Friday, September 25th, 2020

From castles and palaces - selected art and works of art from antiquity to the 20th century, the auction includes 246 lots.

The Chronicles of Schedel, also known as the Nuremberg Chronicles, form part of a long series of accounts of world history called "Chronica" (e.g. Johannes Stumpf, Schwytzer Chronica), which were published in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The German historian Hartmann Schedel's main work is regarded as the most lavishly illustrated incunabulum of all. It was first published in Nuremberg in 1493, initially in Latin, with a small print run being produced in German six months later. The woodcuts were designed by Michael Wolgemut, probably with contributions from Albrecht Dürer.

The history of the world is represented as epochs in the time-honoured tradition, from the Creation to the Last Judgment. The city scenes are particularly noteworthy, of which 29 are double spread, along with the two double-page maps, one of Europe and a world map, with America not yet included.

Large folio (46.5 x 33.5 cm). 297 leaves (287 n, 10 nn). Two double-leaf sized woodcut maps, more than 1800 woodcuts (some of which repeated).

The first German edition, Dec. 1493, with the illustrations of the Latin edition. Blind-embossed, 16th century, half pigskin bindings over wood covers; two brass clasps. The cover with a parchment sleeve from a handwritten, 15th century missal script, stained and scuffed, the corners knocked, the back cover broken with an old repair. The paper somewhat discoloured and with traces of use (finger marks, some water stains, brown spots and ink blots), several leaves with minor tears and rips, some with ancient repairs. A small repair to the corner of the cover. The woodcut on leaf 50 partly coloured, a few old underlinings and marginalia.  Occasional, minor worm damage. The front flyleaf and back inner cover with 17th century annotations. The cover with an old date (1683) and owner's note written by the Würzburg notary Philipp Friedrich Agricola, whose ex libris, with his coat of arms, is also stamped in the front inner cover. Hain 14510; GW M40796; BMC II, 437; Goff S-309. Condition: II -


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