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Auction 161, Lot 767

"[Lot of 2] CXLIX [and] CXCVI", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

12.4 x 17.6 inches
31.5 x 44.7 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. CXLIX. The verso of this sheet depicts the crucifixion, the great flood that occurred during the sixth year of Emperor Maurice, the Seamless Robe of Jesus, and portraits of the monks Augustine and Miletus, and Hermenigild, king of the Visigoths. The recto shows a council of twenty-four bishops at St. Peter's in Rome and a portrait of Emperor Maurice.

B. CXCVI. The verso of this sheet shows a lineage of Popes: Paschal II, Gelasius II, and Calixtus II. The recto depicts portraits of Godfrey, the first king of Jerusalem, and Baldwin, his brother and successor, as well as an image of a comet.


Condition: B+

Light scattered foxing and minor soiling.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/8/2017