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This is the smaller of two images of Constantinople (Istanbul) in Hartman Schedel’s ‘Nuremberg Chronicle’ published in 1493. It illustrates the city and its surroundings. The text below describes the siege of 1453. The book was published at the height of the Renaissance. Schedel was a physician and editor of the text which is a year-by-year account of notable events in world history from the creation down to the year of publication, with special emphasis on ominous and portentous events including the invention of printing. This woodcut along with the nearly 1800 others are the work of Michael Wohlgemut (1434–1519) and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (1460–1494). Wohlgemut is best known to have been the early tutor to Albrecht Durer who was in his workshop at the time of this works production and is generally believed to have contributed to it. The work was printed by Anton Koberger. At the time it was the most profusely illustrated book ever published. This example is from the first edition printed in July 1493 with Latin text, a later issue with German text was published in December of the same year. There is an interesting early English manuscript hand below describing ‘how to play at Glocke’ (Gluck). There follows five lines of text describing the game along with a comment on the left. Fauser 6812.
SCHEDEL, Hartman

De expugnatione Costatinopolis

Nuremberg, 1493
235 x 230 mm., image size on folio sheet of text, with early English manuscript notations describing a game, small ink mark upper right, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9640


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