SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber Chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial 2° (448 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] (1/1 xylographic title-page, 1/1v blank, 2/1 index, 4/1r Creation-Ultimate Age of the World, 54/6v blank, 55/1r Sarmatian supplement, 55/5v verse on the exploits of Maximilian, 55/6 blank, 56/1r supplements to the Sixth Age and description of Europe, 61/3v-4r map of Europe, 61/4v colophon, 61/5,6 blank). 322 leaves (of 326, without blanks 54/1 (with printed headline), 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). 7- to 10-line initial spaces. (Marginal wormhole in first 10 quires, occasional dampstain in lower margin, stain at lower hinge often reinforced, adhesion with loss of 2 letters in one leaf, occasional short marginal repairs, map of Europe on guard.) Early 19th-century ?Russian red morocco gilt, pointillé tool border, French royal arms on front cover, flat spine gilt with fleur-de-lis in compartments, gilt edges (back cover and extremities a little scuffed); modern red cloth chemise and slipcase. Provenance: French noble family (stamp) -- Count Sergei Grigor'evich Stroganov (bookplate; pressmark) -- Imperial Tomsk University library (stamps).
FIRST EDITION, FROM THE STROGANOV LIBRARY, of the most extensively illustrated work of the fifteenth 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 was involved in the production of the woodcuts. Issued almost simultaneously in Latin and German editions, the Nuremberg Chronicle is the best documented incunable publication, owing to the survival of elaborate manuscript exemplars for both Latin and German editions and of the contracts between Koberger and the artists (see A. Wilson, The making of the Nuremberg Chronicle, Amsterdam: 1976). HC *14508; BMC II, 437 (IC.7451-3); Klebs 889.1; Schreiber 5203; Goff S-307.