Auction 149, Lot 592

"Blat CCXLIX [Constantinople]", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey - Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

8.8 x 9.1 inches
22.4 x 23.1 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 early view is a reduced version of Schedel's larger view of Constantinople. It shows the city with the same windmills, monuments and mosques within an imaginary countryside. The text describes the siege of Constantinople in 1453. The view is on a full sheet of German text (10.9 x 15.8") with portraits of Suncassianus, the King of Persia and Armenia, John Capistrano, and poet Francesco Filelfo of Ancona on the verso.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with light soiling, a few pencil marks, and a chip at bottom right that has been archivally repaired with a tiny amount of image in facsimile. Several short tears that enter about 1/2" into image at right have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 5/21/2014