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The Nuremberg Chronicle, a pictorial history of the world, is the most lavishly illustrated book of the incunable era. The twenty-nine large double-page city views, many illustrated for the first time, are accurate in depicting particular distinguished features of each city. In addition it includes many details of fifteenth-century daily life: carpenters with their tools, astronomers and their instruments, archers, bridges, derricks, dishes, furniture, windmills, ships, beds, houses, fortifications, weapons, tents, wharves, ferries, books, drawing materials, dogs, horses, and other animals, as well as costumes. Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle epitomizes "the commercial sophistication, economic power and technical virtuosity that brought the art of print to this extraordinary climax" (Pettegree, The Book in the Renaissance, New Haven, 2011 p.42).
Provenance: 'Joannis Baptista Gadii militis', ownership inscription on title.