SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514)
Registrum huius Operis Libri Cronicarum cum Figuris et Ymaginibus ab Inicio Mundi [Liber Chronicarum, Nuremberg Chronicle]
Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 12 July 1493. Folio. 16 7/8 x 12 inches. 326 leaves (including final blank), illustrated with double-page woodcut map of Europe, and numerous woodcuts of all sizes throughout by Wohlgemut, Pleydenwurff and Albrecht Dürer, viz., 1,809 woodcuts in 645 blocks, including forty-two large city views.
Early eighteenth-century full red Italian morocco, ruled and tooled in gilt on boards and spine.
Fine copy with provenance from the Medici Library of the first edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, the first printed illustrated history and description of the world.
The Liber Chronicarum, or Nuremberg Chronicle, is the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century. The text by Hartmann Schedel, a Nuremberg doctor and historian who was one of the first cartographers to use the printing press, sets out to chronicle the history of the world from its creation to the end of the 15th century, including topographical descriptions of all the major cities of the known world. The chief beauty of this work is the harmonious way in which the text and illustrations are blended to form pages that show a remarkable balance between the type and woodcut. The images include a fine early world map, a map of Europe, a brilliant creation series, a dance of death series, portraits of the saints (with their attributes), illustrated biblical and royal genealogies and of course the well-known series of panoramic city views. These views are now amongst some of the earliest representations of towns and cities available. 116 towns and cities are identified by name, but apparently only about a quarter of the illustrations are considered to be accurate. Amongst these are some very fine double-page views of locations including: Venice, Rome, Jerusalem, Florence, Cologne, Augsburg, Regensburg, Vienna, Nuremberg, Constantinople, Buda, Strassburg, Munich, Prague, Constance, Basel and Cracow.
Goff S307; HC 14508*; GfT 1158; Klebs 889.1; Schr 5203; Schramm XVII p. 9; Walsh 726, 727, 728, 729, 730, 731, 732; Oates 1026, 1027, 1028, 1029; Rhodes (Oxford Colleges) 1595; Bod-inc S-108; Sheppard 1520-1521; Pr 2084; BMC II 437; BSB-Ink S-195; GW M40784.