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Auction 98, Lot 478

"XI", Schedel, Hartmann

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1493 (published)

Publication: Nuremberg Chronicle

Color: Hand Color

11.7 x 17 inches
29.7 x 43.2 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.

Superb woodblock view of the building of Noah's Ark. In the foreground two men prepare timber's under the watchful eye of Noah. In the background carpenters complete the finishing touches, while others load stores. At top is a dove with an olive branch in its beak. In the text below the illustration a rainbow symbolizes the contract between God and man. Latin text.

References: Wilson, p. 112, plt. 5.

Condition: B

Minor foxing with some stains in margins affecting only text above illustration.

Estimate: $325 - $375

Sold for: $300

Closed on 3/6/2002