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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 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 who was Durer’s godfather. 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. PROVENANCE: Hooten Pagnell Hall, Yorkshire. BMC II, 437; Goff S307; Hain *14508; ISTC is00307000.
SCHEDEL, Hartmann

Liber Chronicarum

Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, 12 July 1493
Folio (470 x 330 mm.), early calf over bevelled boards, extensive blind stamped decoration to boards, with brass clasps, rebacked with ribbed spine, ornate blind stamped compartments complimenting the boards, with 327 leaves (of 328), lacking f. 159, but with all blanks present, 64 lines and headlines, Latin text, with over 1800 woodcut illustrations (including maps of the world and central Europe) by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, capital spaces blank, very minor strengthening of some of the margins of the initial and final few leaves, title finger-soiled at edges, 2 leaves supplied from a shorter copy (9 & 265), early ink annotations on the title identifying Schedel and giving reference to where his name appears in text, inserted leaf 9 with stain and repaired mark, otherwise a very clean example internally and in good condition.
Stock number: 8834


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