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