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SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
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SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.

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SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.

Imperial 2° (452 x 310mm). 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, 2/1r 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 Germany, 61/4v colophon, 61/5-6 blank). 326 leaves; quire 55 bound at end. 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. Cockerell's count, Some German woodcuts of the fifteenth century, 1897, pp.35-6), by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, including Albrecht Dürer, lombards, 27 fine NORTHERN ITALIAN ILLUMINATED INITIALS WITH FOLIATE EXTENSIONS. (Neat tears repaired in 4 leaves, a few minor marginal repairs, some light browning.) 18th-century Italian marbled sheep over wooden boards, lightly marbled edges (lightly worn at extremities); modern brown morocco-backed solander box. Provenance: Venice, Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, a member of the reform congregation of Santa Justina of Padua (inscription at end) -- H. Bradley Martin (bookplate; sale Sotheby's New York, 14 June 1990, lot 3356) -- Favia del Core (bookplate; sale Lugano, 1995).

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. Printed within 6 months in Latin and German editions to appeal to markets at home and abroad, the Nuremberg Chronicle enjoyed wide distribution. The contemporary fine northern Italian illumination of the present copy, and its early inscription locating it at San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, attest to its early reception in Italy; a 1509 account documents Italian agents in Milan, Como, Venice, Genoa, Bologna, and Florence. 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.
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