Auction 137, Lot 597

"CCXXX - Praga", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Prague, Czech Republic

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 20 inches
19.1 x 50.8 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 very early panoramic view of the Bohemian capital of Prague depicts the city from across the Vltava River, and is one of the earliest obtainable views of Prague. The Prague Castle and St. Vitus' Cathedral are illustrated inside the city walls. Above the map is German text, and on verso is additional German text with seven woodblock engravings, including the comet of 1351, locusts, several portraits and religious leaders, and villagers being burned alive. Two joined sheets, as issued.


Condition: A

Expert paper repairs along joint with a minor amount of image in facsimile, and light soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900


Closed on 9/14/2011