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
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.
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.