Auction 161, Lot 770

"Blat CCXV", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 16.1 inches
27.7 x 40.9 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 sheet of German text shows portraits of Thomas Aquinas, King Charles I, and King Philip, as well as an image of two men from the sect of Flagellants whipping themselves. On verso are the portraits of Pope Gregory the Tenth, Innocent the Fifth, and Adrian the Fifth, and an image of a council that convened in Lyons at the bequest of Pope Gregory the Tenth.


Condition: A

Watermarked paper with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $60

Closed on 2/8/2017