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Auction 114, Lot 703

"XXVII - Lacedemonia", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula - Greece

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

11.7 x 17 inches
29.7 x 43.2 cm
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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.

This fine sheet contains the history of Greece with a (full-color, 9 x 6") fanciful view of the ancient city of Lacedemonia, the city-state whose capital was Sparta. Below the view are portraits of three Greek gods including Mercury and three Amazones or armed women warriors. On recto there are two columns of portraits representing other the line of Greek gods from Minerva to Jupiter and the line of five Assyrian kings from Armanitres to Saffrus.


Condition: A

Damp and mildew stains in margins with some old paper reinforcement.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/1/2006