SCHEDEL HARTMANN

Liber Chronicarum (or so called Nuremberg Chronicle)
Date: Nuremberg,A. Koberger per S. Schreyer e S. Kammermaister,1493
Subject: Nuremberg Chronicle
60.000,00 €
Imperial Folio (mm 485x330); leaves (20), 299, (1); (5) with 2 double page woodcut maps (world and central Europe) and 1809 (of which 25 in original coloring) woodcuts in the text from 645 blocks, of which 31 are double-page, all by M. Wohlgemuth and W. Pleydenwurff; painted fig. initial at beginning and some fleuronne, illuminated initials in red, blue and brown rubricated; spaces left blank for larger initials. Lacking title, exactly supplied by old hand and, as often, blank numb. leaves 259-261; 30 leaves replaced by another copy of smaller size and with no rubrication, among them the 2 maps. Latin text in 64 lines, in a rotunda type expressly designed for it. Contemporary calf over strong wooden boards with 10 brass bosses, brass edges at corners and 2 brass clasps. First edition, on firmer paper and with a stronger impression of the woodcuts than the German edition, which was published half a year later. The Liber chronicarum, a universal history compiled from older and contemporary sources by the Nuremberg doctor, humanist, and bibliophile Hartmann Schedel (1440–1514), is one of the most densely illustrated and technically advanced works of early printing. It contains 1809 woodcuts produced from 645 blocks. The Nuremberg entrepreneur Sebald Schreyer and his brother-in-law, Sebastian Kammermeister, financed the production of the book. Michael Wolgemut and his son-in-law Wilhelm Pleydenwurff executed the illustrations in around 1490, a time when their workshop was at its artistic peak and the young Albrecht Dürer was just completing his apprenticeship there. The views of towns, some authentic, some invented or copied from older models, are of both artistic and topographical interest. There are 26 double-page engravings of views of cities; some of these based upon sketches made on the spot. Sixty-nine other views of cities are based upon 22 woodcuts. Prints of individuals number 598, based on 96 different woodcuts. There are two colophons: the first, at l. 266, does not name the printer; it gives the date June 4th (1493). The second colophon is on the verso of (unnumbered) leave CCC, and gives the date of completion as July 12, 1493. Minor staining (few leaves stronger), lower margin with small defects, 2 leaves with marginal spot torn out, ca. 10 lvs. with longer tear (partly backed), few lvs. with small wormtraces in the white margins, map of Europe with 2 wormtraces slightly affecting printed matter, the first woodcut of the Apocalypse with backed tear and ink scribbling in the margin. Covering brittle, spine rubbed, endpapers and movable leather parts of the clasps renewed. Good copy with wide margins.

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