Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus

SCHEDEL, Hartmann.]

Editorial: Nuremberg Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer 1493., 1493
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Imperial folio, [432 x 302 mm.], (20), 299, (1) ff., 2 blanks, (5) ff., 1 blank (including Sarmatian supplement (quire 55) misbound at end). Text in 2 columns, 64 lines, in a rotunda type expressly designed for it. 1809 woodcut illustrations from 645 blocks, of which 31 are double-page; spaces left blank for larger initials. Bound in 17th-century red gold-tooled goatskin (Venetian?), sides panelled and with fan ornament at center and corners, flat spine similarly decorated, gilt edges; repairs at spine and corners, small wormholes at bottom edge of boards; some minor rubbing. Ownership inscription of W.A. Foyle on front end pastedown. Handwritten Latin title-page inserted before printed xylographic title, illegible annotation on title. Discrete mend on t-p; minor repairs to several leaves at margin and gutter; small stain in world map; light dampstain, heavier towards end, some browning, fingersoiling and occasional spotting throughout. Generally a large and very attractive copy. First edition and an outstanding copy of the first illustrated encyclopedia published at the dawn of the discovery period. As a comprehensive contemporary picture of geographical and historical knowledge, the "Nuremberg Chronicle" as it is called, offers nothing less than a history of the world, and, in its own fashion, expanded the barriers of local cities and states just as the transatlantic voyages expanded the boundaries of the world. As a representative picture of 15th- century geographical and historical knowledge, the work is unsurpassed among incunables, in which books of a religious and liturgical nature predominate. A milestone in the history of printing as well, it contains more illustrations than had ever appeared in a printed book, and as a technical challenge of incunable book production, was superseded only by the first printed book, Gutenberg s Bible, also published in Nuremberg. The magnificent woodcut views (of which 31 are double-page) are in most cases the first printed views of the cities and towns they depict, and offer a representative view of how 15th- century readers pictured places they would most likely never visit. Many, such as the important double-page view of Jerusalem, were based on the most up-to-date reports of travellers (usually merchants). The colophon credits the artists Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff for their contribution, a detail with fascinating implication, since Albrecht Dürer was at this time an apprentice in their workshop. The work s author, Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) was a physician and an important humanist and book collector, whose outstanding library provided much of the research materials for the work. (Schedel s private library is "today among the most precious collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, Germany".) The original publisher s contract for the work is extant, providing a revealing window on the complicated production of this enormous project (see further A. Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle). A German edition followed later the same year. *Goff S-307; Hain Copinger 14508; BMC II.437; Schreiber 5203; Adrian Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1976). N° de ref. de la librería 2551

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Título: Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus

Editorial: Nuremberg Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer 1493.

Año de publicación: 1493

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Edición: 1st Edition

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