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Auction 96, Lot 531

"CCXL - Constancia", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

20.8 x 7.9 inches
52.8 x 20.1 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.

A superb double-page view the city of Konstanz in southern Germany. The walls, houses and churches are wonderfully detailed and the dock in the foreground is filled with boats and busy dockworkers. German text above view and on verso, which also includes numerous portraits. Two sheets joined as usual.


Condition: A

Slight variation in tone between the sheets, else a fine sharp impression with only minor surface soil in margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/12/2001