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Auction 189, Lot 712

"Folium VII [Adam and Eve]", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula - Religion

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Liber Chronicarum

Color: Black & White

9 x 10.1 inches
22.9 x 25.7 cm
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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 scene shows Adam and Eve taking the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. A snake wearing a crown, representing Satan, is wrapped around the apple tree. In the lower portion of the image is a scene of God expelling the pair from Paradise for their sins. Latin text. Full sheet measures 12.8 x 18.2".

References: Wilson, p. 103.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression with two small stains in the image, and soiling and dampstains in the blank margins.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/14/2022