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Auction 146, Lot 812

"Blat CXXXVI", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Black & White

10.9 x 16.2 inches
27.7 x 41.1 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.

The recto of this sheet with German text shows portraits of Saint Augustine, his mother Monica, Proba and Euphrosina. The verso shows the Third Ecumenical Council, which was held at Ephesus under Emperor Theodosius the Younger, along with portraits of several popes: Celestine, Sixtus the Third, Leo the First, and Hilarius.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with a few minor damp stains in blank margins, light soiling, and some pencil marks on recto.

Estimate: $70 - $85

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/4/2013