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Auction 183, Lot 542

"Der Stam ind Insprucnk der Hertzogen van Saffen", Schonsperger, Johann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1500 (circa)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

5.6 x 9 inches
14.2 x 22.9 cm
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This sheet of German text includes images related to Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, including a family tree and a portrait of him on horseback. This leaf is from a rare reduced edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, that is often called the Mini-Schedel.

Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle, published in 1493, presented the history of the world in a pictorial encyclopedia. Among the illustrations were views of towns and cities throughout Europe and the Near East, and an enormous number of other subjects, including diagrams of the Creation, comets, family trees, portraits & biblical scenes. The folio Chronicle was very expensive and thus Johann Schonsperger, who specialized in reprints, saw the opportunity to publish a smaller and less costly version. He published German versions in 1496 & 1500 and a Latin version in 1497. These are often referred to as pirated editions because they were published without the consent of Schedel or the original printer, Anton Koberger.


Condition: B+

Light soiling with several old manuscript notations, a small dampstain at top left, a small chip at top, and an archivally repaired chip at bottom right.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/9/2021