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SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum, in German: Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten mit figuren und pildnussen. Translated from Latin by Georg Alt (c.1450-1510). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 23 December 1493.
SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum, in German: Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten mit figuren und pildnussen. Translated from Latin by Georg Alt (c.1450-1510). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 23 December 1493.

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SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum, in German: Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten mit figuren und pildnussen. Translated from Latin by Georg Alt (c.1450-1510). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 23 December 1493.

Imperial 2° (435 x 300mm). Collation: [110 26 3-54 6-96 102 114 12-14 152 16-176 18-234 24-276 282 296 304 31-336 342 354 36-506 51-524 53-566 572] (1/1r title, verso blank, 1/2r table, 2/1r text, 56/6 blank, 57/1v-2r map of Europe, 57v colophon). 297 leaves (of 298, without 56/6 blank). Table and parts of the text in two columns, 59-64 lines and headline. Types: 24:111G (text), 9:165G (headlines). Calligraphic woodcut title, 3- to 6-line initial spaces in table, one 9-line initial space on 2/1r, printed initials elsewhere. 645 woodcuts in many different sizes, repeated to a total of over 1800 illustrations, by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop (including the young Albrecht DüRER), the woodcuts including 29 double-page town views, 8 full-page cuts, a world map and a map of Europe by Hieronymus Münzer after Nicolas Khrypffs. (Occasional marginal tears and several neat repairs, small paper flaw to 46/6r not affecting text, marginal dampstaining in several leaves, some light spotting, particularly to map of Europe, map of Europe on guard.) 18th-century blindstamped pigskin over thick wooden boards, brass central boss and ornamental cornerpieces presumably transferred from the original binding, title tooled in panel on upper cover (cracks at spine, some scratch marks and scuffing, without two fore-edge clasps). Provenance: Christoff Mayer (official of the Holy Roman Empire; annotations dated 1636, including a poem; further manuscript notes dated 24 December 1642) -- Vienna, Benedictine Schottenkloster library (manuscript note by brother Henricus Wispauer, dated 1740, later stamp) -- Count Oswald Seilern (1901-67; sale Christie's 26 March 2003, lot 103).

FIRST EDITION IN GERMAN OF THE NUREMBERG CHRONICLE. The German edition is considerably rarer than the Latin. It was completed about 5 months after the Latin edition, using the same woodcuts with a few minor variations, and was printed in about half as many copies as the Latin; that ratio is reflected in the survival rates of the two editions. The original designs for the complicated lay-out of both editions have survived. In this fine copy the passage on Pope Joan (f. CLXIX verso) is censored with a dark wash. H *14510; BMC II, 437 (IC.7458); BSB-Ink S-197; Bod-inc S-110; Klebs 890.1; Polain(B) 3471; Schreiber 5205; Goff S-309.

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