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Auction 118, Lot 728

"XLIIII - Venecie", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Italy, Venice

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 7.5 inches
52.8 x 19.1 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 is a striking example of one of the first printed views of Venice. The beautifully rendered, double-page view captures the appealing beauty of the Venetian Lagoon. The view was based on the Breydenbach view (1486), which was based on first-hand observation, and is among the few truly realistic views included in the Chronicle. On the verso of this work are a view of Padua and portraits of Homer, Aeneas, Anchises and other classical figures.


Condition: A

Strong impression and lovely period-correct color. Light damp stains in blank margins. Professional repairs on centerfold.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,750

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 3/6/2007