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Auction 133, Lot 437

"Folium LLLCCIIII [Francia]", Schonsperger, Johann

Subject: France

Period: 1497 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

5.5 x 3.5 inches
14 x 8.9 cm
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This is an imaginary woodcut view of towns and cities representing the Kingdom of France on full sheet (8.4 x 12") with Latin text. It is from a rare reduced edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, that is often called the Mini-Schedel.

Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle, published in 1493, presented the history of the world in a pictorial encyclopedia. Among the illustrations were views of towns and cities throughout Europe and the Near East, and an enormous number of other subjects, including diagrams of the Creation, comets, family trees, portraits & biblical scenes. The folio Chronicle was very expensive and thus Johann Schonsperger, who specialized in reprints, saw the opportunity to publish a smaller and less costly version. He published German versions in 1496 & 1500 and a Latin version in 1497. These are often referred to as pirated editions because they were published without the consent of Schedel or the original printer, Anton Koberger.


Condition: B+

There is some faint foxing and damp stains.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/1/2010