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One of the earliest printed depictions of Jerusalem. It is an amalgam of six disasters described in the accompanying text. The centre of the image shows the Temple of Solomon in flames. To the left on top of the Mount of Satan are figures representing Jesus and Satan. It appeared in Hartman Schedel’s ‘Nuremberg Chronicle’ published in 1493. 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. Laor, E. (1986) 1125.
SCHEDEL, Hartman

Destruccio Iherosolime

Nuremberg, 1493
260 x 520 mm. (image size), with text above, some holes in the centrefold due to binding as expeected, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9632


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