Lot 6014
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Das Buch der Chroniken und Geschicten.... Nuremberg: Antón Koberger, 23 December 1493. Translated by Georg Alt. 297 leaves (of 298, lacking blank 56/6). Xylographic title-page and over 1800 woodcuts from 645 blocks, by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, possibly including the young Albrecht Durer. 3 portraits with early hand-coloring and slight coloring to 2 others.
Bound with: SCHRENK VON NOZING, JACOB. D.1612. Der aller durchleuchtigisten.... Innsbruck: Daniel Baur, [1603]. Title in woodcut border; engraved allegorical frontispiece with portrait of the dedicatee, Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria; the title-page border repeated on each text leaf; 125 engraved portraits with elaborate architectural borders.
Folio (448 x 292 mm). Period blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, clasps, edges stained blue. Chronicle with dampstain spreading from gutter at top and some associated tears at ends, including both maps, marginal repairs to first two register leaves, title-page creased and with two repairs (one effecting ownership inscription). Durchleuchtigisten title-page with some tears and reinforcement to verso, all fore-edge borders shaved, scattered marginal repairs (small loss to about 12 leaves), occasional minor staining. Binding with a tear from head of spine, corners showing, light overall rubbing, one clasp lacking.

First edition in German of the Nuremberg Chronicle, appearing about 5 months after the first Latin edition of the same year. The same woodcuts were used, with minor variation in placement. The most lavishly illustrated book of the 15th century, important also for the two woodcut maps, of the world and of Europe. Goff S-309; Hain 14510; Klebs 890.1.
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