SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial 2° (468 x 315). 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). 322 leaves (of 326, lacking 5/1 and without 54/2 [blank except for headline] and blank 61/5-6). 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. (Marginal tears repaired in 4 lvs., marginal section renewed in fo. LXXXVI, 38/1.6 strengthened at lower margin and just covering part of lower woodcut, map of Germany creased and with small marginal wormhole and minor strengthening on verso, a few bifolia reinforced at hinge with vellum guard, occasional light staining or spotting.) Contemporary Netherlandish blindstamped calf over bevelled wooden boards, sides with large diapered panel filled with pineapple stamps, border of alternating leaf ornament and rosette, metal guards at board edge corners (rebacked, repaired at edges). Provenance: a few early annotations -- Brussels, Jesuit College, 1644 (inscription mounted on title) -- Beriah Botfield, bought from Payne & Foss for £6.6 (P. & F. Acquisitions, p.17).
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 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.