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Auction 95, Lot 256

"CCXL - Constancia", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (circa)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

20.5 x 8 inches
52.1 x 20.3 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.

Impressive double page, woodblock view of Konstanz. The beautiful cathedral sits in the center of the walled city. In the foreground workmen are loading boats. German text above the view. Several woodcut illustrations of famous people on verso.


Condition: B

Centerfold restoration, as is common with double page views from this early work. Minor light foxing and a professional repair of a tear entering 4" into image at bottom left.

Estimate: $700 - $750


Closed on 6/13/2001