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Auction 125, Lot 901

"XLVI [and] XLVII", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremburg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

22 x 16 inches
55.9 x 40.6 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.

This is a great double leaf with Latin text. Spanning the two leaves is the description of the Fourth Age of the World with illustrations of the Lineage of David. David is shown with his harp and King Solomon with his orb and scepter. David's six sons are shown at left and further generations are on the right. The Queen of Sheba appears to be offering King Solomon a chalice. On verso is an imaginary view of Anglie Provincia and a view of Solomon's famous judgment. Each leaf would measure 11 x 16" if separated.


Condition: A

There is some mild uneven toning, else fine.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/24/2008