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Auction 142, Lot 742

"[Lot of 2] Folio XXXIII [and] Folio LXVI", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula, Religious

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Cronicarum

Color: Black & White

11 x 16 inches
27.9 x 40.6 cm
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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 XXXIII. This sheet depicts the Altar of the Burnt Offerings, the Vestments of the High Priest, and the Laver on the recto, with the Ten Commandments and architectural details of the Tabernacle on the verso.

B. Folio LXVI. This sheet depicts the visionary Temple of Ezekiel on the recto, with engravings of the ground plan and views of several gates and walls.


Condition: B+

Light soiling and a few faint spots.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $170

Closed on 11/28/2012