Auction 127, Lot 590

"CLIII - Salczburga", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Salzburg, Austria

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Black & White

21 x 9.5 inches
53.3 x 24.1 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 fine wood-cut double page view of Salzburg with its two crenellated castles overlooking the town. Wonderful craftsmanship clearly details the town's fortifications, churches, buildings, bridge over the Salzach River. In the river is a large oar-driven boat with six people. Latin text and portraits of various popes on the verso.


Condition: B+

Very nice example on clean paper with original margins. Expert repairs to centerfold stitching and to lower right corner with paper replaced and image drawn in facsimile. The facsimile is as fine as we've seen and is virtually indistinguishable from the original engraved line.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600


Closed on 2/25/2009