Auction 134, Lot 516

"Folium LLLX [De Carinthia germanie provincia]", Schonsperger, Johann

Subject: Austria

Period: 1497 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

5.5 x 3.4 inches
14 x 8.6 cm

This is an imaginary woodcut view of the Germanic province of Carinthia 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: A

Minor toning, else fine.

Estimate: $160 - $200


Closed on 12/1/2010