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Auction 183, Lot 543

"Voder Tauset Martrern", Schonsperger, Johann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1500 (circa)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Hand Color

9.1 x 12.8 inches
23.1 x 32.5 cm
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This engraving shows martyrs pierced through their bodies by thorned plants. On a full sheet of German text. This leaf is from a rare reduced edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, that is often called the Mini-Schedel or the Augsburg Chronicle.

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

An old colored example with moderate soiling and several old paper repairs along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/9/2021