Auction 140, Lot 887

"[Lot of 2] Folio CCLXVIII [and] Folio LXXI", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula, Hungary and Toulouse, France

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

11 x 16 inches
27.9 x 40.6 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 lot includes two folio sheets from a Latin edition:

A. Folio CCLXVIII. The verso depicts an imaginary view of the Hungarian countryside with several medieval villages and hilltop castles.

B. Folio LXXI. A panel of portraits on recto represent several philosophers, including Themistocles, Aristides, and Anaxagoras. The large view on the verso of the city of Toulouse (Tolosa) does not show an authentic city view, but is in fact the same woodcut also used to portray Troy.


Condition: B+

A few faint spots. The first sheet also has a damp stain confined to left blank margin.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 5/23/2012