SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber Chronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial 2o (457 x 310). 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]. 327 leaves (of 328, lacks blank leaf 61/6), the Salmation supplement supplied from another shorter copy. 4/1-61/3 foliated I-CCLXVI with errors, quire 55, the Salmatian supplement, without printed foliation, fols. CCLVIIII-CCLXI blank except for printed headlines, intended for readers' manuscript additions to the Sixth Age. 64 lines and headline. Types 9:165G (headings), 16:1108G (text). Xylographic title, 2- and 3-line pearled Lombard initials, 645 woodcuts repeated to a total of 1809 illustrations (Sydney Cockerell's count), including 2 double-page maps of the World (Shirley 19) and Europe, 29 town views extending across two pages, and 8 full-page cuts, by Michael Wohlgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, including the young Albrecht Drer. Spaces for larger initials. (Title lightly soiled and with several discreetly repaired wormholes, XX with marginal repaired tear in lower fore-corner, 4 leaves with 1/4-inch foxmarks, approximately ten leaves with pale marginal dampstaining, several leaves with unobtrusive marginal ink smudges, CCXCVII with error in foliation covered with ink smudge, some other minor occasional spotting). Modern pigskin, cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION of the Nuremberg Chronicle, a history of the world compiled by physician Hartmann Schedel with the assistance of Conrad Celtis and Hieronymus Mnzer, and the most extensively illustrated book of the fifteenth century. A fine copy, the map of Europe with wide margins.
HC 14508*; BMC II, 437; Pr 2084; Schreiber 5203; Shirley 19; Goff S-307.