Auction 141, Lot 760

"Folio LXV [Babylon & Solomon's Temple]", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Cronicarum

Color: Black & White

11.3 x 16 inches
28.7 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 interesting sheet features an imaginary view of the destruction of Babylon. The lineages of the Babylonian and Roman kings are also shown. The verso depicts Solomon's Temple, the lineage of Christ, and several other portraits, including Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zecharias. Latin text.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with light soiling, a 1" cut at top that has been closed with archival tape, and small worm tracks and remnants of paper tape in left blank margin.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/5/2012