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Auction 165, Lot 754


"[Lot of 2] CCXXVIII [and] CCXXXIX", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

11.8 x 17.4 inches
30 x 44.2 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.

Two sheets with Latin text. The recto of the first sheet shows an image of an Ottoman and portraits of Odericus, Ludolfus, and Ubertino; on verso are the portraits of Popes Clement VI and Innocent VI. The second sheet shows a full-length portrait of Roman Emperor Sigismund on recto with an imaginary image of the Congregation of Saint Justine on verso.


Condition: A

Bright sheets with light marginal soiling.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $95

Closed on 11/15/2017