Auction 173, Lot 454

"Folio XC", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Hand Color

20 x 9.9 inches
50.8 x 25.1 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 double-page sheet shows the lineage of Herod the Great, including Cleopatra at top center, on a full sheet of Latin text measuring 24.5 x 17.3". The other side includes a variety of portraits, including Tullius, Catiline, and Cato the Later.


Condition: A

Issued as separate sheets and professionally joined. There is some light foxing in the margins.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/5/2019