Auction 110, Lot 33

"Der Welt", Schonsperger, Johann

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1496 (published)

Publication: Liber Cronicarum…Das Buch Der Croniken

Color: Black & White

5.7 x 4 inches
14.5 x 10.2 cm

This rare woodcut depicting the ancient world is from the first edition of the reduced version of Hartman Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle, sometimes called the mini-Schedel. The Ptolemaic map, featuring huge rivers and convoluted mountain ranges, is enclosed in a border containing twelve wind heads. At three corners are Noah's three sons, Ham, Shem and Japhet. This miniature version does not include the outlandish creatures of the folio version. On a full sheet of German text. Much rarer than the folio version (we can only find one catalog record in the past 20 years), this is a fine example of this charming incunabula map.

References: Shirley #20; Imago Mundi XI, p. 46.

Condition: A

Excellent impression with minor soil and old repairs in blank margins, well away from map.

Estimate: $7,000 - $8,000

Sold for: $5,000

Closed on 3/2/2005