16 June 2016
PROPERTY FROM THE CHARLES E. SIGETY COLLECTION
SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). World map. “Secunda etas mundi.” Nuremberg: Koberger, 12 July 1493.
Woodcut map of the world, image 310 x 438 mm (442 x 590 mm sheet), the world map surrounded by a woodcut border and 12 wind heads while the map is supported in three corners by woodcut figures of Ham, Shem and Japhet. Latin text (light staining at centerfold, fold strengthened and repaired on verso).
FIRST EDITION from the Latin edition of Liber Chronicarum, the Nuremberg Chronicle. "The world map is a robust woodcut taken from Ptolemy… What gives the map its present-day interest and attraction are the panels representing the outlandish creatures and beings that were thought to inhabit the furthermost parts of the earth. There are seven such scenes to the left of the map and a further fourteen on its reverse." Shirley 19; Wilson, p.98-122.
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