Auction 117, Lot 744

"LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Holy Land - Jerusalem

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

21.2 x 10 inches
53.8 x 25.4 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.

This great double-page illustration is one of the earliest printed depictions of Jerusalem. It is a synopsis of six separate holocausts described in the text. At center the Temple of Solomon is engulfed in flames and at left the figures of Jesus and Satan are shown on top of Mount of Satan.

References: Laor #1125.

Condition: B

A couple of old repairs and a few spots. Old, but not original, color that was a bit hastily applied.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/6/2006