SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial 2° (431 x 305mm). Collation: [1-26 38 46 5-74 8-116 122 134 14-166 172 18-196 20-254 26-296 302 316 324 33-356 362 374 38-616]. (1/1r xylographic title-page, 1/1v blank, 1/2r index, 4/1r Creation-Ultimate Age of the World, 54/6v blank, 55/1r Sarmatian supplement, 55/5v verse on the exploits of Maximilian, 56/1r supplements to the Sixth Age and description of Europe, 61/3v-4r map of Germany, 61/4v colophon). 325 leaves (of 328, without blank fos 55/6 and 61/5-6). 64 lines and headline, table and parts of text double column, fos CCLVIIII-CCLXI blank except for printed headlines. Types: 9:165G (headlines and headings), 16:110bG (text). 1809 woodcut illustrations printed from 645 blocks (S.C. Cockrell's count, Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, Kelmscott Press: 1897, pp.35-6). German illuminated initial opening text in blue on red ground with floral in-fill on liquid gold ground (rubbed), initials in table in interlocking red and blue or red only, yellow capital strokes and blue and red paragraph marks on opening page. (Title remargined, fol. I and Europe map probably supplied, some light browning, light soiling, small stains, neat repairs occasionally into text but rarely with loss, map of Europe on guard with minor repairs, Pope Joan reference censored in table.) 19th-century calf over thick wooden boards, ruled with blind fillets, two older brass fore-edge clasps, red speckled edges (small repairs, new endpapers).
FIRST EDITION OF THE MOST EXTENSIVELY ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE 15TH CENTURY. Albrecht Dürer, godson of Koberger, was an apprentice to Wolgemut, one of the chief artists for the book, from 1486 to 1489 and almost certainly involved in the production of the woodcuts. The work was published in both Latin and German editions (of c. 2,000 copies each, the German edition appearing some five months after the Latin), and it enjoyed swift success, engendering a number of pirated editions. Cf. A. Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle, Amsterdam: 1976; BMC II, 437 (IC. 7451-3); HC *14508; Polain(B) 3469; Schramm XVII, 6-7, 9; Schreiber 5203; Goff S-307.