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Auction 190, Lot 691

"Folio CXXV", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Hand Color

12.8 x 18.5 inches
32.5 x 47 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.

The recto of this sheet with Latin text includes the portraits of Sebastian, St. Lucia, St. Vitus, Afra (daughter of the king of Cyprus), and Pantaleon (a physician). The verso features the portraits of St. Dorothea, Eleutherius, Sergius and Bachus, the four crowned ones (Severinus, Severianus, Carpopherus and Victorinus), Fides, the martyr Euphemia, Felix & Adauctus, and Felix & Fortunatus.


Condition: B+

Very light toning with some dampstains along the edges of the sheet, marginal soiling, and a couple of repaired tears at bottom.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 11/16/2022