Auction 97, Lot 289

"[Central and Northern Europe]", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Europe

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Black & White

21.9 x 15.5 inches
55.6 x 39.4 cm

This is the first modern map of Central and Northern Europe published in print. It is believed to have been drawn by Hieronymus Munzer, a physician in Nuremberg and was included in Schedel's important, early world history. It is one of the earliest delineations of Scandinavia and one of the few non-Ptolemaic maps of the period. It extends from Provence, across northern Italy and the Balkans to Constantinople, and north to include the Baltic, Scandinavia, Britain and Iceland (Uslant). This rare map was the last leaf in this mammoth book and consequently is frequently damaged. Also because of its very large size, it was often issued with very narrow or trimmed margins, as is the case with this example.

References: Nordenskiold, p. 40; Campbell, #220.

Condition: B

Trimmed side margins with long repaired tear & small section of loss (5/8 x 5") at lower left with old replacement of paper at the time of a previous re-binding. Some damp stains at side and lower centerfold. Overall a bit above average for this map.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000


Closed on 12/5/2001