Auction 134, Lot 508

"FoliumLLLXVIII [Bohemia]", Schonsperger, Johann

Subject: Czech Republic

Period: 1497 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

5.6 x 3.4 inches
14.2 x 8.6 cm

This bold woodcut is one of the fanciful views used to illustrate the Chronicle. It shows a lush countryside with walled villages and castles. On a full sheet (8.5 x 12.3") of Latin text. 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: A

Minor toning and a tiny edge tear in blank margins.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/1/2010