"LXXXII", Schedel, Hartmann
Period: 1493 (published)
Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle
Color: Black & White
9 x 14 inches
22.9 x 35.6 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.
A handsome woodblock sheet showing the lines of the kings of Egypt, with the conqueror Hannibal shown separately at the bottom. The verso contains a view of the remnant of the Colossus of Rhodes, which stood for only 56 years before being felled by an earthquake. The remains were so impressive that many people traveled there just to see them. There are also numerous portraits of classical philosophers, including Eratothenes and Possidonius.
Quite good with some minor foxing and a manuscript note on the recto.