with illustrations in full color. Paper size varies slightly.


Condition: B

Some damp stains and minor flaws in margins. One leaf with paper replaced into the text at top.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/3/2003