SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493.

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SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514.
Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493.

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SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514.
Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493.
Imperial folio (469 x 315 mm.) 326 leaves (of 328 without blanks 55/6 and 61/6). Xylographic title, c. 1809 woodcut illustrations printed from 645 blocks by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, including Albrecht Dürer, comprising 29 double-page town views, 8 full-page woodcuts and double-page maps of the World [Shirley 19] and of Europe by Hieronymus Münzer after Nicolas Khrypffs. With leaves 259, 260, 261 left blank except for printed headlines for readers' manuscript supplements. 64 lines and headline, table and parts of text double column. Types: 9:165G (headings), 15:110bG (text). 2- and 3-line printed and 7- to 14-line initial spaces. Contemporary blindstamped and ruled calf, brass claps, rebacked, half morocco folding case. Occasionally some light browning and staining, a few leaves with marginal tears or early repairs sometimes crossing a few lines of text, numbered leaves (13,14, 21) slightly shorter, title and a few other leaves mounted along inner margin, blank corner of numbered leaf 145 torn away. Provenance: Sergei Aleksandrovich Sobolevskii (1803-1870, "Ex Bibliotheca Sobolewskiana" bookplate); Collingwood Lindsay Wood of Freeland (bookplate); Evelyn Alice Lindsay Grant, Monymusk (owner's name date "1918"); Cary W. Bok (owner's name date "1927").

FIRST EDITION OF THE NUREMBERG CHRONICLE. A TALL COPY of the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century. The 29 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 15th-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). It was offered for sale at two prices. "Unbound and uncolored it could be obtained for a third of the price of bound and colored copies... Some of the copies were colored in Wolgemut's establishment" (Shaffer). Reference: BMC II 437.IC 7451; BSB-Ink. S-195; Bod-Inc. S-108; CIBN S-161; Goff S-307; GW M40784; HC *14508; Pettegree, The Book in the Renaissance, New Haven, 2011 p. 42; Reske, The Production of Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle Wiesbaden, 2000; Ellen Shaffer The Nuremberg Chronicle Los Angeles, 1950; Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle Amsterdam, 1976.

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SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493.
SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493.
SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493.
SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. 1440-1514. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493.
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