Auction 170, Lot 709

"Blat CLXXXVI", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Hand Color

12.3 x 17.3 inches
31.2 x 43.9 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 shows the genealogy of Saint Henry The Emperor on verso. On the recto is an image of Emperor Henry II and Saint Kunigunde holding a model of a cathedral church in Bamberg that had been founded by Henry II, and became the location where he and his wife were buried. Also on recto are the portrait of Conrad the Second and images of a solar eclipse and a comet. German text.


Condition: B+

Marginal soiling, with a large chip (not affecting the image) confined to the bottom right corner of the sheet that has been repaired with old paper.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $190

Closed on 11/14/2018