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Auction 161, Lot 766


"[Lot of 2] Folio LXX [and] Folio LXXXV", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

11.8 x 17.5 inches
30 x 44.5 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 sheets with Latin text.

A. Folio LXX. The recto of this sheet illustrates Marcus Curtius on horseback plunging into the great chasm in the earth, as well as portraits of Aratus (an astrologer and poet), Aesop Adelphus (poet), and Veturia, the mother of Coriolanus. The verso depicts portraits of a lineage of Persian kings (Darius, Xerxes, Artabanus, and Artaxerxes) along with portraits of Democritus of Abdera and Heraclitus, the philosopher.

B. Folio LXXXV. The recto depicts the portraits of Philo, Cathon and Catho the philosophers, Scipio, and Publius Terentius (Terence). The verso shows a lineage of Roman senators.


Condition: A

Very light soiling, mostly confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $100 - $130


Closed on 2/8/2017