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Auction 186, Lot 44

A Miniature Version of Schedel's Ancient World Map

"Secunda Etas Mundi", Schonsperger, Johann

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1496 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 4 inches
14.7 x 10.2 cm
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This rare woodcut depicting the ancient world is from the first edition of the reduced version of Hartman Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle, sometimes called the mini-Schedel. The Ptolemaic map, featuring huge rivers and convoluted mountain ranges, is enclosed in a border containing twelve windheads. At three corners are Noah's three sons, Ham, Shem and Japhet. On a full sheet of Latin text (7.9 x 11.3"). Much rarer than the folio version, this is a fine example of this charming incunabula map.

References: Shirley #20; Imago Mundi XI, p. 46.

Condition: A

Map is clean and bright. There is some soiling in the text below the map and in the margins, as well as a couple of old paper repairs along the edges of the sheet, well away from the image.

Estimate: $3,750 - $4,500

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 2/9/2022