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Auction 196, Lot 592

Schedel's Woodcut View of Jerusalem

"Folio LXIII & LXIIII - Destruccio Iherosolime", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Jerusalem, Holy Land

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 10.2 inches
54.1 x 25.9 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 double-page woodcut illustration of the city of Jerusalem is one of the more detailed views in the Nuremberg Chronicle. It is an imaginary view of the destruction of Jerusalem, with towers toppled and the Temple of Solomon engulfed in flames. It is actually a synopsis of six separate holocausts described in the text. Major points in the city are identified with text notations. Of special interest, in the upper left of the image, are the figures of Jesus and Satan shown on top of Mount of Satan. On a full sheet of Latin text measuring 23.6 x 17.3". On verso are woodcut illustrations of the capture of Zedekiah, part of the lineage of Christ, and portraits of priests and profits.

References: Laor #1125.

Condition: B

There are archival repairs to a 4" centerfold separation in the lower image with some associated minute loss, a few other minor separations in the image, and a 3.25" separation in the top blank margin. There are three old manuscript notations in the image and three below the bottom border all in brown ink. Light soiling.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $850

Closed on 2/7/2024