SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial 2° (432 x 302). 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, and a later additional calligraphic title added at front. 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, spaces left blank for larger initials. (Light dampstain, heavier towards end, some browning, tears in title just touching text expertly repaired, 1/1.6 rehinged, some light spotting, small stain in world map, one marginal repair.) Italian 17th-century red gold-tooled goatskin, sides panelled and with fan ornament at centre and corners, flat spine similarly decorated, gilt edges (slightly scuffed and rubbed, repairs at spine and corners, small wormholes at spine).
FIRST EDITION. The Nuremberg Chronicle is 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 Dürer, 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.