• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 42

    SCHEDEL, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum translated by Georg Alt: Das Buch der Croniken unnd Geschichten. Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger, 1500.

    Price Realised  

    SCHEDEL, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum translated by Georg Alt: Das Buch der Croniken unnd Geschichten. Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger, 1500.

    Chancery 2o (305 x 213 mm). Collation: a6 b-e4 f-g6 h4 i6 k2 l4 m6 n8 o-p6 q4 r-v6 x4 y-z6 A-Z6 AA-KK6 *2; 2a-2b6. (a1r xylographic title, a1v prologue, a2v full-page woodcut, a3r text, KK5v colophon, KK6 blank, *1.2 map of Europe, 2a1 title to register, 2a2 register, 2b6 blank). 329 (of 332) leaves, (without *1.2 map of Europe and without blank KK6, the register bound in at beginning). 51-52 lines and headline, double column. Type: 4:150G (headlines and headings), 9:87G (text), woodcut black lombard capitals, one Maiblumen capital, profusely illustrated with one full-page woodcut, a half-page world-map, woodcut city views, portraits, and scenes, 2 xylographic title-pages. (Some light browning and staining, a few marginal tears or minor chipping.) Near contemporary blind rolled German calf over wooden boards, remnants of brass clasps (rebacked). Provenance: Mr. Haag, Oberwesel (1908 gift inscription to); Schönburg Castle; T.J. Oakley Rhinelander (bookplate).

    This is the second of Schönsperger's German editions of the Nuremberg Chronicle, which he pirated first in 1496 and in Latin in 1497. BMC II, 375 (IB. 6422); BSB-Ink S-199; Goff S-311; HC *14512; Klebs 890.3; Schreiber 5207.


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