SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514.
Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, December 23, 1493.
Folio (431 x 289 mm). 297 leaves (lacking blank leaf). [x], CCLXXXVII ll. Translated by George Alt. Xylographic title-page and over 1800 woodcuts from 645 blocks, by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, possibly including the young Albrecht Durer, all hand-colored, rubricated, initials in red or red and blue. Period blindstamped pigskin, brass corners and clasps, rebacked. First 10 leaves expertly re-margined, several other leaves throughout with marginal repairs, occasional finger soiling, extensive marginalia in an 18th century hand, covers with repairs.
Provenance: DAVID NERRETER [1640-1726], German theologian, notes possibly in his hand throughout; unidentified armorial stamp to title; Bibliothek Dietmar J. Friess, Basel (blindstamp to title).
FIRST EDITION IN GERMAN OF THE NUREMBERG CHRONICLE. A handsomely-colored example of the most lavishly illustrated book of the 15th century. The work was commissioned by two wealthy Nuremberg merchants, first contracting Wolgemut and Pleydenwurff to provide the layout and oversee production of the illustrations and later hiring Schedel, who was a medical doctor, humanist and an avid book collector, to provide the text. The German version was printed about five months later and is now considerably more rare. Goff S-309; Hain 14510; Klebs 890.1.