Folio (470 x 330 mm.), full brown morocco by R. Petit, blind ruled boards, with ribbed spine, blind ruled compartments and gilt titles, edges gilt with marbled endpapers. With 327 leaves (of 328), lacking final blank, 64 lines and headlines, Latin text, with 1809 woodcut illustrations (including maps of the world and central Europe) by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop including Albrecht Durer, from 645 blocks (according to Cockerell). Capital spaces blank, title restored and reinserted, a few leaves slightly shorter at the lower edge 46, 138 & 9, 245, repaired tears to 111, 159, small stain to verso of 227 and 244, otherwise a very clean example internally and in good condition.
The FIRST EDITION of Hartmann Schedel’s ‘Nuremberg Chronicle’ published in Nuremberg 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 between 1486-89, he 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 who was Durer’s godfather. At the time it was the most profusely illustrated book ever published. It includes 29 double page town views, 8 full page cuts. The double page maps are by Hieronymous Munzer of the world based on Pomponius Mela, and Europe are after Nicolas Khrypffs. 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. Provenance: ‘Ellis May 16 1867 £25.0.0’ written by hand on first free blank endpaper, repeated on the last; Giancarlo Beltrame Library sold through Christies, London, 13 July 2016. BMC II, 437; Goff S307; Hain *14508; ISTC is00307000; Wilson, A. (1976) ‘The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle’.