SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial 2 (420 x 300). Collation: [1-26 38 46 5-74 8-116 172 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). 325 leaves (of 328, without blank 55/6 and 61/5-6; fos. 9/3.4, 25/1, 53/6, 54/5 and possibly others supplied from another copy), 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 Drer, lombards, WOODCUTS COLOURED BY A NEAR-CONTEMPORARY HAND, 14-line initial opening text in interlocking red and blue with purple penwork decoration, other initial spaces left blank, red capital strokes. (Quires 1 and 4 rehinged, several leaves remargined at hinge and upper or lower margin with slight loss, section of world map expertly repaired in facsimile, some light browning, occasional spotting or light staining, a few small wormholes in first quires.) A remboitage of 17th-century pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, tooled in blind with rolls, newer large brass cornerpieces, 5 central bosses, 2 fore-edge clasps (front cover rubbed free of tooling). Provenance: annotated throughout in Arabic.
A FINE COLOURED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of the Nuremberg Chronicle, the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century, with over 1800 woodcuts. An elaborate manuscript exemplar, created to integrate text and illustration, survives, as do the contracts between Koberger and the artists responsible for the illustrations. Albrecht Drer, godson of Koberger, was an apprentice to Wolgemut from 1486 to 1489 and almost certainly was involved in the production of the woodcuts. (See 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.