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Auction 175, Lot 641

"[Frontispiece - God the Father]", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

9.4 x 14.8 inches
23.9 x 37.6 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 impressive woodcut depicts God the Father seated on a throne surrounded by the firmament. Cherubs cavort in the heavens above and two devilish creatures holding armorial crests are at bottom. A banner (in Latin) reads, God said Let there Be and all things were made. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Later but not recent color. Few flaws in blank margins including a very old paper replacement. One small spot in image. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $550

Closed on 11/13/2019